The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House by Chuck Todd

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Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 partly because he was a Washington outsider. But if he'd come to the White House thinking he could change the political culture, he soon discovered just how difficult it was to swim against an upstream of insiders, partisans, and old guard networks allied to undermine his agenda---including members of his own party. He would pass some of the most significant legislation in American history, but his own weaknesses torpedoed some of his greatest hopes.

In THE STRANGER, Chuck Todd draws upon his unprecedented inner-circle sources to create a gripping account of Obama's White House tenure, from the early days of drift and helplessness to a final stand against the GOP in which an Obama, at last liberated from his political future, finally triumphs.

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ISBN : 031607957X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 528 pages


Michael rated it ★★☆☆☆

April 04, 2015 was okay, but not much more. I'm not sure what I expected, but what I got was a "fly on the wall" look at most everything that made the news about President Obama's run-up to and taking the highest office in the land. Mr. Todd did not trash Mr. Obama and I think his book was fair and ne...

Scott rated it ★★★☆☆

March 04, 2016

For many of us who voted for him twice, Barack Obama has been, at any given time, a superb and disappointing chief executive. That he can sometimes be both simultaneously is a testament to the weirdness and confusion of the American political landscape. As Obama enters into the eighth year of his...

Tony rated it ★★★☆☆

January 23, 2018

It's impossible for anyone who watched the Democratic National Convention in 2004, as I did, to have overlooked Barack Obama's deliberate positioning into the future of his party. I don't know how many of those observers imagined he'd be elected president in another four years, but that's what ha...

Jeanette rated it ★★★★☆

March 08, 2015

This is now quite dated and a slog in parts. But he picks up a star in pre-Presidency years and another for seeing the preconceived concepts held by Obama instead of just his words, and quite early in his first term too. It's too long and at points redundant- loses a star for minutia detail of ce...

Donald rated it ★★★☆☆

March 07, 2017

While this is a detailed record of some inside information about President Obama's service, Todd reverts to the Beltway journalist's need to find criticism whether merited or not. As informed as Mr Todd claims to be he fundamentally understates the depth of the opposition President Obama has had...

Stephanie rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 03, 2015

This book is about 16 and a half hours in audio format. I made it through about six before I gave up. It takes a lot for me to give up on a book and I really tried to stick this one out. I just couldn't do it anymore. The following is my review of the first third-ish of the book The problem is tha...

Sm rated it ★★★☆☆

February 03, 2016

This book tells a sad story. Personalities trump the advancement of policies. And the polices themselves are based on political advancement not a principals. President Obama is both naive and arrogant. An orator that has skillfully manipulated "identity" electoral politics to achieve great succes...

Joseph rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 14, 2015

This is not a particularly revelatory look at the Obama presidency. It by no means will serve as a definitive appraisal of his time in the White House. This book reads like a Washington insider account of his presidency rather than a dispassionate analysis of financial, military and historical tr...

Mark rated it ★★★★☆

February 01, 2015

This book is both maddening and depressing. Chuck Todd does an unfortunately fantastic job of laying out all of the failures of the Obama administration. Todd sets out to answer the question of how it is that Obama could be such a brilliant campaigner and such a poorly performing president. Todd'...

Beverly rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 15, 2015

This book is very well-written from a prose-style perspective, clear and economical. It also gives as much and more detail as any political junkie could want. That is where it begins to break down - I'm not that big of a junkie. Where the book fails the most in my eyes is in balance. Todd identif...

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