The Obamas

The Obamas

Book - 2012
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In the Obamas, Jodi Kantor takes us deep inside the White House as they try to grapple with their new roles, change the country, raise children, maintain friendships, and figure out what it means to be the first black President and First Lady. Filled with riveting detail and insight into their partnership, emotions and personalities.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316098755
Characteristics: viii, 359 p., [16] p. of plates : ill ; 24 cm

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lilypad_1
Sep 11, 2016

Answers a lot of questions as to why positive messaging is not getting out of the White House. I cannot imagine the transition and confinement the first family must have dealt with. I think this is a well told account of the first family and the teams they had and what they have been trying to accomoplish. Wish we could have 8 more years.

BookReviewer2015 May 11, 2015

An interesting book that gives you a behind the scenes look at the Obama White House!

Go behind the headlines to see how various issues affected the Obamas!

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HopeButterfly
Jun 24, 2012

Not bad. I think it was overated in the first place.
I love the Obama's and this book didn't do them justice.

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floy
Jan 24, 2012

The criticism I have of the book is that on a number of occasions the author talked about things without noting any source for the information. At least seven times, she did that about issues I cared about. Two examples: the book says the Obama decorator bought items from Walmart (!!!) for the White House and that President Obama thinks August is a bad luck month for him (that rational man being superstitious?!- hard to believe).

However, I have praise also. Although I've read many books about Obama, this book provided new information and insight. The book is billed as an exploration of Barack and Michelle Obama's marriage but it is more than that. In addition to describing in- depth the adjustment of both Barack and Michelle Obama to life in the White House as President and First Lady, there is extensive information about how President Obama dealt with the issues - health care, the economy, foreign policy, etc. There's also a lot on how the administration works inside the White House. I didn't feel the author was anti-Obama but she didn't hold back a thing in describing the weaknesses of his administration. At the end of the book, the author summed up her work and the Obamas' work by writing:
For the rest of his term, for the rest of his life, the President was going to have to live with what he accomplished and what he did not. (Michelle Obama) had
entered with her expectations low and then exceeded them; he had entered on the top of the world and had been descending to earth ever since.

His term isn't over yet and hopefully he'll have another four years to do the good work he so ardently wanted to do when he campaigned in 2008.

debwalker Jan 05, 2012

Examines the First Couple's relationship and the social stresses of being President.

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