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Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years 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, then ho 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, then how do you know for sure that Denial is not a river in Egypt And if it be a river, I can think of nocharming vessel with which to navigate its tranquil waters than Thanks, Obama My Hopey, Changey White House Years by David Litt.Who is David Litt An Obama speech writer Not the premier Obama speech writer who wrote the first inaugural and the A More Perfect Union Speech that would be Jon Favreau , but one who specialized in his funnier speeches Not Obama s most famous funny speech, the Correspondent s Dinner speech in 2011 where he humiliated Donald Trump that would be Jon Lovett , but most of the later funny speeches, after Lovett left for Hollywood My favorite Obama joke of his comes from the Romney campaign period, when the Republicans were ridiculing Obama for having eaten dog when he was a boy in Indonesia What s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull A pit bull is delicious But it wasn t all funny speeches and presidential debate zingers He wrote a lot of serious speeches too.In Thanks, Obama, Litt in his deprecatory, amusing fashion tells of his early days as a starry eyed Obamabot on the campaign trail, of his speech writing apprenticeship in the first term, and of his emergence as an accomplished craftsman in the second term His perfect speech was one Obama delivered to the NAACP on criminal justice reform a week after the Charleston shootings Any system that allows us to turn a blind eye to hopelessness and despair, that s not a justice system, it s an injustice system Of course, one of the good things about the book is that Litt gives usthan a few glimpses of the president himself We see him as a thorough professional, demanding the best of himself and others He can be distant, and critical, at times, but he is also a man who is collegial, forgiving, and gifted with a fine sense of humor.Here s a little glimpse of POTUS and an observation by Litt that reminds us of how un Trumplike our last president was The joke that most worried me involved the political landscape postcampaign One thing Republicans can all agree on after 2012 is that they need to do a better job reaching out to minorities, the script read Call me self centered, but I can think of one minority they could start with It was the kind of line we never would have written in the first term No one could remember POTUS referring to himself as a minority before But with the reelect behind him, President Obama was eager to push the envelope That s pretty good, he chuckled Just as he did a year earlier, when the subject was eating pit bulls, he even promised a personal touch.I might add a little wave there Maybe a hello, or something How strange There I was, sick with nervousness, and POTUS was having fun.While I doubt President Obama looked forward to spending his Saturday night with the press corp, I always got the sense he enjoyed reading jokes Unlike most politicians, President Obama missed being treated like a normal person I once overheard him say that this why why he loved meeting babies they had no idea who he was. I reserve the 5 star rating for books I would undoubtedly read at least onetime, 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 I reserve the 5 star rating for books I would undoubtedly read at least onetime, 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 The man knows how to write Add to that his unique perspective and unflinching opinions, and you ve got a great book On top of that, the dude is straight up HILARIOUS The content is what the synopsis says it is If you are even slightly interested in reading this, just do it, because I personally found nothing to dislike about it The entire thing was so damn enjoyable.Now I m going to add an excerpt that I think really captures the books essence, before I go overboard and keep gushing and telling you to read this book because it s so goodAs a small avalanche fell from my hat onto my jacket, I thought of all the miles that had piled up over the past eight years I had knocked on doors and driven naked I had organized a county and scrubbed Janice Maier s table till it gleamed I sang the Golden Girls theme song in the Oval I watched a tiny man surf Jesse Jackson s coat In a convention hall in Charlotte, I met a mom from Arizona who would never stop fighting for her little girl I was disillusionedtimes than I thought possible I was reinspiredtimes than I could count I navigated Healthcare.gov for a woman, the highest test of love I helped break the Internet I wrote one perfect speech I found a salmon in the toilet and was caught half naked on Air Force One and told the president he looked like Hitler to his face I was, I felt,perfect than when I started 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 s 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 sometimes take their defeats too personally David Litt understands and portrays those feelings very well, and when he talks about the moments when his idealism was brought back down to earth, I understood that feeling as well.Beyond that, Thanks, Obama is very well written and articulate there s nothing lazy or phoned in here, which I guess makes sense given how tirelessly speechwriters are used to working to get something right It s a fantastic way to get up to speed on the big issues of the Obama administration and how they were handled or not by Congress, if that s something you still need clarity on And it s funny David Litt now works for Funny or Die, that s how funny he is Really funny.I thought it would be depressing to read about the Obama administration given