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The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House | [Edward Klein]

The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House

It’s amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times best-selling author Edward Klein in his political exposé The Amateur. Tapping into the public’s growing sentiment that President Obama is in over his head, The Amateur argues that Obama’s toxic combination of incompetence and arrogance has run our nation and his presidency off the rails.
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Publisher's Summary

It’s amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times best-selling author Edward Klein in his political exposé The Amateur. Tapping into the public’s growing sentiment that President Obama is in over his head, The Amateur argues that Obama’s toxic combination of incompetence and arrogance has run our nation and his presidency off the rails.

“Obama was both completely inexperienced and ideologically far to the left of most Americans when he entered the White House,” says Klein. “And he was so arrogant that he didn’t even know what he didn’t know.”

Klein, who is known for getting the inside scoop on everyone from the Kennedys to the Clintons, reveals never before published details about the Obama administration’s political inner workings, as well as Barack and Michelle’s personal lives, including the inordinate influence Michelle wields over Barack and her feud with a high profile celebrity; the real reason Rahm Emanuel left the White House (it wasn’t for family reasons); why Valerie Jarrett’s role is closer to that of Rasputin than impartial senior advisor; how Obama has purposefully forgotten and ignored those who put him in power, including the Kennedys and the Jewish and African American communities in Chicago.

From Obama’s conceited and detached demeanor, to his detrimental reliance on Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett’s advice, to the Obamas’ extravagant and out of touch lifestyle, The Amateur reveals a president whose ignorance and incompetence are sabotaging himself, his presidency, and America.

©2012 Edward Klein (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

The Amateur is the best book I’ve read on how Barack Obama is wrecking our country. I urge everyone who cares about America to read Edward Klein’s eyeopening book.” (Donald J. Trump)

“This is a racy, entertaining, informative book that illuminates apects of Obama and his team that have not been previously reported. A necessary antidote to the Obama worship that is sure to characterize the election debate.” (Dinesh D’Souza, New York Times best-selling author)

“A devastating indictment of the lethal combination of incompetence and radicalism that has made Obama into one of the worst presidents in American history.” (Norman Podhoretz, New York Times best-selling author)

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    Horsetrip 05-31-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, very informative on Obama. Issues covered in this book needed to be brought to the attention of the American people. Alarming how a President of this country is allowed to get away with what he does.


    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Graham Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-30-12
    Graham Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    I guess it goes without saying that this book does not offer a balanced perspective. But the level of animus and hatred that oozes out of every paragraph is absurd. In the authors desperation to find stuff to complain about, he spends half the book raging not against Barack but rather against Michelle Obama, painting her as some sort of evil puppet master. Most of his evidence is in the form of “He said, she said” White House gossip, such as what Bill Clinton was overheard saying to Hillary at a White House dinner. Apparently Bill told Hillary that Obama was an Amateur, and that Hillary should run as the Democratic Nominee in 2012. This supposed view of Bill Clinton’s is the foundation of the whole book, hence the title “The Amateur.” But this little tidbit of gossip was very clearly debunked at the Democratic National Convention when Bill Clinton gave the most rousing and full-hearted support behind Barack of any speaker by a factor of four.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Peterborough, NH, United States 06-25-12
    Edward Peterborough, NH, United States 06-25-12
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    "Do Not Miss The Ameteur!"
    What did you love best about The Amateur?

    The Amateur presents a portrait of the current president that cuts through the hype and glitter of the 2008 campaign.It gives the reader great insight into Obama's personality and performance as commander and chief, his true political motivations, and the people around him who help define his ideaology in the political landscape of Washington D.C.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think Bill Clinton and his appraisal of Obama is the key to the power of this book. His political evaluation,hopes for Hillary's presidential bid in 2016, and his exclamation that actually provided the title for this powerful book by Mr. Klein.


    What about John McLain’s performance did you like?

    Very compatible with the moving dialogue of this book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The one book about Obama's presidency that every american should read!


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable and obviously well researched and written. I will now certainly aquire more of Ed Klein's works.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Chris midvale, UT, United States 06-04-12
    Chris midvale, UT, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2008

    Dr. Christopher W. Roberts Ph.d I am a Computer Geek working around the U.S. and the world. I have a lot of Air miles to listen to audible titles.

