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To Obama

With Love, Joy, Hate and Despair
Written by: Jeanne Marie Laskas
Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins

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Every day, President Obama received 10,000 letters from ordinary American citizens. Every night, he read 10 of them before going to bed. This is the story of how they shaped his presidency. Together they reveal the diary of a nation.  

In To Obama, Jeanne Marie Laskas interviews President Obama, the letter writers themselves and the White House staff in the Office of Presidential Correspondence who were witness to the millions of pleas, rants, thank yous and apologies that landed in the mail room during the Obama years. There is Peggy, a patriotic grandmother who thinks the President is trying to lead the country into socialism and recommends that he read the Constitution; Bill, a lifelong Republican whose attitude towards immigration reform was transformed when he met a boy who escaped MS-13 gang leaders in El Salvador; Jordan, a seven-year-old about to be adopted, who wants to thank the President for keeping him safe; James, who on the morning after the 2016 election tells the President to start packing; and Dawn, who writes to say that he made it possible for a very jaded generation to begin to hope and believe in the good.  

They wrote to Obama out of gratitude and desperation, in their darkest times of need, with anger, fear and respect. To Obama is an intimate look at one man's relationship with the American people, and at a time when empathy intersected with politics in the White House.  

Jacket design: Anna Bauer Carr, based on the original design by David Mann
Jacket photograph: Callie Shell/Aurora Photos

©2018 Jeanne Marie Laskas (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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  • Miss Sacha A Ferreira
  • 29-10-18

Wonderful insight into the world of a great man

A lovely and different way to tell Obama's story. It is a moving tale weavingin lots of differnet stories so relevant to the time they are written in and highlights what a great and empathetic man Obama is and the way he was able to touch so many people's lives. I also loved the dedication he inspired in those who worked with and for him.

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  • yvette royle
  • 17-10-18

A good book, written by many

A good book, written by many, an account of 8 years of hope, anger, tears and pain.

A very good account of the Obama years written from the view of the people. Some stories are harrowing, others will bring you to tears. Very well put together and flows through the book.

Well worth listening to.

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  • Dennis Atkins
  • 01-01-19

An inspiring book

This was a heartfelt delight. It took the listener into the centre of American politics at the highest level, giving insights into the people and their values, concerns and fears during eight amazing years of Barack Obama’s presidency. It also shows the depth of his commitment to the job of leading his country at a truly pivotal moment in history. A gem that will have you talking to all of your friends about its joy and sheer delight.