The author of some of President Barack Obama's most soaring speeches is leaving the White House for a new career as a scriptwriter.
Jon Favreau began working for Mr Obama as a 25-year-old, joining the young senator's staff and remaining by his side through four years in the White House and both presidential campaigns.
During eight years of writing for the world's best-known orator, Mr Favreau would often craft speeches while working late over takeaway food or hunched over a laptop in Starbucks.
Mr Obama has called his chief speechwriter, now 31, his "mind reader" because of Mr Favreau's ability to channel the President's own distinct rhetorical voice.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Mr Favreau is now eager to try to his hand at film making, a well-traveled path for White House alumni.
"He has become a friend and a collaborator on virtually every major speech I've given in the Senate, on the campaign trail and in the White House," Mr Obama said in a statement.
Photographs from the last eight years show the two men often sitting alone, with Mr Obama writing on a legal pad while Mr Favreau tapped away at a Mac.
Although Mr Favreau's work is done behind the scenes, his slim suits and aviator sun glasses - as well as history of dating models and actresses - have made him something of a youth icon in Washington.
Weeks after the 2008 election, a Facebook picture emerged showing him groping a cardboard cutout of Hillary Clinton while out at party.
Two years later, he and other staffers were pictured shirtless playing drinking games at a bar in the upmarket Georgetown neighbourhood.