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    "Wow great insite into the Obama Mindset"

    The point of this book is to show how those who have worked with Obama think of him and place the Obama administration in context of experience needed to do the job of President of United States. Listen and form your own opinion of the value of the book. Great Listen.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-30-12
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    "A MUST LISTEN"
    Where does The Amateur rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    # 1 right behind Tim russet. Don't remember the name of the book but Tim narrated it himself and it was a really good listen. About his life with his father and his career on TV.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amateur?

    The whole book it was an eye opener. Every chapter had a memorable moment. I keep listening to it over and over.


    Have you listened to any of John McLain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this is the first.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a must read or listen to all Americans. John McClain does a very good job reading.

    5 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    James Draper, UT, United States 05-27-12
    James Draper, UT, United States 05-27-12
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    "Everything you need to know about the President"

    This was probably one of the best books I've listened to on audible. There were some parts that just made my jaw drop, and some parts made me laugh really hard. Overall, it confirmed what I knew about President Obama for a long time: that President Obama is an incompetent, arrogant, megalomaniac, who will do anything to cling to power.

    Michelle Obama is a self-absorbed, racist, who makes Hillary Clinton look like Princess Diana. It almost seems like Michelle has the President's testicles in her purse, because President Obama is so darned weak.

    Barack Obama is simply evil, unprepared, and destroying this country. He is not only dividing this country, but he is also dividing the Democrat party - a once great party - that I used to be a loyal member of. If someone listens to this book, and still votes for Obama in November 2012, you are either two things: really dumb, or you have some kind of gain to make from another four years of this Manchurian candidate.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    john Chicago, IL, United States 08-09-13
    john Chicago, IL, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring"
    Would you try another book from Edward Klein and/or John McLain?

    depends on the topic. this book was just boring.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John McLain’s performances?

    he was pretty monotonous. probably not.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment. it wasn't what i was expecting. i didn't really care for any of the anectdotes/information they put forth. not my cup of tea.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't understand why this book got such rave reviews. It sounded like it was right up my alley, but it was really just a bunch of boring anectdotes and 'insider' information. I have little to no interest in anything this book put forth...although i couldn't finish it. I got about half way through and listening to it started to feel like a chore. Perhaps it was the monotonous narration. I was expecting it to be more policy oriented and how Obama's decisions have exacerbated our problems. Instead i got hours of stuff about valarie jarret and michelle obama. Most of what was put forth i sort of intuitively knew. I just couldn't make myself care about this material.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    William Molino, Florida, United States 06-08-12
    William Molino, Florida, United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2013

    Retired aircraft systems engineer. Teach math (trig and calculus) part time at the local college. Love aircraft, reading, and horses. BS from New Mexico State, MS from Ohio State.

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    "Outstanding! He really is an amateur"

    Well worth the read if you want to know why our country is in such trouble right now. With leaders like Barak, who needs enemies.

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    Richard D. Martel Newark, DE United States 07-02-12
    Richard D. Martel Newark, DE United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "The True Obama Weaknesses Revealed"

    Obama's inexperience and the negative impact on US democracy/economy is uncovered. His reliance on close confidant, Valerie Jarret (sp) and Michelle Obama for policy decisions vs experts on his staff has created a riff within the administration as Obama continues to ignore the recommendations of his staff. Even the Clintons are plotting his political demise because of his amateurist form of leadership (or lack of). A must read for those who are considering supporting Obama in 2012. Even his most supportive financial backers in 2008 are abandoning him in droves. The author , Ed Klein, exposes the serious problems faced by this president in gaining support for another 4 years in office and the cosequences of another Obama victory.

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    Kevin Chardon, OH, United States 09-11-12
    Kevin Chardon, OH, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Hatchet Job"
    Would you try another book from Edward Klein and/or John McLain?

    No, I don't think I would. I'm no fan of Obama, but this book was too much of a one-sided hatchet job even for me.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I don't know.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The tone of voice was annoying. Every sentence was read as if it was the most damaging smoking gun anyone ever discovered about any president. One attack followed by another attack followed by another attack... just present the information.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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