Thanks, Obama

Thanks, Obama

My Hopey Changey White House Years

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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"A different kind of White House memoir, presidential speechwriter David Litt's comic account of his years spent working with Barack Obama and his reflection on Obama's legacy in the age of Trump. Like many twentysomethings, David Litt frequently embarrassed himself in front of his boss's boss. Unlike many twentysomethings, Litt's boss's boss was President Obama. At age twenty-four, Litt became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history. Along with remarks on issues like climate change and criminal justice reform, he was the president's go-to writer for comedy. As the lead on the White House Correspondents' Dinner speech (the "State of the Union of jokes"), he was responsible for some of President Obama's most memorable moments, including Keegan-Michael Key's appearance as Luther, Obama's "anger translator." With a humorist's eye for detail and a convert's zeal, Litt takes us inside his eight years on the front lines of Obamaworld. In his political coming-of-age story, he goes from starry-eyed college student--a self-described "Obamabot"--to nervous junior speechwriter to White House senior staff. His behind-the-scenes anecdotes answer questions you never knew you had: What's the classiest White House men's room? What's the social scene like on Air Force One? How do you force the National Security Council to stop hitting reply-all on every e-mail? In between lighthearted observations, Litt uses his experience to address one of today's most important issues: the legacy and future of the Obama movement in the age of Donald Trump"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062568458
Branch Call Number: 973.932 LITT
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 24 cm


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May 04, 2018

Insider's account of his years as a speechwriter and organizer in the Obama administration. First person record by a relatively minor figure.

Feb 11, 2018

David Litt joined the Obama presidential campaign in 2008 as a college student, then followed others in the campaign to Washington and an eventual White House speechwriting job. Entertaining, enlightening.

Dec 01, 2017

An optimistic book about a speechwriter's years through both terms of the Obama administration with anecdotes that reveal author David Litt's reasons for admiring Barack Obama, and the qualities that brought him to the White House along with many idealistic young people seeking a way to be of service. Particularly good stories included in the book were how The 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner included Luther the Anger Translator, and moving story of Obama's speech honoring the victims of the South Carolina Church shooting victims.

This book is recommended reading for anyone missing a time when a U.S. President tried to make life better for Americans.

Nov 08, 2017

This is a book to read when what's going on in Washington, D.C., has got you down. Written by former Obama speechwriter, David Litt, the book chronicles his life, starting at age 24, working for the President of the United States. It's filled with humor, sometimes to the point of goofiness. Was the author in POTUS's inner circle? No, not really, although he did eventually rise to senior status in the White House. But because of his comic touch, he did write or help write some of Obama's more fun speeches, such as the ones for the White House Correspondent's Dinners, as well as many more serious presentations.


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