As president obama’s go-to comedy writer, he also took the lead on the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the so-called “State of the Union of jokes. Now, in this refreshingly honest memoir, Litt brings us inside Obamaworld. In his comic, coming-of-age memoir, he takes us back to the Obama years – and charts a path forward in the age of Trump.
More than any other presidency, for that matter, barack obama’s eight years in the White House were defined by young people – twenty-somethings who didn’t have much experience in politics or anything else, yet suddenly found themselves in the most high-stakes office building on earth. And he argues that, despite the current political climate, the politics championed by Barack Obama will outlive the presidency of Donald Trump.
He answers questions you never knew you had: which white house men’s room is the classiest? What do you do when the commander in chief gets your name wrong? Where should you never, under any circumstances, change clothes on Air Force One? With nearly a decade of stories to tell, Litt makes clear that politics is completely, hopelessly absurd.
But it’s also important. Until leaving the white house in 2016, he wrote on topics from healthcare to climate change to criminal justice reform. In 2011, he became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history. Full of hilarious stories and told in a truly original voice, professionally, Obama is an exciting debut about what it means – personally, Thanks, and politically – to grow up.
For all the moments of chaos, disillusionment, frustration, and yes, Litt remains a believer in the words that first drew him to the Obama campaign: “People who love this country can change it.
West Winging It: An Un-presidential Memoir
Along the way, the athlete, the nerd, Pat draws an intimate portrait of the side of President Obama that few were privy to—the funnyman, the caring parent. West winging it is a fun, poignant reminder that the best part about working in the Obama White House was the people working with you, for as many people, and knowing that everyone was there for the right reason: to try to do as much good, as we possibly could” Jay Carney, former press secretary.
He describes both the small details—the time he watched in horror as the President reached over the sneeze guard at Chipotle—and the larger, historic moments, such as watching the President handle the news of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. The west wing meets the office in this “funny, cohost of pod save america, moving story about working in the White House that is a must read for anyone who misses having Barack Obama as President” Dan Pfeiffer, directly from his senior writer and former Deputy Director of Messaging.
West winging it is the “fitfully funny…warm and observant” Kirkus story of Pat Cunnane and his journey from outsider to insider—from his dreary job at a warehouse to his dream job at the White House. Pat pulls the drapes back on the most famous and exclusive building in the United States, telling the story of the real West Wing with compelling and quirky portraits of the people who populate the place, from the President to the press corps.
At its core, it’s a fish-out-of-water story—only these fish are trying to run the United States of America. In some ways, and in some ways, working at the White House is a lot like every office, it’s like no office ever. Pat takes you into the oval office, providing a “snappy, sunny” USA TODAY insider’s glimpse of what it’s really like—from the minutiae to the momentous—to work at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House
New york times bestseller! if your funny older sister were the former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, her behind-the-scenes political memoir would look something like this. Alyssa mastromonaco worked for Barack Obama for almost a decade, and long before his run for president. Like the time she learned the hard way that there aren't nearly enough bathrooms at the Vatican.
Full of hilarious, who thought this was a good idea? is an intimate portrait of a president, again and again, never-before-told stories, a book about how to get stuff done, and the story of how one woman challenged, what a "White House official" is supposed to look like. From the then-senator's early days in congress to his years in the Oval Office, sweat, she made Hope and Change happen through blood, tears, and lots of briefing binders.
But for every historic occasion-meeting the queen at Buckingham Palace, bursting in on secret climate talks, or nailing a campaign speech in a hailstorm-there were dozens of less-than-perfect moments when it was up to Alyssa to save the day. Here alyssa shares the strategies that made her successful in politics and beyond, including the importance of confidence, the value of not being a jerk, and why ultimately everything comes down to hard work and always carrying a spare tampon.
Told in a smart, original voice and topped off with a couple of really good cat stories, WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA? is a promising debut from a savvy political star.
The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House
His achievement is rare for a political memoir: He has written a humane and honorable book. Joe klein, the new York Times Book Review. In the world as it is, rhodes shows what it was like to be there—from the early days of the Obama campaign to the final hours of the presidency. It is a story populated by such characters as susan rice, Hillary Clinton, and—above all—Barack Obama, Bob Gates, Samantha Power, who comes to life on the page in moments of great urgency and disarming intimacy.
Now he tells the full story of his partnership—and, ultimately, friendship—with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States. He started every morning in the oval office with the President’s Daily Briefing, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency.
