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College Alumnus Recalls Five Years of Speechwriting in Obama’s White House

Published January 3, 2017 in News

By: Katie McNally | University Communications

As one of the youngest White House speechwriters on record, Kyle O’Connor earned a rare view of history in the making. The University of Virginia alumnus joined Barack Obama’s presidential campaign shortly after graduating in 2008 and followed the president to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

O’Connor stayed with the Obama administration for five years, steadily rising up the ranks of the speechwriting team and building his communications credentials in the fast-paced environment of the White House. He learned to capture the president’s unique voice, sometimes working with Obama directly to discuss important remarks.

Kyle O’Connor discusses speech details with Obama as the president exits Marine One. Photo CreditPete Souza, Chief White House Photographer

Now the executive communications manager at Facebook, O’Connor has fond memories of the days he spent cutting his teeth in the West Wing. In the last days of the Obama administration, UVA Today caught up with him to reflect on his experience.

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