December 13, 2008 / Uncategorized

Write Jon Favreau’s Apology Speech


Oops. My bad. Soooorrrry. D’oh! Mea culpa.

Despite being official speechwriter to the President-elect, Jon Favreau appears to be at a loss for words.

Maybe he needs your help.

The New Agenda suggests that its members help Jon Favreau write his apology speech. Help him find the words. We’ll forward it to the campaign next week.

Here are some famous apology quotes to get you started:

You must tell me who I might have hurt. I have to write them an apology.
Vivien Leigh

I must take complete responsibility for all my actions, both public and private. And that is why I am speaking to you tonight…
Bill Clinton, August 17, 1998

I’m having to become quite an expert in this business of asking for forgiveness…
Bill Clinton, August 28, 1998

You know, I have acknowledged that I made a mistake…
Bill Clinton, September 2, 1998

I made a big mistake. It is indefensible, and I am sorry…
Bill Clinton, September 4, 1998

I also let you down, and I let my family down, and I let this country down…
Bill Clinton, September 9, 1998

I agree with those who have said that in my first statement after I testified I was not contrite enough…
Bill Clinton, September 11, 1998

…I am profoundly sorry for all I have done wrong in words and deeds. I never should have misled the country, the Congress, my friends and my family.
Bill Clinton, December 11, 1998

…I want to say again to the American people how profoundly sorry I am…
Bill Clinton, February 12, 1999

There is no excuse, nor should there be any tolerance, for anyone who thinks or expresses any kind of anti-Semitic remark. I want to apologize specifically to everyone in the Jewish community for the vitriolic and harmful words that I said to a law enforcement officer the night I was arrested on a DUI charge.
Mel Gibson

A lawyer for the disgraced politician [Mark Foley] said his client was not a pedophile but did have a drinking problem and had once been molested by a clergyman.

I’m not racist. That’s what’s so insane about this.

Michael Richards

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  • Thia, GA

    I like the simple approach…

    “I am an enormous sexist jerk. I apologize to every woman everywhere. I have no excuses, I am so ashamed. I will be donating my first year’s salary to The New Agenda so they can continue their good work calling out pigs like me.”


  • mamabroad

    I’m sorry this is not related but I’m not sure where to make suggestions so I’ll use this comment page as a way:

    I just became aware of The National Women’s History Museum.

    This web site has an amazing amount of information about women in history including a biographies index, an online exhibition section, and much more. An example of an online exhibit is “Clandestine Women: Spies in American History”. There’s even an educational resource section with lesson plans, etc. I remember this being a topic of an previous New Agenda post. The site’s content is very interesting. I just found it and I’m going crazy reading all the good stuff! I just had to share!

    I suggest The New Agenda have a link to the site on the home page and maybe even a post suggesting a contribution to it as a holiday gift. Here’s the link to donate if anyone is interested.

  • “Back when I was an employee of Barack Obama, I did a foolish thing. I’m glad he fired me. That shows he doesn’t approve. I will go in hiding so that my folly will never again be associated with the USA. I thank all the feminists who called for my firing, and am glad that those few who wanted to re-habiliatate me later saw the light and rejoined in the call for firing.”

  • Sis

    Son, I want to tell you something before our visiting hour is over.

  • Thanks all for making me laugh…Sis- priceless!

  • Sis


    “It was a dark and stormy night.”

    Damn. That’s good.

  • Thia, GA

    Good two Sis! The first one made me spit out my tea 🙂

    mamabroad- great website! My favorite section is “Young and Brave: Girls Changing History. I’ve been going through all the great stuff on it for the last couple of months. I just wasn’t smart enough to post if here. 🙁 Great research and links!

  • Anna

    ONG Sis! You are cracking me up!!!! (Thanks!)

  • Anna

    How about he writes on a piece of cardboard with block magic marker letters (not unlike the kind you see many homeless people use):

    “I’m no good with speaking my own words for myself. That’s why I write words for other people to say. Therefore, I will be working on my statement which Barack Obama will read for me. He always makes everything sound so good and makes people feel that no matter what he says and no matter what he does, it’s all good. I think that’ll be the best way for me to go.”

  • Anna

    Sis – Meant: OMG, not ONG which probably stands for something else!

  • Anna

    Thia – Don’t know how I missed your post. Hysterical!

  • Thia, GA

    Anna- I’ll take your idea one step further if you don’t mind… Have him write “I’m a sexist pig” on the front and back of a sandwich board and wear it walking up and down the street in front of the White House and we could all throw rotten vegetables at him. Okay I’m getting a little carried away but this is cathartic! 🙂

  • Sis

    I don’t want to get too jocular about this, him, it. But yes, we bad.

  • lightacandle

    I don’t want Favreau’s apology (it would be phony and meaningless); I want him FIRED.

