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The Obamas
Jodi Kantor
Adult Nonfiction E909 .K36 2012

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From Publishers' Weekly:

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.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Focuses on the home life of the President and the First Lady. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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