Favreau, then 23 years old, interrupted Obama's rehearsal, advising the soon-to-be-elected Senator that a rewrite was needed to avoid an overlap with Kerry's address.
In 2005, Obama's communications director Robert Gibbs recommended Favreau to Obama as an excellent speechwriter.
Favreau was hired as Obama's speechwriter shortly after Obama's election to the United States Senate.
After graduation, he went to work for the John Kerry Presidential campaign in 2004, working to collect talk radio news for the campaign, and eventually was promoted to the role of Deputy Speechwriter.
While working for the Kerry campaign, he first met Barack Obama.
Obama and Favreau grew close, and Obama has referred to him as his "mind reader".
He went on the campaign trail with Obama during his successful Presidential election campaign.
He also earned a variety of honors in college, including the Vanicelli Award; being named the 2001 Charles A.Dana Scholar; memberships in the Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha, the College Honors Program, the Sociology Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Delta, and was awarded a Harry S. Favreau first met Obama (then an Illinois State Senator running for the U. Senate), while still working for Kerry, backstage at the 2004 Democratic National Convention as Obama was rehearsing his keynote address.