The Obamas

Kantor, Jodi, 1975- (Book - 2012)
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Explores the Obama family's transition into the White House, capturing the emotions and personalities beneath the public façade as the president and the First Lady deal with their new roles.
Authors: Kantor, Jodi, 1975-
Statement of Responsibility: Jodi Kantor
Title: The Obamas
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: viii, 359 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. 25 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 343-347) and index
Contents: pt. 1. Arrival. The debaters ; This is not my beautiful house ; Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States ; The lady who did not lunch ; Campaign promises
pt. 2. Struggle. The walls close in ; Twenty-six hours in Wonderland ; The biggest marriage on earth ; The bubble within the bubble ; Malia's great escape ; Happy birthday, Mr. President
pt. 3. Change. Her gain ; His loss ; Everything becomes political ; A better place ; What we came here to do
Summary: Explores the Obama family's transition into the White House, capturing the emotions and personalities beneath the public façade as the president and the First Lady deal with their new roles.
Subject Headings: Obama, Barack Obama, Michelle, 1964- Obama, Barack Family White House (Washington, D.C.) Presidents United States Biography
Topical Term: Presidents
LCCN: 2011940240
ISBN: 9780316098755
Branch Call Number: 973.932 K
Research Call Number: IBM 12-2705
Sc E 12-273
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Jun 24, 2012
  • HopeButterfly rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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

Jan 24, 2012
  • floy rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

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


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