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review 2017-12-13 22:53
Mixed bag.
Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White H... Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years - David Litt

Despite everything going on and not really sure if I wanted to read a memoir so recent, the title made me smile. This is the story of Litt's work in the White House from the joys and pains, the highs and the lows, what it's like to work in the White House and to work with the president himself (as you probably can tell, he served in the Obama administration). Litt reviewed another book and had written elsewhere and seemed genuinely funny and endearing. The book would certainly seem the same.

 

Litt was with Obama starting with the 2008 campaign and wouldn't leave the White House until 2016. In between we watch him on the campaign trail, managing speeches, trying to figure out the President's voice, being a front row witness to history as well as managing the daily grind of both the campaign trail and then in the administration. Some of it is genuinely hysterical as to what could go wrong and what it was like to try to get the most powerful man in the world to deliver this speech as written or seeing first-hand some of the highest or lowest or most emotional times (good and bad) in the White House. 

 

And sometimes it's not great. The book feels like a mixed bag. There are times when Litt had me riveted by the campaign anecdotes and what it's like trying to work for President Barack Obama, etc. Sometimes it's extremely tedious. Sometimes it all comes out in a jumble, like Litt is telling us anecdotes after fun story but it isn't a coherent narrative. It's almost like Litt has a really great second or third draft or something where there is a structure that could emerge if maybe an editor took another go at it to hammer it out.

 

I enjoyed some of it and am grateful for the work he and the other staffers and the administration (and President Obama of course!) have done. It'll be interesting to see when more of his staffers come out with their memoirs and see how they, the Obamas themselves (really, these books really only want their stories so much more), etc. will view his administration. 

 

It's not for everyone but if you're curious as to what it's like to be Sam Seaborn (except in real life) this could whet your appetite. Might make a good reference for presidential scholars or people specifically interested in the Obama administration but I'm glad that this was available at my library.

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review 2017-11-10 23:51
Can't wait to read Michelle Obama's memoir.
Chasing Light: Michelle Obama Through th... Chasing Light: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer - Amanda Lucidon

Since I just finished Pete Souza's newly released book that is a collection of pictures from President Obama's administration it seemed like looking at Lucidon's book on former First Lady Michelle Obama would be a good companion read although they're two very different and separate books.

 

Since the former First Lady obviously had a very different role than her husband the pictures are different but no less enjoyable. I'm not sure I recognized as many of these but all the same it was great to relive the administration through the eyes of the photographer as well as via the pictures who met with and/or interacted with her and her husband. One thing I would have liked that was present in Souza's book was some of the text explanations of some of the well-known photographs he took. There's a little bit of that here but I would have just liked more. :)

 

Again, there's not much else to say. It's a picture-heavy book that would make an excellent display on a coffee table or to have on your book shell. Thankfully it's not as large or as heavy as Souza's book, too! That's definitely a plus. 

 

There isn't really much that's wrong with the book but I rated it 3 stars because I felt there was more that could be done. More photos, more interesting text (unfortunately I didn't feel Lucidon had as many interesting things to say but that's just me). But that said, the book is very nice and perhaps it's a mistake on my part to look at it right after Souza's. I'm also not really into photography/coffee table-style books so that could be a part of it.

 

Borrow from the library or skim it in the bookstore if you're not sure. But it'd probably make a nice gift for the right person, too.

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text 2017-08-04 21:18
More Pictures of Obama Enjoying Reading!

Happy Obama Day to you all!


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text 2017-08-04 19:08
Happy Obama Day To You!

Here are some reading lists the previous U.S. President Barack Obama had that you may be interested in taking a look at when you have time.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/18/books/president-obamas-reading-list.html

 

https://www.wired.com/2016/10/president-obama-reading-list/

 

http://mentalfloss.com/article/91208/86-books-barack-obama-has-recommended-during-his-presidency

 

http://ew.com/books/2017/01/18/barack-obama-book-recommendations/

 

https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/blog/2016/08/12/presidents-summer-reading-list

 

President Barack Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia shop for books at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C., on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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review 2017-05-08 00:00
Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama
Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama ... Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama - David J. Garrow
yes, I'm curious, but I'm not sure I can get through a 1461 pages long non fictional book...

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/07/obama-biography-stirs-controversy-with-tales-of-politics-sex-and-a-rising-star
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