  • Anna

    Thia – I love it!!!

    lightacandle – I’m with you. Just wrote an op-ed piece that needs editing, which I then plan to send out. Don’t want to post it here cause it’s waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long.

  • Anna

    PS On a serious note, I got to thinking, you know how women often fall into the role of being the teacher or mentor to the person we’re in a relationship with (not sure how this works for lesbian couples, but I’m speaking from experience with and observation of heterosexual couples). I believe on the show Friends, there was a great line when Monica tells Chandler she’s not his relationship teacher and he needs to figure it out for himself. Anyway, I think writing an apology for Favreau, either just for us here or with a genuine idea that one could do such a thing and he would read it, is misguided. It’s what we women do all the time: fix things, make it easy/easier for the guy, help, teach, train, mentor. I’m sick of it. He needs to figure this one out for himself, which he’s obviously done and which is obviously insufficient. But, this is who he is, which is why Obama needs to fire him.

    Sis, you better have a funny post in the morning, or I’ll be very let down. (No pressure, but try, ok?)

  • Sis

    Where will it be published, Anna?

  • Speaking of apologies and rehabilitation, I don’t think anything could rehabilitate Favreau except growing up fired for a decade or two.

    But here is Summers’ apology, and he’s been fired and making amends for several years now.

  • Zee

    Oh, well. I tried. But this is how I imagined any “apology” coming out of the fratbrat:

    Too Brilliant to Take the Rap

    Yo! I’m down with Obama, his swagger’s dope
    ‘cause I put the spitshine on his “Hope”
    Quit bitchin’ about my historic grope
    It ain’t his business if y’all can’t cope
    Even Hillary’s got no call to mope
    You know straight out her man’s no Pope
    Keep pushing apologies — I’ll just say nope
    and be telling you ho’s to go skip rope
    There ain’t a mother alive who has the scope
    To scour my wise-ass mouth with soap.


    I think we’ll need the skip rope to tie him down while we apply the lye soap..!

  • Here’s a story worth commenting on:

    Barack Obama Speechwriter Jon Favreau, the Hillary Clinton “Grope” and Scenes From the Surveillance Republic

    Comment box is here, EASY post, no login. Delay for moderation.

  • yttik

    LOL, that’s cute, Zee. I definitely vote for the soap.

    I have two daughters in college. It’s really horrifying, but nowdays you can get a rating on their school about the odds of them being victimized there. “Relax mom, only one out of ten girls at my school will become a crime victim. It’s not like a bad area or anything.” (Oh, and don’t worry about the teacher who was murdered, that was a domestic violence incident.)

    Bloody hell, I kid you not, this is the reality of sending your girls off to school. And what makes it reality? The behavior of people like Favreau who apparently view women as nothing more than cardboard cutouts, not actual human beings worthy of respect. It’s all just fun and games.

    I’m reminded of OJ Simpson being sentenced. People on the internet were wishing all sorts of ills upon him, but the number one revenge fantasy was that he become someone’s bi&ch in prison. Basically that he be treated like a woman. Think about that, what’s the worst punishment you could wish upon somebody? That their value, their humanity, be reduced to nothing more then a cardboard cut out for somebody else to mock, sexually exploit, and take their frustrations out on.

  • lightacandle

    The POINT is that Favreau has created a HOSTILE workplace environment not only for Hillary Clinton (as the probable Sec. of State) but for ALL women working at (or moving through) the Obama White House.

    Women now have a pretty clear and vivid idea of what Favreau — and Obama (by his silence on this) — think of women.

  • Thia, GA

    I love the last paragraph of your post. I really had never thought of it that way.

    Zee- very funny! You painted happy images in my mind.

  • Anna

    Zee – Oh, Lordie, Lordie, that is hysterical! You’ve got a talent there, woman!

    Sis – I have no commitment from anyone to write the piece. But, I’m writing it anyway and sending it out.

    lightacandle – Yup.

  • delphyne

    This is just to say

    I groped
    a blow-up
    of our former
    First Lady

    You saw it
    in a photograph
    and now
    everybody knows

    Forgive me
    we are all misogynists
    and degrading women
    is so much fun

  • lightacandle

    I’m sorry, but I do not think any of this is funny.

    What I find most distressing is that as soon as James Carville (or any men) labeled anyone crazy for thinking this Favreau iissue important, too many women and women’s organizations threw in the towel and went silent.

    All through history, the fear of being labeled “crazy” has worked to silence women OR cause them to join in the ridicule of themselves for thinking it vile to disrespect them as women.

    I just don’t think this Favreau issue is funny; I think what he did is vile.

