Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years

Thanks Obama My Hopey Changey White House Years 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

  • Title: Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years
  • Author: David Litt
  • ISBN: 9780062568458
  • Page: 229
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 TrumpMore than any other presidency, Barack Obama s eight years in the White House were defined by young people twenty somethings who didn t have much experieRemember 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 TrumpMore than any other presidency, Barack Obama s eight years in the White House were defined by young people twenty 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 twenty 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 healthcare 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 humorists 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 s 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.

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    1. I did not mean to rate my own book - and I can't figure how to unrate it. I do think it deserves five stars, but I mean really, wouldn't it be weird if I didn't?

    2. Listen up, all you who suffer from Trump Overload Syndrome: this book is for you! Applied in small doses, it is guaranteed to bring relief, for it allows you to imagine a universe in which Obama is still president and all is right (almost) with the world.Such fantasies are unhealthy, you say? We all live in Trumpworld now, you say? And “Denial” is not a river in Egypt? But if this is indeed Trumpworld, a place where “Nambia” has been proclaimed by our president to be a country in Africa, [...]

    3. 3.75 starsit's no surprise that an obama speechwriter is going to represent his president and party, but the book is not saturated with politics. there is also some focus on certain policies, such as the affordable care act, but it's important when taking a speechwriter's perspective to communicate to the publicre so, this book is about a guy in his twenties who found inspiration, and, to a degree, infatuation, with obama, more specifically, with what he had to say. from working on a local level [...]

    4. Kudos to this kid. There are so many ways this book could have gone wrong—overly snarky, carelessly written, or just too obliviously steeped in white-Ivy-League-dude privilege. Instead, everything went exactly right, in my opinion. I've got some background in political campaigns/political office myself, and even now (yes, even now) I still have a high level of idealism; I genuinely believe (some) elected officials truly want to make the world a better place, and I celebrate their victories and [...]

    5. Does anyone else remember when the American presidency was focused and functional? You can agree or disagree with Barack Obama’s policies and philosophy, but it’s hard to deny that his White House did a pretty good job with organization and communication. David Litt was a part of that, at age 24. Litt was hired as a speechwriter, first for presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett--there were no other applicants--and eventually for President Obama. Litt’s memoir Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey [...]

    6. I reserve the 5 star rating for books I would undoubtedly read at least one more time, so the fact that I have no intention of reading this again and I'm still giving it 5 stars means something to me.I almost literally devoured this book. I consumed it in every possible way, with the exception of tearing out the pages and eating them. I never wanted to step away from the pages and I'm rather upset the book ended.This book was satisfying as hell. David Litt was a speech writer for President Obama [...]

    7. My friend Julie recommended this to me, and I’m very glad that she did. I’ve belatedly gotten into podcasts—mostly for when I’m pottering around my room tending to my plants or doing a half-assed weekly clean—and the boys from Crooked Media have been a nice entrée into the genre. The most famous of these are Jon Favreau, Obama’s wunderkind head speech writer, and Jon Lovett, the consensus funniest speech writer in the room. But while these are probably the two most famous speechwri [...]

    8. "If only we could have a Glassdoor review for the White House's inner offices during Obama's two terms." Litt has got you covered, at least from his somewhat limited perspective. If it was this hard for Litt to be part of a team of speechwriters, imagine how the rest of the administration felt. And this was before social media exploded to today's levels. Yikes!There is bias for Democrats and their ideals in here, but I would say it's at a tolerable level. It's not an aggressive promotion for abs [...]

    9. David Litt’s fantastic memoir Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years works in many different ways. The book is a laugh out loud series of highly comedic and spit-take inducing vignettes that you will spend hours retelling in less funny versions to supremely patient acquaintances and loved ones. It’s a demonstration on how vital idealistic, enthusiastic, and inspired people working in our government are to the progress of our country. It reveals a fascinating behind the scenes gli [...]

    10. I enjoyed this book, but maybe not as much as I had hoped. David Litt was a low level speechwriter for the Obama administration, at first just writing jokes and relatively unimportant speeches, but he worked his way up to writing the speeches for the Correspondents Dinner and some very consequential occasions. He has a very self deprecating way of writing, although at times he comes off as a bit of a jerk (how many times can he "borrow his roommate's car without permission?"). He shares the frus [...]

    11. This review is the one that made me instantly hold this book at the library, so like, just go read that. Other people have more eloquently reviewed this book, but I'll give it a try: David Litt was one of the young speechwriters working for President Obama (in the same vein of the Pod Saves America crew, like Jon Favreau and Jon Lovett), specialising in comedy, and this book covers his career and his years in the White House. It could have been excruciating: it could have been a white guy in his [...]

    12. A must read for all who have been afraid to look at the news updates on their phone for the last nine months. I laughed, I cried. I felt nostalgic for a time I was proud of my country's leaders but left this book feeling more renewed and hopeful than melancholy. Litt does a great job of showing the reader a side of the White House that has not been covered before. Somewhere in between The West Wing and Veep, he manages to show the absurdity of his experiences without losing the idealism that mot [...]

    13. I enjoyed the sneak peek into the inner-workings of the Obama presidential campaigns and the Obama White House, but I struggled to empathize with the author. Litt came off as a bit entitled and too "look at me!" at times throughout his twenty-something coming of age story. This was especially noticeable at the beginning when he mentioned on several occasions that he "borrowed" his roommate's car without asking and went rogue at an internship by disregarding the dress code and playing Minesweeper [...]

