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Young Alum Addresses Students at Honors Convocation

Young Alum Addresses Students at Honors Convocation

Patrick Cunnane '06, a former White House Senior Writer and Deputy Director of Messaging, challenged students to "trust the process."


Patrick J. Cunnane '06 addressed students and parents at the Honors Convocation at La Salle College High School on Tuesday evening, October 17, 2017.

Pat was President Barack Obama's Senior Writer and Deputy Director of Messaging at the White House where he worked for six years in many roles, responsible for everything from traveling with the President across the country and around the world on Air Force One to writing statements, jokes, op-eds, and more in the president's voice. Pat completed nearly 100 domestic trips and traveled to nearly 20 countries with the President. He conceptualized, managed, and co-wrote the president's appearance on "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" with Jerry Seinfeld, which quickly broke the series' viewership records and helped garner an Emmy nomination.

Entering La Salle College High School from Ancillae Assumpta Academy, Pat subsequently graduated from the University of Miami Honors School where he studied political science and journalism. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Stephanie, whom he met in second grade. He now works as a writer on the hit ABC TV series Designated Survivor, starring Kiefer Sutherland. Pat's upcoming book, West Winging It: An Unpresidential Memoir, will be out in the Spring, published by Simon & Schuster. He has also written for the New Yorker.

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