  • Kiuku

    “My name is Jon Favreau. Yes, it’s French. I work for Obama. So we are this party you know, for all the cool kids at the White House. Even though I am 27, I still feel like I am in college. Back at the Frat house, we used to do this cool thing where we’d invite “chicks” (that’s women New Agenda) over and then we would grope them, because if women come to our party it means they are sluts. It’s hilarious. Anyway this was all just a big joke; groping Hillary Clinton, the new Secretary of State and former Obama rival, while my friend mock pulled her hair back and forced beer to her mouth was funny because she is a woman. Everyone thinks this is funny too so I don’t see what the big deal is, but apparently I’m supposed to apologize or something. “

  • delphyne

    He only needs two words really – “I resign”.

    I don’t really care if he’s sorry or not, I’d just like to see him sacked.

  • Sis

    What’s women are doing here is is called ‘ghetto’ humour. It means the oppressed get together and blow off steam, because that’s all they can really do. The oppressor has no plans to do anything but ignore the powerless. Business as usual.

    This is called change.

  • Anna


    I see from a couple of your posts how deeply burned up you are about not only the Favreau issue, but how best to handle it. I can relate to the feeling of sharing a common goal but disagreeing with how best to deal with it. Agreement about the mission, split on the best recourse. Try not to let it get to you. It’s inevitable that with any organization, there will be things you don’t agree with for whatever reason (mission, tactics, etc), but the main thing is the big picture (unless the nature of the disagreement feels too central to remain aligned with that organization). You are obviously a very thoughtful and passionate person. Your disapproval of this thread has been duly noted by me and I would assume others and I take you seriously.

    As for Carville, likely a coincidence regarding the timing of his comments and some going silent. I don’t think anyone with any convictions would be silenced by Carville. If anyone was, then they had to have been pretty spineless in the first place, in my view.

    BTW, if you want to send Mr. Carville a little note but don’t have time to write or don’t like to write, here’s an excerpt from something I’m working on that you’re welcome to send off to JC:
    Dear Mr. Carville:

    I recently watched a segment on CNN regarding Jon Favreau with you, Wolf Blitzer, and Kevin Madden. I am writing to you regarding some of your commentary.

    First, your initial comments appeared directed to an organization called The New Agenda, whose mission is to advance women’s rights, including the issue of violence against women. Mr. Carville, you spewed your first statement with such anger it took me aback: “It’s a piece of cardboard, stupid!”

    In one fell swoop, you spoke in a highly disrespectful and demeaning manner to this group of women (or anyone listening who might have found Favreau’s behavior offensive), while also discounting the power of images. As for the former, I was stunned to find an individual on major network television speaking so crudely and in such an accusatory manner toward another group of people. You appeared to cross a line from professionalism to taking something personally. I found it disappointing, to say the least. And, as someone who does find Favreau’s behavior highly offensive, as a member of the viewing audience, I did not appreciate being referred to as “stupid.”

    As to the latter point, regarding a cardboard image, you seemed to be negating the power of images. Are you suggesting that a cardboard image of a black person hanging by a noose is meaningless because it is cardboard? How would you feel about an effigy of a person being beaten or burned? According to your rules, there is no reason for concern if another human being interacts with an image because the image is inanimate, as if there is no relationship between images and behavior.

    You continued on to state that Mr. Favreau was “just having a good time” and that “he did absolutely nothing wrong.” You even go so far as to comment that you hope you will be doing the sort of thing that Favreau did when you are 67. All in all, you could not say enough good things about Favreau, describing him as “a very talented young man,” as if that had any bearing on the situation whatsoever.

    What appeared to be the issue of real concern to you was your feeling about those who posted the image of Favreau, who you describe as “really sick people who put this stuff up”, suggesting that those who posted this photo on the Internet have mental problems.

    Curiously, you state what you believe are the truly important areas for women, citing violence against women among your top three issues. You had the hubris to state that violence against women is a serious matter while simultaneously demeaning women for expressing concerns about Favreau’s behavior.

    Mr. Carville, in light of your commentary on the Favreau issue, I was struck by the prospect of double standards:

    Double Standard No 1: Partisan Politics – If the speechwriter in question had worked for a Republican and not a Democrat, would you have handled the matter differently? In light of your bias in favor of Democrats and critical of all things Republican, it appears reasonably safe to believe you may have pounced all over this issue as a sign of something very wrong, which of course, it is.

    Double Standard No 2: Race vs. Gender bias – If the image on the cardboard cut out had been Michelle Obama or any other prominent black woman, would your response be different? Based on what we’ve witnessed all year, I would venture to guess that the response would be radically different. There would be outrage. There would be cries of racism. It would be a front and center issue, as it should be.

    Double Standard No 3: Clinton vs. Female Family Member of Media Commentators – If the image were not of Senator Clinton but rather a female member of your family, would you have a different view of the entire affair? If not, that would be disturbing in and of itself. If so, then they have a double standard regarding their treatment of this situation.