    14. If you are picking up this book, I highly recommend getting it on audio. Litt narrates the book himself, and adds so much emotion and humour through his narration that the book takes on a whole other dimension.If Hillary tells us What Happened in America during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, Thanks, Obama shows us what happened at the White House in the years leading up to the campaign, and what kind of legacy Obama leaves behind. A very timely memoir about Litt's years in the White H [...]

    15. For me Barack Obama meant more than mere skin color. He was our hope for change, our reason to come together as one united front, our strength to dare to dream big and bold and never settle for less.As David Litt noted," While Donald Trump may be our president , he does not define our country." Having married a malignant narcissist and left for dead I can tell you there is no truer statement than this one I just mentioned.I enjoyed the authors sense of humor especially with the behind the scenes [...]

    16. I thoroughly enjoyed this look at Obama's presidency by then 20 something speechwriter David Litt. I laughed, I (once) cried and I looked forward to picking it up every evening. I especially appreciated Litt's honesty. He writes a lot about impostor syndrome, which I sometimes feel, and reveals his embarrassments and missteps. I'm glad I don't work in such a high pressure position. Most of all, I liked reading about the culture in the White House and Litt's summary of Obama's presidency: he didn [...]

    17. A light hearted insider's guide to the Obama White House as seen by a speech writer. Although David Litt was usually working on the comedic aspects of the president's speeches, he was also part of the notable speech writing team which included Favreau and Lovett. Litt's admiration and respect for President Obama is limitless, yet his self-deprecating analysis is honest and insightful in pointing out what went wrong or what could have been better. This is a clever and entertaining memoir.

    18. One of the most enjoyable books I have read this year. The title, taken from a sarcastic remark by Sarah Palin, perfectly summing up the essence of those eight hopey, changey years a very young David Litts spent as speech writer in the Obama administration. This book is packed with information about practicalities and unusual facts, is fascinating, entertaining and written with humour. Detailed political discussion is avoided although certain important pieces of legislation and election strategi [...]

    19. This was a fun and eye-opening behind the scenes look at Obama's presidency from the viewpoint of one of his speechwriters. One of my friends was a speechwriter for one of our former presidents so I thought I had an idea of what I might encounter in this bookbut now I want her to read it so I can hear how their experiences compare. Obama is a wonderful orator and so many good memories washed over me as Litt quoted some of his more memorable speeches, regardless of whether Litt himself contribute [...]

    20. I really enjoyed this laugh-out-loud funny memoir from former Obama speechwriter David Litt. It's an honest, and sometimes wistful, portrayal of the Obama presidency--its highs and its lows. Litt is self-deprecating and candid as he examines whether Obama lived up to his "hopey, changey" potential.

    21. It was ok. He wasn't much of an insider so most of his stories were about writing for White House correspondence dinners. It was interesting to read what it would be like to work in the White House.

    22. This was great - it's not a shock that a book written by a presidential speechwriter is well done. But what really struck me was how the trajectory of the author's experience in the Obama administration mirrored the ebbs and flows emotionally of many of the President's supporters. From overwhelming hope, to despair, to frustration, and then pride, this book does a great job of encapsulating an imperfect presidency that made an impact. Additionally, Litt's writing is pretty darn amusing and the b [...]

    23. I enjoyed the pants off of this book. In our seemingly dystopic present, I feared that it would end with disenchantment and depression, yet somehow I ended up being hopeful. It's funny and light. It's sincere and honest. It's a window into a world so central to the culture yet so misunderstood and in many ways unknown. In the acknowledgements he lists a number of people who's comedy and writing I appreciate — David Sedaris, Billy Eichner, and The Moth amongst them. If you those, you'll likely [...]

    24. Incisive and laugh out loud funny, i didnt put it down until i finished. Thanks Obama is an enjoyable reminder of the executive branch's capacity for good, when good people are working there - at every level. Multiple camp references make this a 5+. great job Litt!

    25. This book is by one of President Obama's speech writers - often a joke writer. Litt experienced the same awe of our future president what I had. That was only the beginning of my joy in this book. I love behind the scenes tales. I loved the chance to go back to a less stressful (for me) time. Litt is an excellent writer - no "white as snow" lines. Original.

    26. I don't know why I was surprised to like this so much. It's funny, thoughtful, and even hopeful about things I have felt remarkably discouraged about since November.

    27. First, I have to say something that is completely unrelated to this book, but I am reading SO SLOWLY lately and it's driving me crazy to not be getting through things at a pace that I'm used to! Now, though, onto this book. I got it because I loved the title, and the world I find myself in in 2017 feels like such a stark contrast to the Obama years. I needed something that took me back to that time, to remind me of a time when so many people (and specifically I myself) felt so much hope for the [...]

    28. I really enjoyed this bookobably not a shocker if you know me. I love Barack Obama, and have immense respect for everything he tried to do for this country. This book validates so much of what I believed happened on the "inside". Obama tried to do so much to change this country for the better, and was blocked by the right, and sometimes the left. Even when the right held Americans "hostage", Obama always kept his cool, and never gave up. He DID change this country for the better, but imagine how [...]

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