. This is the most vivid portrayal yet of obama’s worldview and presidency, a chronicle of a political education by a writer of enormous talent, and an essential record of the forces that shaped the last decade. Praise for the world as it is“a book that reflects the president Rhodes served—intelligent, amiable, compelling and principled.
Rhodes was not your typical presidential confidant, and this is not your typical White House memoir. Rendered in vivid, reaching a nuclear agreement with iran, responding to the arab spring, leading secret negotiations with the Cuban government to normalize relations, and consequential moments of the Obama presidency—waiting out the bin Laden raid in the Situation Room, this is a rare look inside the most poignant, tense, novelistic detail by someone who was a writer before he was a staffer, and confronting the resurgence of nationalism and nativism that culminated in the election of Donald Trump.
Obama: An Oral History
As eyewitnesses to history, their accounts combine to deliver an unfiltered view of Obama’s battle to deliver on his promise of hope and change. This provocative collage of anecdotes, personal reminiscences, and impressions from confidants and critics not only provides an authoritative window into the events that defined an era but also offers the first published account into the making of the forty-fourth president of the United States—one that history will soon not forget.
. They recall the early struggles of an idealistic outsider candidate and speak openly about the exacting work that led to cornerstone legislation. They share the failures and dissent that met Obama’s efforts and revisit the paths to his accomplishments. Among those given a voice in this extraordinary account are Obama’s cabinet secretaries; his teams of speechwriters, legal advisers, and campaign strategists; as well as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who fought for or against his agenda.
The first ever comprehensive oral history of President Obama’s administration and the complex political machine that created and powered a landmark American presidency. In this candid oral history of a presidential tenure, author Brian Abrams reveals the behind-the-scenes stories that illuminate the eight years of the Obama White House through more than one hundred exclusive interviews.
West Wingers: Stories from the Dream Chasers, Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside the Obama White House
In each one we see the human face of government, staffers devoting themselves to the issues that have defined their lives. Each of these staffers has a story to tell, and in West Wingers, Barack Obama’s White House staff reveals how these extraordinary citizens shape the presidency and the nation. In these moving and revealing personal stories, eighteen Obama staffers bring us deep inside the presidency, offering intimate accounts of how they made it to the White House, what they witnessed, and what they accomplished there.
We hear from a married gay staffer pushing the president towards marriage equality; a senior aide working to implement the Affordable Care Act while battling Stage IV cancer; a hijab-wearing Muslim adviser accompanying the President to a mosque. We have so much to learn from these stories. Joe bidenwhen we elect a president, we elect with them an entire team that will join them in the West Wing to help run the country.
. From the triumphs of obamacare and marriage equality to the tragedy of the Charleston shooting, this book tells the history of the Obama presidency through the men and women who worked tirelessly to support his vision for America. More than just a history though, west wingers is an inspiring call to arms for public service, and a powerful demonstration of what true diversity, a testament to the possibility of real social change, inclusivity, and progress can look like in America.
These deeply moving stories offer more than a fascinating view into the window of history: they show us how hope becomes real, sustainable change. Valerie jarrett, former senior advisor to President Obama.
The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House
Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with butlers, on occasion, chefs, florists, maids, doormen, and other staffers—as well as conversations with three former first ladies and the children of four presidents—Brower offers a group portrait of the dedicated professionals who orchestrate lavish state dinners; stand ready during meetings with foreign dignitaries; care for the president and firstlady’s young children; and cater to every need the first couple may have, however sublime or, ridiculous.
Superbly reported. Absolutely delicious. Washington postfrom the mystique of the glamorous kennedys to the tumult that surrounded Bill and Hillary Clinton during the president’s impeachment to the historic tenure of Barack and Michelle Obama, each new administration brings a unique set of personalities to the White House—and a new set of challenges to the fiercely loyal and hardworking people who serve them: the White House residence staff.
In her runaway bestseller the residence, former White House correspondent Kate Andersen Brower pulls back the curtain on the world’s most famous address. A fascinating backstage account of the world’s most famous residence. Judy woodruff, anchor, pbs newsHour and former White House Correspondent for NBC News.
My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie
Thanks to his funny, talent, his own man, loving, no-nonsense mother, and to his sister through her meteoric rise to stardom and her struggle with demons that never diminished her humor, Todd remained down to earth, but always close to his cherished mom, or spirit. Now, todd shares his heart and his memories of Debbie and Carrie with deeply personal stories from his earliest years to those last unfathomable days.