the trainwreck we currently have in office, but the tone of this book is exactly right realistic but still hopeful If you need an antidote to the vast quantities of nonsense we re now dealing with here in the U.S., I can t recommend anything better than Thanks, Obama 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 WhiteDoes 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 White House Years covers his transition from a smitten, self described Obamabot to a thoughtful, self deprecating contributor to White House messaging Litt wrote speeches on a wide array of topics because, as a junior staff member, he was assigned topics that no one else wanted But Litt is funny, funny, funny, so he became especially valuable when Obama needed comedy material from time to time Seeing how those bits of humor evolved is a fascinating thread in Thanks, Obama.Litt s memoir is an insightful look at how a competent White House operates But because the place is operated by humans, there are some moments when the wheels come off This is not a tell all on Obama or anyone else in his administration, but Litt gives readers his hilarious take on how hard work sometimes doesn t pay off, and how being in the presence of a president can make a person do things he wouldn t otherwise do For example, on one occasion Litt had to tell Obama that a favorite photo made him look too much like Hitler Remember when the Healthcare.gov web site was rolled out, and it didn t work Litt s panicked writing about that debacle was, for me, the funniest section of Thanks, Obama A lot of funny stuff happened during Litt s time at the White House, but all of it was in service to a president who was serious about working for the American people Reading this book is fun, and it makes me hope that we will soon have another president who values competence, understands organizational dynamics, and knows how to use the presidency for something other than personal aggrandizement.Thanks to Ecco Press and HarperCollins for providing me with an advance copy of Thanks, Obama I hope many people will look for and enjoy this book when it comes out in September 2017 My first book of 2019 4.5 stars I love finding new autobiographies about people that I ve never heard of and reading them I really enjoyed this story David Litt did a great job in this book 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 My first book of 2019 4.5 stars I love finding new autobiographies about people that I ve never heard of and reading them I really enjoyed this story David Litt did a great job in this book 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 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 glimpse 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 glimpse of the inner workings of the Obama administration It is a stellar table leveler if one leg is shorter by an inch and 3 8 than the other three legs And it works in outstanding fashion as a creepy spider crusher.Recently out of college, David Litt sees freshman senator Barack Obama stumping on the campaign trail He is immediately beguiled The optimism and ambition of this presidential candidate speaks to him we can really make a differenceand Litt is soon beginning a wild journey spanning from the volunteer campaign offices in Ohio to two terms at the White House as a staff speechwriter David Litt is self depreciating and very funny And look, even if you take the politics out if you don t use divisive comments like this book would make even career politician Mitch McConnell emit the kind of screeching laugh think bat caught in a bug zapper normally only heard only when taking health insurance away from young children Or that the pages in Thanks, Obama flew by faster than Speaker of the House Paul Ryan running a two hour marathon Or this book even held the attention of Ted Cruz so that he stopped eating his boogers for several minutes You are still left with a very relatable and timely story that both sides of the aisle can enjoy Litt s goofball antics are relatable mainly as he is overwhelmed in the presence of the 44th President of the United States He comes off as well meaning, smart, and dedicated and not at all sure how his foot got stuck in that bucket nor how to get it off tactfully It is all genuinely hilarious and bound to have reader s guffaws erupting like hot geysers from Old Faithful 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 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 absolute reverence, and Litt is quick to point out that working at the White House for him wasn t always magical It s written in a way where he hopes you can understand what the entire experience meant to him, including the embarrassing lows and quibbling annoyances It s also telling about how inner politics could potentially damage a public figure s image and how reputation often holds paramount importance, something that is becoming all too apparent today.Surprisingly, I would recommend this book to Obama s detractors too Mostly to give them an idea of how human Obama is to a lot of people, since I ve heard many say that they can t understand him at all amongst other things Even with Litt s gushing idolization early in, this book isn t a long lost love story of how it could have been between them Nor is it a falling out It s about how one nervously awkward youth is doing his best to impress another busy man who has many other things on his mind And through the jokes, the angst, and the disappointment, the accomplishments feel all therewarding It s like that one final in school you ve been stressing and whining about for weeks, but then it s over in thirty minutes and you pass with flying colors Unmistakable triumph.While I would have likedbackground history to certain events and I didn t laugh at all of his jokes, I