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The Obama Diaries

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  685 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
The Diary of President Barack Obama

The White House

May 19, 2010

I was going to write about tonight’s state dinner for Mexico and the amnesty plan, but we’ve got a national crisis here! I think somebody’s been snooping in this diary! The pages are all wrinkled! And the most personal entries are dog-eared! WHAT THE HELL’S GOING ON HERE?

On May 20, 2010, L
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Threshold Editions (first published June 25th 2010)
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Sep 14, 2010 Leslie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 13, 2010 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 10, 2010 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political, favorites
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".
Nov 09, 2014 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 12, 2010 Marvin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 17, 2012 Nathan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 21, 2010 Naomi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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)
Tassie McLennan
Jul 24, 2010 Tassie McLennan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?
Oct 17, 2010 Tee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ryan Manganiello
Awesome!!! Facts, fiction, and humor all rolled into one great Barack Hussein Obama Book!!! Outstanding!!!
Jul 19, 2010 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic! Factual, yet incredibly entertaining as well!
Nov 15, 2010 Trekscribbler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 03, 2010 Mark added it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 29, 2011 Jonna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Chris Munson
Aug 15, 2012 Chris Munson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, humor
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
Oct 16, 2010 MG rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 18, 2011 Jessie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 11, 2016 Russty Thaggard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laura Ingraham is a very talented writer, reporter, news show host and contributor, and from all accounts, a very successful attorney. Her combination of the "fictional" diary entries(based on n0n-fiction actions and words of the contributing "diary" entrants) and her commentary on those non-fiction events, makes for a very entertaining book.

I wish that I had read this sooner, earlier on in Obama's presidency; but, having read it closer to the end, and during his pitiful attempt to assist Hillar
Aug 10, 2011 Cactuskid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 03, 2010 Jerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, non-fiction
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.
Jun 29, 2011 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 04, 2011 goddess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, own
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.
Oct 03, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Rob Dhillon
Jan 12, 2011 Rob Dhillon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
D Dozier
I read funny stories that are factual and true about how phony the First Family is. It is really to bad that they choose to phony when there is so much opportunity to genuine. Stay away from people in power they will trample the "Little People" like trash.
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