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The Obama Diaries

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  585 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Popular conservative radio host Laura Ingraham discusses President Obama's first year in office.
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published June 25th 2010)
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If you don't like Laura Ingraham or her politics, you are probably not going to want to read this book. However...if you are going to read Game Change, or any books that are authored by apologists for Obama and/or proponents of the liberal agenda, then you should be informed about the total picture of what is happening in our country and read the opinion, and facts, presented here by Ingraham.
If it weren't for the intro, I wouldn't be convinced that it was satire because a lot of the journal entries in this book could very well be passed off as complete truth. Though, the descriptions and points ("facts" as it were) Ingraham makes are based largely in fact which she so eloquently walks us through make this book eligible to be classified as "non-fiction".

I can't say I was horribly amused with this book beyond about 100 pages. The journal entries were quite entertaining and they really
Like a lot of other people I could only get through about a third of this book. I thought it'd be a satire, but the entries are sparse and not even remotely funny, spliced in between her poorly written thoughts filled with a whole lot of hate. Glad I didn't waste my money on this one, and my only consolation is that by keeping it checked out for two weeks from the library, it in turn kept it from someone who might actually like this drivel. What a waste of paper and ink. And remember Miss Ingrah ...more
If you had access to the private writings and intimate journals of the highest ranking members of the Barack Obama administration, what would that look like? Thanks to Laura Ingraham, now we know. Sort of. About half of this book is fiction, make-believe, entirely made up thoughts as if they came from the mind of Obama, his wife, his vice-president, his chief of staff and other members of his cabinet and Congress. This is an inside-the-mind expose of what liberal thinking might look like, at lea ...more
The President of this great country really should listen to the people who elected him rather than looking in the mirror for daily confirmation of his "greatness".
Oct 17, 2010 Tee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Conservatives/Centralists who like a good laugh
Recommended to Tee by: Mother
It was a laughfest! Normally I don't read political fiction (though this is fiction AND nonfiction, they call it fiction) this book is an exception. Laura Ingraham's writing style topped with the sheer arrogance of the main characters was truly funny. I won't mind reading this book again.
Tassie McLennan
As is usual with L.Ingram's books, it is an easy read. The preface leaves one wondering where the "diaries" came from and if they are authentic...written by the purported people. If they are...OMG..what egos! How are the White House walls still standing?
Ryan Manganiello
Awesome!!! Facts, fiction, and humor all rolled into one great Barack Hussein Obama Book!!! Outstanding!!!
Fantastic! Factual, yet incredibly entertaining as well!
You have to wonder about the audience for books of this sort and those who would go reading reviews on Amazon regarding it. Now, that's not intended as a slight regarding either side of the political spectrum, folks ... it's just an honest reflection on the 'state of affairs' when it comes to considering political persuasive books.

In short, I don't believe you're seriously going to consider buying this book if you're an Obama supporter, and that's a shame. Personally, I found THE OBAMA DIARIES
In this satire, Laura has excerpts from the diaries of Michelle Obama and her mom, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, and even the big guy himself. I have to say that the diary entries were my favorite parts of the book, and were very funny. Here, Obama is thinking about church:

I'll never forget when Rev. Jeremiah taught us that the women who went to Jesus's tomb were the first community organizers. They were "looking for life among the dead just like our people here on the South Side," he said. "We're st
Jun 11, 2011 Jonna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: conservatives, political junkies
This book is tough for me to review. I don't normally like reading political books, per se. I read this book because supposedly there was a lot of satire, sarcasm and humor injected into it which I can never pass up. And frankly, it didn't disappoint in that area - but it was a pointed humor that isn't going to be appreciated by all.

Here's the real deal. This is a conservative, anti-Obama book, so if you know this isn't your kinda gig, then don't go out to the dance and save yourself the money.
Oct 03, 2010 Mark added it
Shelves: dnf
Can I give this a zero-star rating without having read all (or much) of it? Not even I could be so masochistic! I was interested in checking it out (literally; it's a library copy) only because of the complaints about its classification as nonfiction. Its Library of Congress number actually puts it on the same shelf as the other, genuine, works on and by Obama. The "diaries" themselves are, of course, fiction (especially if you define fiction as "made-up crap"). But since the bulk of the book is ...more
Chris Munson
Like many of the books on our current president, Ingraham spends a ton of time going over many of the views, actions, and general philosophies of Barrack Obama. As usual, if you have been paying attention, there really isn't much new here in terms of documentation of President Obama's past, present and probable future. However, Laura Ingraham does what nobody else (that I have read so far) does...she actually provides some in-depth analysis of why the President believes what he believes and does ...more
I read about 100 pages of this disaster before giving up, making this only the second book I rated without reading all of it. (Twilight was the other book). I picked this up because I was told it was satire and I love satire of all political persuasion. I also knew Ms. Ingraham, if anyone, had the intelligence and writing skills to make this work. Was I wrong! Unfortunately the fictional diary entries are only about a quarter of the book. The rest of it are Ingraham's comments in which she justi ...more
Oct 16, 2010 MG rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: common-sense conservatives with a sense of humor
Recommended to MG by:
Laura Ingraham is hilarious in this book!

