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The Obamas by Jodi Kantor
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Feb 19, 2012

really liked it
Read from February 19 to 22, 2012

The narrative spun by Kantor is delicious, anchored by the brilliant question of how the dynamics between Barack and Michelle Obama would shape the force and character of US policies. Inverting the typical storyline of how presidency affects the First Couple, in this case, the possibility that the private can influence the public, reveals an optimism about the Obama presidency that is nonetheless realistic and replete with the failures and disorganization of Obama's management of the White House.

At the larger level, the tale is really about whether bipartisanship, or even post-partisanship is a conceivable reality. In short, whether society can truly solve problems despite ideological differences. And the question remains: what would unify American politics? Here, Obama is portrayed as the dejected philosopher-king who struggles to deal with savvy Washington politicians, and the only thing that carries him forward is the love and fierce belief of his wife, in his potential. The subplot is seared with the idea of how a couple complements, supports and believe in one another. A great weaving together of bigger political issues and the demonstration of love between two human beings, by the author.
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