The Amateur is a chilling look at the Machiavellian machinations of the Obama White House which is sure to rankle more than just a few feathers.
While supporters of the President might dismiss Klein's "insider information" on the Obama White House as of questionable credibility, consider that we actually knew very little about the man before he became President. Moreover, in the 4 years since assuming office, I think many would agree that the scenario painted by Klein of life inside the West Wing in many ways explains the often times inexplicable messaging and decisions emanating therefrom.
We knew that Mr. Obama was not terribly qualified to do very much when we elected him, yet most of us undoubtedly expected that he would "grow" into the office as many of his predecessors have (JFK being one good example). In addition, we expect Presidents to surround themselves with knowledgeable people who can guide them. While Mr. Obama did succeed in selecting a number of savvy aides like Rahm Emanuel, the picture we have is one where an inner cadre of distinctly unqualified, selfish, and egotistic individuals have effectively insulated Mr. Obama from the very people who might help him succeed.
Led by Valerie Jarrett and the First Lady, the inner-circle filter machine of Axelrod, Gibbs, et al, cloister the President from his advisers, ensuring a clumsy left-activist agenda that serves neither the interests of the Republic, nor their leader. There never has been, nor is there likely to ever be the type of "triangulation" used to great positive effect by Bill Clinton, in an Obama administration.
For his part, Mr. Obama is rather comfortable with this arrangement, as he has always been loathe to even the most constructive forms of criticism. Indeed, he sees himself as unerringly "correct" in all his views and infallibly capable of carrying out whatever mission he sets out to conquer. This is a man that has had much handed to him in his life, and has exerted precious little effort (beyond his charismatic charms) to achieve what he desires.
What emerges from all this is an arrogant, insulated, and thin-skinned man possessed with the notion that it is his job to reshape the world into his image of fairness, regardless the price paid by the American people and the Republic. Klein observes that Mr. Obama cannot grow into the job, nor is he interested in doing so because after all, he is always right.
This is an important education for all of us on what really goes on in the Obama administration. I expected a far-right slant in this book and was surprised to learn how Obama has taken a balance approach in how he has screwed over his most ardent democratic supporters and contributors as well republicans.
In the end, we all lose as a country. Read this book, then vote your conscience in November.
Michelle by far. She plays the country like a fiddle coming across as the loving mom and supporting wife while pulling all the strings inside.
I was surprised to learn how much Obama is an introvert, built a staff of Chicago people he could trust rather than people who are competent for their jobs.
It will help anyone to understand who Barack Obama really is and where he is coming from.
The in depth interviews of people close to the Obamas.
Everyone should read this book for facts about the Obamas and where they really started....
The title says it all! It is shocking to think that america and the media allowed the office of the presidency to occupied by a complete amateur.
Yes, and I already have friends/family reading it. Problem is, those who will vote for him will probably not read it!
I liked the Clinton's reaction to the Obamas.
Outraged would be a better description! It was absolutely unbelievable that this is going on
in OUR White House!
Please pray that this man does not get re-elected this Nov. If he does, God Help Us All.
Moves, supported byb data
all of them
From the 1st paragraph
Simply a must read even though slanted. Solid information and it m o v e s.
Good background to what you see in the media which has been such hero worship of or at best, silence about Obama. It's important to research below the surface because politicians are in the business of selling a version of the truth, which is never the whole story. The reading was fine but I think I spotted the occasional mispronunciation.
The last chapter is worth the price
It summarizes the issues that the candidates should be addressing
The book gives insight into Obama's white house and who is involved with decisions.
The author interviewed 200 people before writing the book
It is very informative as to the inadequacy of the present inhabitant of the White House.
It totally describes him to a T.
When discussing the first international failure this man had as a president. When he decided to go to Copenhagen and beg for the Olympics to be turned down in the first round. It describes his arrogance and amateurish behavior. As the writer says: The president should never go anywhere unless he knows the outcome but he thought that his "charisma" would win the world over.
He was a little boring. I would have had someone else do the reading.
Not everything that glitters.....
I would definitely listen again as there are some back stories surrounding Obama's closest aids that I found very interesting.
Dick Cheney's memoir has similar stories. This book is about someone on the far opposite to Cheney though.
I felt the narration was very good. His voice was clear and easily understandable.
Valerie Jarrett seems to be a puppet master and works closely with Michelle Obama in making key decisions.