Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years by David LittThanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years by David Litt

Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years

byDavid Litt

Paperback | September 4, 2018

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An Esquire Best Book of 2017

Remember when presidents spoke in complete sentences instead of in unhinged tweets? Former Obama speechwriter 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.

Title:Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House YearsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:September 4, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062568442

ISBN - 13:9780062568441


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very enlightening read... I found this extremely enlightening and much I thought I understood about US politics and I truly had no idea.....insightful....great read!
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Read I bought this for my US political loving husband for Christmas and he enjoyed it a lot. I have now borrowed it and I'm half way through it and I can't put it down. Great book to see the behind the scenes of the presidency. Recommend 100% if you are fan of Obama.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i enjoyed this book Its been a while i got to read such a wonderfully written book. it was informative in a very witty way. there were parts where i went like " Oh my i didn't know that" to having several laughed out loud moments while reading this book gathering glances from the passerby.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so funny! not only did I learn about the inner workings of the Obama Whitehouse, but I laughed the whole way through! great read
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! David's writing is funny and engaging, and he takes you on a look inside such a fascinating workplace with a great sense of humour. Wonderfully written and easy to read. Definitely worth checking out.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great I thought it was truly a look into the the making of a president with a little humor infused at just the right times . wonderful book
Date published: 2017-09-23

Editorial Reviews

“A talented (and very funny) speechwriter, David will make you laugh. He’ll make you miss Obama more than you do already. Most of all, he’ll renew your faith in the politics of hope.”