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Thanks, Obama Audiobook

Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years

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Publisher's Summary

Remember when presidents spoke in complete sentences instead of in unhinged tweets? David Litt does. 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, Barack Obama's eight years in the White House were defined by young people - 20-somethings who didn't have much experience in politics (or anything else, for that matter) yet suddenly found themselves in the most high-stakes office building on earth. David Litt was one of those 20-somethings. After graduating from college in 2008, he went straight to the Obama campaign. In 2011 he became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history. Until leaving the White House in 2016, he wrote on topics from health care to climate change to criminal justice reform. 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. With a humorist's eye for detail, he describes what it's like to accidentally trigger an international incident or nearly set a president's hair aflame. 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. For all the moments of chaos, frustration, and, yes, disillusionment, Litt remains a believer in the words that first drew him to the Obama campaign: "People who love this country can change it". In telling his own story, Litt sheds fresh light on his former boss' legacy. And he argues that, despite the current political climate, the politics championed by Barack Obama will outlive the presidency of Donald Trump.

Full of hilarious stories and told in a truly original voice, Thanks, Obama is an exciting debut about what it means - personally, professionally, and politically - to grow up.

©2017 David Litt (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Lono Denver, CO 10-16-17
    Lono Denver, CO 10-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A little dry, but to be a fly on the wall."

    I think it could have been condensed by about 20% it's a fascinating look at day to day life in the Obama administration

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    Des 10-14-17
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    "Very insightful..."

    It provides an inside prospective of the Oval Office operations...quite normal with humor, tensions, blunders, high five moments , making the 44rh President personal yet respectful! Surely one thing can not be repeal from history is the high standard brought into the office!!

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    "A Fun & Fact Filled Telling of The Obama Years. "

    I love reading books about White House Staff and especially speech writers.

    Mr. Litt does a great job of taking you inside his world, from early struggles to becoming a seasoned speech and comedy writer for President Obama.

    I enjoyed the stories and consider this a great telling if you are a hardcore White House or POTUS addict.

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    S E Nathan 10-09-17
    S E Nathan 10-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Well done!"

    Fascinating look at the Obama years from the inside. Sensitive, Insightful and lots of laughs.
    Highly recommended.

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    RLL 10-09-17
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    "A Refreshingly Irreverent Political Memoir"

    Political memoirs tend to be drab, plodding, and full of posturing. Whether or not you have fond memories of the Obama Administration, a view inside the machine is compelling. Politics can be cynical and political operatives are too often malicious. This is why I enjoyed peeking into this millennial’s journey from young skeptic to zealot to insider. Any political movement, from Occupy to Obamamania to the Tea Party to Trumpism, gains momentum on the backs of believers who break the political inertia holding back some or the feeling of disenfranchisement felt by others whose political leanings have been formed by the collapse of hope due to the immense weight of lofty unmet expectations. This book gives a glimpse into the ebbs and flows of the Obama era.

    This isn’t hero worship. It’s simply a look at an idealist’s journey to the center of his perceived political earth, and the twists and turns getting there. You learn about the human side of the White House, from Obama’s sense of humor to the insecurities and outsized consequences of staff. You see the journey from wide-eyed worshiper to jaded insider to realistic and hopeful pragmatist.

    If you want to understand the motivations, hopes, and fears that fueled the undeniably successful political eruption of 2008, and the unavoidable reality of Washington crashing against and eroding it in the wake, read this book.

    The performance, by the author, is fantastic. Nobody understands the nuance of writing like a work's author, yet most have trouble pulling off a performance. This is not a problem for Litt, who is clearly comfortable behind a microphone.

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    "quick, funny listen"

    I was laughing out loud and sharing snippets with friends. Fun insight into the lighter side of politics and speech writing.

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    moe sims la canada, ca United States 10-07-17
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    I loved this book. It was entertaing and gave an inside peel at speech writing in the White House. it was inspirational and bluntly honest as we follow a Yale naive graduate navigate his life from innocence to maturity. Lots of humor

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    CTCallie 10-07-17
    CTCallie 10-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    I chose this book on a whim but am so glad I did. A funny and interesting listen. I didn't want it to end.

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    Amazon Customer ST PAUL, MN, United States 10-05-17
    Amazon Customer ST PAUL, MN, United States 10-05-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved this book, loved Litt too."

    Fifteen words required. why? Fifteen words required. oh why? Fifteen words required. why? Fifteen words required. Sigh. seven unique ones too

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    D. Rowland 10-03-17
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    "New favorite non-fiction audiobook"

    This is wonderful. David Litt does an incredible job of providing interesting commentary and unique anecdotes all wrapped up in a flawless narration.
    I laughed, I cried, and I felt a little more "hopey changey" than I have in a while.

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