Read Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years Online Free - 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 Trump
More 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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September 25, 2017
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?
January 11, 2018
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...
November 20, 2017
it'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 communica...
November 26, 2017
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...
July 22, 2017
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....
November 08, 2017
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...
December 19, 2017
My goodreads 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 mo...
October 04, 2017
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 l...
September 22, 2017
"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. A...
November 14, 2017
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 consequent...