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When Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, he also won a long-running debate with his wife Michelle. Contrary to her fears, politics now seemed like a worthwhile, even noble pursuit. Together they planned a White House life that would be as normal and sane as possible.

Then they moved in.

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, and written with a keen eye for the ironies of public life, THE OBAMAS is an intimate portrait that will surprise even readers who thought they knew the President and First Lady.

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"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.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Jodi Kantor began her journalism career by dropping out of Harvard Law School to join Slate.com in 1998. Four years later, she became the Arts and Leisure editor of the New York Times. She has been covering the Obamas since 2007, and though she is a Washington correspondent for the newspaper, she lives in Brooklyn with her family. She can be followed at twitter.com/jodikantor.

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writermala, April 2, 2012 (view all comments by writermala)
Having read Obama's memoirs, his mother's biography, and former first lady Laura Bush's Bio I felt there would be nothing new in Jodi Kantor's "The Obamas." I was wrong. This book is a story of not only the life of a first lady in the White House or even the story of a first African American couple in the white house. It is the story of a marriage - a marriage which had to stretch like an accordion to meet the demands placed by the highest office in the land.

Michelle Obama worked to keep the President's image "as a tireless leader who drove himself relentlessly, who cared deeply about doing the right thing, who rose above Washington games, who killed Osama Bin Laden." She always let it be known that she was glad he was her President.

A wonderful book which tells it like it is - sparing neither the first lady nor the president in describing their mistakes; yet showing their very human side.
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ydsddd, January 25, 2012 (view all comments by ydsddd)
Wonderful story of what happens behind the doors of the White House and the first family
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316098755
Author:
Kantor, Jodi
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Author:
Miles, Robin
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
Obama; Barack; U.S. presidents; First ladies; Presidents spouses; Husbands and wives; Marriage; Family relationships
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.5 x 2 in 1.74 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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