President Obama’s former speechwriter said he was “preemptively frustrated” by President Biden’s efforts to find unity with Republicans.
What they say : Cody Keenan told Axios that Biden’s messaging team had “come up with all the right deals,” but at some point “they’ll have to answer questions like, ‘Why haven’t you reached unity? ? “When there is a whole political party which is already taking action to stop it.”
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Keenan spent 14 years writing for Obamaincluding working alongside Biden for eight of those years. He admitted to being embittered by his own experience, especially after Senator Mitch McConnell pledged to make his former boss a term president.
“Until the Republican Party steps up and tells its own constituents what is really going on with the truth, it will remain elusive,” Keenan said. “It is not for (President Biden) alone to deliver. He cannot.”
Keenan helped Obama with the first volume of his memoirs, “A Promised Land”. He quit working with the former president on New Years Eve and took a full-time position at Fenway Strategies. The business is run by another former Obama speechwriter – Jon Favreau – and presidential aide Tommy Vietor.
“It just seemed like a natural place after the book and the election and, you know, [Obama] isn’t going to do a ton, especially with Biden in power, ”Keenan said.
Keenan is also writing a book, titled “Grace,” about the 10 days between the 2015 shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, and Obama’s eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney.
Obama ended by singing “Amazing Grace”.
The title also nods to Keenan’s newborn daughter named Grace.
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