    Double Standard No 4: Talent and Privilege vs. Ordinary Men – If the men who were interacting with the cardboard cut-out of Senator Clinton were not “talented,” as you describe Favreau, if they were perhaps blue collar or poor, maybe not quite so handsome, so seemingly charming, if they were a couple of guys that looked like they lived on the other side of the tracks, would you have been more offended? Would you find it wrong that such young men were engaged in these kinds of behaviors toward a person who will likely be our next Secretary of State?

    Double Standard No 5: Heterosexual image vs. Homosexual image – What if Favreau and his buddy were interacting in a sexually provocative way with a cardboard cut out of a man? What if the image were of Barack of Obama? What if the image were of you? Would you take offense?

    What Jon Favreau did matters, it is wrong, and it is important. It is important because it stands as a powerful symbol of attitudes that many men have toward women. The complicity of your commentary, even your enthusiasm and support, sends a powerful message that it’s ok for men to think of and relate to women (yes including images of women) in disrespectful and demeaning ways. Violence against women does not occur in a vacuum. It takes place in a cultural context that encourages, nurtures, approves of, or ignores it, in any and all of its forms.

    I deeply regret that you have contributed through your misguided commentary to the perpetuation of the notion that women are fair game for ridicule, at best. As I’m sure you are aware, the actions of Mr. Favreau and his buddy are often the prelude to date rape. For some women, the nightmare does not end there. For some, they don’t live to see another day. I wonder where, Mr. Carville, you draw the line between publicly acceptable behaviors, including those expressed through symbols, and real life tragedies.


  • Sis

    Very powerful Anna. Well done.

    Light a candle, many of the women who post here also post at reclusive leftist. We took it there, re Carville.

  • Zee

    lightacandle…I took this subject heading to mean write a humorous take on Jon Favreau’s LACK of apology. There is a time and a place for regrouping and recharging, and weekends are a good time for that. Believe me, I’m not laughing….every day I’m not laughing at the disaster of this year. The fact that “my people” —progressives— were so easily hoodwinked, and that ALL Americans now have to pay the price of an arrogant, inexperienced misogynist jerk in charge of our country is appalling to me.

    Every day I try to think how I can bring my friends and colleagues up to speed. Every day I put off starting. I limit myself to correcting misconceptions that are sent to me.

    It’s kind of like chicks hatching…you can’t pull their shells off or they will die. They have to do it themselves….

    But you needn’t worry about our long term goals. This issue is not going away and we’re in it for the duration. Today you can see a run-down on a lot of sites who are still decrying the Jon Favreau issue over at TN Guerilla Women.

    We’re not alone, and we’re not forgetting this. Getting inside Favreau’s persona is just one more way to call out his attitude…we will use all the weapons in our arsenal. Including mockery.

  • Anna

    Thanks, Sis….Think I’ll go check out reclusive leftist today. I’d love to read some pieces that took Carville down!

  • Sis

    It may have just been general muttering. Here’s a picture of Carville:

  • Kiuku


    I am there with you. We won’t be silenced. Carville is a sick sh**, exemplary of the good Ol’ boys club tactics. But his rage gives away his losing control. They are losing power. We will succeed. It is a “sign of the times” as the other old white guy said while bowing his head. Ugh. We will overcome.

  • Kiuku

    Carville made a total ass of himself live on TV.

  • Anna

    Sis, Clicked on the link you just posted. I enjoyed it, but I don’t want to. I tend to avoid creating or engaging in this sort of thing cause, for me, it just feels like a double standard. Women hate it when we are mocked in such ways, so I tend to lean toward the power of the pen, avoidance of sarcasm (very hard to do at times!) and avoidance of what some would call “satire” but I just see as more of the same, except we feel justified. That’s the trouble with this sort of thing – the person doing it always feels justified and can come up with an argument or a defense as to why it’s ok. I prefer to carve out a different course, entirely. But, it surely is hard.

  • Kiuku

    Carville looks just like Gollum:

  • Anna

    My op-ed piece was published in Pajamas Media today and it’s getting a beating if anyone wants to go over a post a commnet:

  • Thia, GA

    Got your back Anna 🙂
    Great article!

  • Anna

    Thia, glad you liked the piece!

  • Sis

    I thought the TNA army held their own over there. So much good work going on. Anne’s, Ann Bartow’s, Heart’s and … that other blog Ann links. I may have to postpone Xmas just to keep up.

  • Sis

    Sadly, Kiuku, I think yours comes closest to the reality.

  • Egallantry


    Excellent article. You wrote a rational and balanced challenge to anti-female bigotry. Well done.

    Some of those Pajamas Media comments are bizarre. It is not a site I frequent so I am wondering if it is always so hostile to a fair-to-females perspective.