Team Obama: Now and then

Young guns who worked for Obama in '08—where are they now?

January 03, 2012|By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye

They are the young and the powerful. A number of young adults have worked for President Obama since he campaigned in 2008 and have stayed on in various jobs at the White House. RedEye takes a brief look at three standout young guns.

Samantha Tubman, 31

Then: Press wrangler. Member of the Scheduling and Advance Team. After the election, she was named deputy associate director of the social office and helped organize every detail of events from bill signings and holiday parties to state dinners.

Now: Deputy social secretary

Sam Kass, 31

Then: Personal chef to the Obamas. He graduated from the University of Chicago and worked at Avec. He became assistant chef at the White House and food initiative coordinator. He even guest-starred as a judge on Bravo's "Top Chef: Washington, D.C." His job has him not only making meals for political heavyweights but also fighting against childhood obesity. To his credit, he helped plant the White House vegetable garden.

Now: Senior policy adviser for healthy food initiatives

Jon Favreau, 30

Then: Chief speechwriter. He has worked for Obama since he was a senator. He is credited for helping write speeches including Obama's Grant Park address on election night and the State of the Union. Time magazine named him one of its 100 most influential people.

Now: Assistant to the president and director of speechwriting

Sources: Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Washington Post, the White House

lvivanco@tribune.com | @lvivanco

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