David Litt entered the Obama White House as an intern in 2011 — at the ripe old age of 24. Over the course of his five-year tenure, he worked his way up to senior presidential speechwriter. Described as the “comic muse for the president,” Litt had a hand in adding humor to many of President Obama’s speeches.

Watch as Litt describes how to be an effective and compelling communicator, and shares his approach to presidential speechwriting — which revolves around one central question.

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