TODAY | February 28, 2013
>> hour i had an interview with jon favreau , a young speechwriter that writes for president obama . he's leaving at the age of 31 and been with president obama since the age of 23 writing speeches for the leader of the free world . one of the parts we couldn't get into the piece was this story he told me about the moments leading up to the white house correspondent's dinner in 2011 . this was the correspondent's dinner before the raid and seth meyer and a bin laden joke and cut to the president, stone-faced. we didn't know this but we didn't know they were on their way to get bin laden . favreau talked about knowing the joke to that event and not knowing himself.
>> we go in to see the president. he's like, i like all your jokes. i think everything is fine. there's one joke where the punchline is osama bin laden , i would maybe change that to another dictator.
>> did you read anything into that?
>> no. i had no idea why he was doing it. would hosni mubarak work?
>> mu bbarak works.
>> we change it and that was it. i found out the next day just like everyone else did.
>> calmly says, give me another dictator. i can't tell you why, give me another dictator.
>> you'll figure it out.
>> you'll know by this time tomorrow.
>> and favreau and his co-writing partner, john lovitt , from saturday night love?
>> not john lovitt --
>> john lovitt who left the white house last year in l.a. and writes executive producers 600 penn on nbc, there's a tradition of these guys.