. His book, part homage, part memoir, celebrates their legacies through a more intimate, poignant, and often hilarious portrait of these two remarkable women than has ever been revealed before. With thirty-two pages of never-before-seen photos and memorabilia from his family’s private archives, Todd’s book is a love letter to a sister and a mother, and a gift to countless fans who are mourning the deaths of these two unforgettable stars.
The stunned public turned for solace to debbie’s only remaining child, Todd Fisher, who somehow retained his grace and composure under the glare of the media spotlight as he struggled with his own overwhelming grief. The son of "america’s sweethearts" Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Todd grew up amid the glamorous wealth and pretense of Hollywood.
A revelatory and touching tribute to the lives of carrie fisher and Debbie Reynolds written by the person who knew them best, Todd Fisher’s poignant memoir is filled with moving stories of growing up among Hollywood royalty and illustrated with never-before-seen photos and memorabilia. In december 2016, the world was shaken by the sudden deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, two unspeakable losses that occurred in less than twenty-four hours.
Yes We Still Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump
How had donald trump won the white house? how was it that a decent and thoughtful president had been succeeded by a buffoonish reality star, and what do we do now?Instead of throwing away his phone and moving to another country which were his first and second thoughts, Pfeiffer decided to tell this surreal story, recounting how Barack Obama navigated the insane political forces that created Trump, explaining why everyone got 2016 wrong, and offering a path for where Democrats go from here.
Pfeiffer was one of obama's first hires when he decided to run for president, and was at his side through two presidential campaigns and six years in the White House. On november 9th, 2016, dan pfeiffer woke up like most of the world wondering WTF just happened. Using never-before-heard stories and behind-the-scenes anecdotes, YES WE STILL CAN examines how Obama succeeded despite Twitter trolls, Fox News and their fake news, and a Republican Party that lost its collective mind.
An irreverent, yes we still can is a must-read for everyone who is disturbed by Trump, misses Obama, and is marching, calling, no-BS take on the crazy politics of our time, and hoping for a better future for the country. 1 new york times bestseller!from obama's former communications director and current co-host of Pod Save America comes a colorful account of how politics, the media, and the Internet changed during the Obama presidency and how Democrats can fight back in the Trump era.
From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir
I tore through the entire book on a four-hour flight and loved reading all about the brilliant yet hard-partying people who once surrounded the leader of the free world. Insider, and suddenly the political becomes all too personal. Against a backdrop of glamour, in the process, and intrigue, and, drama, this is the story of a young woman learning what truly matters, discovering her voice.
Praise for from the corner of the oval“who knew the West Wing could be so sexy? Beck Dorey-Stein’s unparalleled access is obvious on every page, along with her knife-sharp humor. Lots of books claim to give real insider glimpses, but this one actually delivers. Lauren weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Prada“Dorey-Stein.
. Dorey-stein’s spunk and her sparkling, crackling prose had me cheering for her through each adventure. Outsider, she joins the elite team who accompany the president wherever he goes, recorder and mic in hand. Writes with wit and self-deprecating humor. The wall street Journal“Addictively readable.
First in Line: Presidents, Vice Presidents, and the Pursuit of Power
But things have changed dramatically in recent years. John nance garner, fdr’s first vice president, famously said the vice presidency is "not worth a bucket of warm piss" later cleaned up to "warm spit". Of the forty-eight vice presidents who have served the United States, fourteen have become president; eight of these have risen to the Oval Office because of a president’s death or assassination, and one became president after his boss’s resignation.
Al gore’s 2000 loss, meanwhile, could be attributed to the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal and Bill Clinton’s impeachment. W. Compelling and deeply reported, and full of previously untold and incredibly personal stories, grounded in history and politics, First In Line pierces the veil of secrecy enveloping this historic political office to offer us a candid portrait of what it’s truly like to be a heartbeat away.
George H. From the author of the new york times bestsellers first women and the Residence, an intimate, news-making look at the men who are next in line to the most powerful office in the world—the vice presidents of the modern era—from Richard Nixon to Joe Biden to Mike Pence. Vice presidents occupy a unique and important position, living partway in the spotlight and part in the wings.
Bush and ronald reagan had a famously prickly relationship during the 1980 primary, yet Bush would not have been elected president in 1988 without Reagan’s high approval rating. And she shares surprising revelations about the relationship between former Vice President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama and how Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump interact behind closed doors.
From rivals to coworkers, there is a very tangible sense of admiration mixed with jealousy and resentment in nearly all these relationships between the number two and his boss, even the best ones, Brower reveals.