The diary entries are of course fictional, but her analysis of the policies and ideology that drives Barack Obama and his entourage are spot-on.

While everyone with any common sense can see Obama's blatant narcissism, it's her satirical portrayal of Michelle Obama and Joe Biden that had me laughing out loud. What a great read!

I caution the reader: take the diary entries as tongue-in-cheek, but read her analysis and comments carefully, and with an open min
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There has been debate about whether this book is true or not and of course the liberals don't like it. But she says in the back "What you do with the insights in this true AND fictional account of the historical presidency of Barack Obama is up to you". It was immediately apparent to me that her opinions and quotes in her comments were the real thing, while the "diaries" of the different people were satire. She brings out a lot of the things that the far left believe, have done, are doing and al ...more
John Michael
I was fortunate to get the audio version, so it has the nasal-shouting voice of Laura Ingraham coming in loud and clear ('cept for her nasal overtones) along with several of her friends who provide voices of those included in the book.

Hearing it makes it come alive especially when the cut is to Joe Biden or "the First Grandmother" -

I was especially grateful for the insights that were provided about how elitist is this current administration and the change that we've been given won't buy a cup o
The concept of this book is that Laura has written fictional satirical diary entries from Obama and those around him, that tie in with events surrounding the presidency and point out the hypocrisy of the administration. Following each diary entry is the facts supporting the "fictional" entry. This just didn't work for me.. a couple were humorous, but overall, just way too overdone and tends to make light of serious issues.. I did like the supporting parts, just not the diary entries.
Not a great book. The premise is that Laura Ingraham has the personal diaries of the Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden and several other figures within the administration. In these diaries, they communicate their true motivation and intent.
Unfortunately, it is neither funny nor enlightening. The projections of personality offer very little information considering the intended audience and the comedy falls flat.
Oct 25, 2010 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people with their heads in the sand
Laura Ingraham rehashes all of the bad stuff perpetrated by Obama and his administration/cohorts. These events are broken up by satirical journal entries by Obama and his wife.
I did not finish this book, but it is due and I have already heard/read about the events. Not enough people seem to care because Obama is such a great guy and good basketball player--not to mention all around great guy.
Rob Dhillon
A little too snide and over-the-top for my liking. I don't care for the current administration's shenanigans & find them, as with many lawyers, to be difficult to trust or believe. Still, it is America, "the shining city on the hill," the greatest country in history, so I continue to hope for the best despite my cautious nature which expects the worst.

It's a one-liner carried too far.
I wouldn't have liked the book as much in print and am glad I got the audiobook. The impersonations are SPOT ON and hysterical, especially the ones of Michelle. Finally, someone mines the rich comedy that is Obama & Co. Laura Ingraham is a comedic genius. Not surprised that it's at the top of the NYTimes bestseller list for nonfiction, though I'm sure it drives them mad.
I picked this up at Borders' clearance sale for like $5. Fun read by the ever clever and cheeky Laura Ingraham. She doesn't pull any punches. She's just as brilliant here as she is as a radio/TV commentator. If you're into conservative "porn", you'll enjoy this book. If you actually think the Obama administration is competent, this book might annoy you.
Scott Birk
Very entertaining, if not a little close to the edge of propriety. I especially enjoyed the chapter about BHO's narcissistic tendencies, which are supported in the book by some clinical research. The book enlightened me on some issues related to the First Family of which I was not aware. The book was well worth the time I spent reading it.
Incredibly mediocre...this book had the chance to be really satirical and funny, yet fell short with the same stuff..different day. I found myself getting incredibly bored with it and probably wouldn't have finished it unless I was the person who asked my library to order it! 2.5/5 stars (and even then, I am being generous)
Brian S. Wise
Didn't bother with the "diary" entries - I have a suspicion they were written to stitch the book together and give it a marketable theme. The book is basically boilerplate stuff; only once did I read something I hadn't previously thought or said. Not great, not terrible, just an average book in the series.
Tongue in cheek observations regarding our current self absorbed President and his navel gazing entourage by my favorite conservative radio talk show host. No great revelations here, but now that we are two and a half years into the Obama presidency, you'll see that government is for grown-ups.
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Conservative political commentator and talkradio host.

She is a staunch critic of the Barack Obama administration
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