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The stranger : Barack Obama in the White House
Todd, Chuck, 1972-
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New York : Hachette Audio, 2014.
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14 audio discs (16.5 hours) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Explores how Obama's pre-presidency status as a Washington outsider has been an advantage and disadvantage and how his decisions are setting the stage for future politics.
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A nuanced, behind-the-scenes and analytical narrative of President Obama's first term, and what "Obamaism" truly is, by NBC's award-winning Chief White House Correspondent. Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 partly because he was a Washington outsider. But when he got to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, that distinction turned out to be double-bladed. While he'd been a brilliant campaign politician, working inside the system as president turned out to be much more of a challenge than Obama had ever imagined.
In UNTITLED ON PRESIDENT OBAMA, Chuck Todd draws upon his unprecedented inner-circle sources to create a gripping account of Obama's tumultuous first term and campaign to win another. And not only does he give us the most revealing portrait of this fascinating president and his struggles, Todd also seeks to define what "Obamism" really is, what the president stands for, and how his decisions have changed--and will change--American politics for generations.


Chuck Todd discusses Barack Obama's tenure in the White House.

Author Notes

Chuck Todd is the Chief White House Correspondent and Political Director of NBC News, and a contributing editor to "Meet the Press". He also serves as NBC News' on-air political analyst for "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," "Today," "Meet the Press," and such MSNBC programs as "Morning Joe" and "Hardball with Chris Matthews." Before joining NBC News, Todd was editor-in-chief of National Journal's "The Hotline," Washington's premier daily briefing on America politics. He has also written Op-Ed pieces for the New York Times and the Washington Post and for the Atlantic Monthly , where he is a contributing editor. He is the co-author of How Barack Obama Won: A State-by-State Guide to the Historic 2008 Presidential Election (Vintage, 2009). He teaches a graduate political communications course at Johns Hopkins University.

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Booklist Review

While he took the typical path of campaigning as a Washington outsider pledged to change the political status quo, President Obama's continued status as an outsider has cost him greatly during his presidency, asserts NBC White House correspondent Todd. From the early days of his administration, the reformer who came to Washington to change it ended up relying on the same old faces for his new administration, often showing a pragmatism that countered the image of idealism that had won him the election. But his disdain for politics and Republican determination to thwart his every effort soured Obama's relationships throughout Washington, making it harder for him to push his agenda. Todd chronicles the Obama presidency, from dealing with the financial crisis to fighting for health-care reform, from authorizing military aggression in Afghanistan to authorizing the killing of Osama bin Laden, detailing the complex of relationships between the president and his staff, Congress, and the Democratic Party. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, Todd offers an insightful look at Obama's presidency and its legacy.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Todd, the newly minted Meet the Press host and former NBC chief White House correspondent, provides an even-handed, concise, and thorough account of President Obama's first six years in the Oval Office. Todd frames his perspective with his choice of title-President Obama "came to Washington on the strength of being a stranger to the city and to the political elites, but it hasn't always served him well." He covers in great detail the die-hard obstructionism, exemplified in Sen. Mitch McConnell's proclamation that his priority was to deny Obama a second term, that has characterized the Republican response to the president's agenda. But Todd doesn't believe that right-wing extremism lets the president off the hook, and offers example after example of times when his aloof approach to Congress hobbled his legislative initiatives. The book also compares the efficiency of Obama's electoral campaigns to his subpar management in office. There isn't a lot here that will be news to readers who follow politics closely-no Bob Woodward-type revelations-but the thoughtful organization of material make this as good a summation of Obama's successes and failures, and the reasons for them, as anything else out there. Agent: Matthew Carnicelli, Carnicelli Literary Management. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

NBC News political director and Meet the Press moderator Todd (coauthor, How Barack Obama Won) offers a fascinating consideration of Barack Obama's presidency that investigates the conundrum of how he won the highest office in the nation while demonstrating contempt for the art of politics. Obama, writes Todd, has had more success when working with small groups than with Congress, especially after Republicans took charge of the House in 2010. It's no surprise that affordable health care and the stimulus package, Obama's most notable achievements, Todd claims, happened during Obama's first two years as president. The president's aloofness combined with challenges in foreign policy and the recession, both inherited from the Bush administration, and legislators of both parties who rendered bipartisanship obsolete, have ignited an out-of-control politics that will likely define the government for years to come. Todd concludes that Obama's legacy will not be set for years following his administration, yet the author does note some significant accomplishments including skilled use of the latest technologies in electioneering and carving out a Democratic majority with his appeal to minority groups. VERDICT This fast-moving account will entertain and inform readers of politics and modern history. See David Marranis's Barack Obama: The Story and David Remnick's The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama for personal insight into the president. [See Prepub Alert, 11/3/13.]-Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.