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Jun 19, 2020
David Litt with Jim Obergefell (livestream)
Democracy in One Book or Less

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Friday, June 19, 2020, 6:00PM

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According to Obama’s former speechwriter David Litt, the democracy we live in today is completely different from the democracy we were born into. He informs us that we probably don’t realize just how radically our republic has been altered during our lifetimes. Litt contends that, more than any policy issue, political trend, or even Donald Trump himself, our redesigned system of government is responsible for the peril America faces today.

Litt sits down with Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court Marriage Equality Case, for a livestreamed conversation exploring the gap between what We, the People want and what our elected leaders do. Drawing from his book Democracy in One Book or Less: How It Works, Why It Doesn’t, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think, Litt pokes into forgotten corners of history, translating political science into plain English and traveling the country to meet experts and activists to explain how the world’s greatest experiment in democracy went awry. With a blend of of moods both poignant and humorous, Litt takes us on a journey to meet the Supreme Court justice charged with murder, learn how James Madison’s college roommate broke the Senate, encounter a citrus thief who embodies what’s wrong with our elections, and more. Join Litt and Obergefell for a clear-eyed yet audaciously optimistic assessment of the dangers democracy faces, and a blueprint for restoring the balance of power in America before it’s too late.

David Litt is a former speechwriter for President Obama and author of the bestselling fictional memoir Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years. Since leaving the White House, he served as the head writer and producer for Funny Or Die’s office in Washington, with a focus on improving youth turnout in the 2018 election.

Jim Obergefell is the named plaintiff from the landmark United States Supreme Court marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges. Following the decision on June 26, 2015, Jim embraced a new career as an LBGTQ+ activist. He is also a speaker on LGBTQ+ equality represented by Keppler Speakers.


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