did enjoy reading this book The White House jargon dictionary entries were fantastic, and the ending especially made me smile For people who have got their electronics handy, I highly recommend looking up the speeches that are mentioned in the book after you re done reading about them Like Litt said at the start, YouTube is your friend.Thank you very much, Litt, for all your hard work I received the book for free through Goodreads Giveaways 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 entr e 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 speechwriters 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 entr e 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 speechwriters, the youngest member of the team was the best known to me, a really great guy whom I got to know fairly well toward the end of undergrad Kyle O Connor.Kyle gets mentioned 3 4 times in this book, the first time about 100 pages in Kyle got scooped up by the Obama team while we were still in college, when his candidacy seemed like a longshot and where a junior speechwriting gig was probably a practical stepping stone rather than a career altering decision But we all know how unexpected and whirlwind the Obama 2008 campaign was Kyle was busy during those years and we didn t keep in the best of touch, but he gave us insights into this unknowable life through occasional emails and Instagrams from Air Force One.Kyle is mentioned in the book really only as the person positioned right above the book s author in terms of the hierarchy of speechwriters He s also probably not mentioned because though certainly interpersonally funny his main assets are probably earnestness, clarity of thought, ability to communicate effectively The closest I came to influencing political speechcraft was when I found myself on an email chain started by Kyle, soliciting our feedback on how to address the nation in the 2011 State of the Union address Kyle asked about 5 6 of us for our thoughts on how to address gridlock At the time, I was apoplectic over the Republicans obstructionism and equally upset with Obama s very patient, arguably overindulgent extension of good will to them and willingness to compromise We all know how these overtures were rewarded, but if there s one thing this book really reveals between the slapstick, it s what a good, fine man and politician President Obama was Aside from all of the burdens he had to carry as the first Black president, he was also uncommonly deferential, optimistic, and decent toward a Republican party seemingly animated by nothing so universal as simmering racial resentment We all know the outcome, and history will tell whether decency and proper procedure will once again come to define our federal politics though I m not very optimistic But reading this memoir in the midst of the Trump presidency, characterized by white victimhood, racist and xenophobic dog whistles, hollow braggadocio, inability to accept blame or responsibility, opaqueness of process, and eagerness to take credit for every positive while shirking or blaming others for every liability, I am thankful that we had eight years under a president who cared about good government and operated in good faith My response to Kyle in that email was that we should lay the blame for the economic miseries of the population on the Republicans, who had control of congress and thereby had farcontrol over the economy than did the president, who does not enact laws In hindsight, I understand just how inappropriate this suggestion was not only does the American public not really seem to understand that the president doesn t control the economy, and can only do so to the extent Congress is willing to cooperate with him, but it would have been off message in the extreme And none of this is to say that Republicans deserve cooperation or the benefit of the doubt But if we are presently witnessing the conflagration of American democracy, history will bear witness to who brought a fire extinguisher and who brought the gasoline We very recently had a man in the Oval Office whose decency and good faith were inexhaustible, and we currently have a man whose piggishness, immaturity, and ineptitude defy credulity May our next choice reflect the temperament of the person we feel better represents us as a people, and may President Obama s legacy counsel us to make the wiser choice.ETA I almost forgot to mention what an asshole Harvey Weinstein comes across as in this book, and that s without him even sexually coercing the author Litt must feel quite vindicated and good riddance to that monster 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 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 , he went straight to the Obama campaign In , he became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history Until leaving the White House in , 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 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About the Author: David Litt

David Litt entered the White House as a speechwriter in 2011, and left in 2016 as a senior presidential speechwriter and special assistant to the president In addition to writing remarks for President Barack Obama on a wide range of domestic policy issues, David served as the lead joke writer for several White House Correspondents Dinner monologues Since leaving government, David has written speeches, op eds, and jokes for Fortune 100 CEOs, professional athletes, leading philanthropists, and prominent political figures.His New York Times bestselling memoir, Thanks, Obama My Hopey Changey White House Years, was published in 2017 His second book will be released on June 16, 2020 He is currently developing a sitcom for ABC based on his life in DC.


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