The Obamas

by Kantor, Jodi, 1975-

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Summary
In this book the author 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.
Contents
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.
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.
Change. Her gain ; His loss ; Everything becomes political ; A better place ; What we came here to do.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "For almost as long as there have been First Ladies, there has been criticism of First Ladies. In recent years, Nancy Reagan was vilified for her extravagances, and Hillary Clinton was accused (among other things) of being complicit in the murder of White House attorney Vince Foster. Nobody's gone that far with Michelle Obama, but like the other women in her position, her clothes, spending, and relationships are under constant scrutiny. Kantor, a New York Times reporter who covered the White House, has received criticism from the White House and from Michelle Obama personally for this insider look at the Obamas' marriage. Specifically covered is how the first years of the Obama administration have affected the family and the ways in which the president and the First Lady underestimated how their lives would change and overestimated how they could change the country. But this is the sort of book that is written about every administration this one's not particularly critical and if the Obamas have anyone to blame, it's insiders who talked 200 of them, by Kantor's count. Chief among those is former press secretary Robert Gibbs and First Family best friend and presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett (though her comments are mostly benign). Kantor's story line is that President Obama, guilty about having spent so much time away from his family while in Congress and, later, during the presidential campaign, is hesitant to deny the First Lady what perks there are in a lifestyle that has severely limited her ability to lead a normal life. The regular tensions of White House life are exacerbated by the Obamas' being the first African American First Family, with the symbolism that implies. Written briskly and with a knowing tone, this makes for a juicy read plenty of infighting! but, ultimately, it tells a familiar story.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Barack Obama's rise from an unknown Illinois politician to President of the United States was nothing short of meteoric-an unprecedented career trajectory with equal amounts of unique opportunities and challenges. Here, New York Times correspondent Kantor mines her four-plus years of covering the President to craft a complex account of the Obamas' first years in the White House. Drawing from voluminous interviews with over two hundred staffers, friends, aides, cabinet members, and the Obamas themselves, Kantor deftly chronicles the public and private struggles of the First Family. Focusing more on the internal politics than a rote recital of policy changes and key events, her book examines how the couple navigated the Presidency, the White House, and Washington society. The Obamas' commitment to keeping things as normal as possible for their children was laudable, but as the couple soon found out, naïve and riddled with unforeseen political implications. What's more, according to Kantor, the couple's marital dynamics-Barack as the calm, optimistic, focused leader who strove for collaboration, and Michelle as the skeptical perfectionist with little patience for political gamesmanship-also created internal and political tensions. This is a fascinating look at the intricate dynamics of an ordinary marriage, an unusual home, and an extraordinary presidency. B&W photos. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Obama, Barack
Obama, Michelle, 1964-
Obama, Barack Family
White House (Washington, D.C.)
Presidents United States Biography
Biography & Autobiography
Family & Relationships
Nonfiction
Politics
Electronic books.
1964-
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Little, Brown and Company2012
2012
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-347) and index.
ISBN 9780316193511
9780316193511
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