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To Obama: With Love, Joy, Anger, and Hope (edição 2018)

por Jeanne Marie Laskas (Autor)

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"Every evening for 8 years, at his request, President Obama received a binder containing ten handpicked letters from ordinary American citizens -- the unfiltered voice of a nation -- from his Office of Presidential Correspondence. He was the first to President to save constituent mail, and this is the story of how those letters affected not only the President and his policies, but also the deeply committed people who were tasked with opening the millions of pleas, rants, thank yous, and apologies that landed in the White House mailroom. Based on the popular New York Times article, 'To Obama,' Laskas now interviews the letter writers themselves and the White House staff who sifted through the powerful, moving, and incredibly intimate narrative of America during the Obama years emerges: There is Kelli, who saw her grandfathers finally marry -- legally -- after 35 years together; Bill, a lifelong Republican whose attitude toward immigration reform was transformed when he met a boy escaping M-16 gang leaders in El Salvador; Heba, a Syrian refugee who wants to forget the day the tanks rolled into her village; Marjorie, who grappled with disturbing feelings of racial bias lurking within her during the George Zimmerman trial; and Vicki, whose family was torn apart by those who voted for Trump and those who did not. They wrote to Obama out of gratitude and desperation, in their darkest times of need, in search of connection. They wrote with anger and respect. And together, this chorus of voices achieves a kind of beautiful harmony: here is a diary of a nation. To Obama is an intimate look at one man's relationship to the American people, and the the intersection of politics and empathy in the White House"--… (mais)
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Título:To Obama: With Love, Joy, Anger, and Hope
Autores:Jeanne Marie Laskas (Autor)
Informação:Random House (2018), 416 pages
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The concept of writing to your country's leader and actually getting a response was powerful. Such a correspondence really endeared me to the person who was President. The book however, was rather boring. There were many letters that illuminated people's lives in a way that nothing else could and that was really insightful. Not so much Obama's answers. But the mere fact he reached out and made time in his day for these mundane messages was a valuable legacy in what a president could be for the people. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Jul 27, 2021 |
I loved the letters but wasn’t to keen on the narrative ( )
  karenshann | Dec 31, 2019 |
I gobbled this book up! The act of letter writing is so powerful and this book does an amazing job highlighting the importance of everyday Americans who sat down to write or type a letter to Barack Obama while he was in office. While president, Obama averaged 10,000 letters a day, and employees in the correspondence office would select ten letters for Obama to read at the end of every day. The letters weren't all positive; some were critical, some had suggestions, some were from from kids, some wanted to see something to get done, but they were all powerful. Some of the letters moved me to tears or made me laugh out loud. Some were even so elegant it made me jealous of the author's writing prowess. Author, Laskas includes a sampling of letters and in between, her chapters highlight how the correspondence office operated, the back story/interviews conducted with some of the letter writers, and some wonderful insight on how and why the letters that Obama received helped him shape policy and speeches and how they were truly representative of the American people. It's a wonderful book. ( )
  ecataldi | Jun 10, 2019 |
Thank you Tara Taunt for gifting me this book for Christmas! This is a fascinating piece of history, government, Obama biography and study of the humanity. Many of the letters are very difficult to read. The business of receiving, filtering for reply and selecting for the President and for the responses was a fascinating insight to governance that cares, governance that was a diligent effort to govern with fairness, an open approach, and intelligence. Barack Obama will go down as one of our greatest but the people he engaged for his journey through his direct service to US are a big part of his magic, his mission, his legacy. ( )
  DonaldPowell | Feb 5, 2019 |
Thought this would be more insightful as to his thinking, but his responses seem more politically worded (of course) than truly to come from his heart. The writers were more interesting than his responses. One forgets how we were affected by no insurance, no jobs, and the economy when Obama began. Something to remember today. I din't finish it. ( )
  EllenH | Dec 17, 2018 |
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"Every evening for 8 years, at his request, President Obama received a binder containing ten handpicked letters from ordinary American citizens -- the unfiltered voice of a nation -- from his Office of Presidential Correspondence. He was the first to President to save constituent mail, and this is the story of how those letters affected not only the President and his policies, but also the deeply committed people who were tasked with opening the millions of pleas, rants, thank yous, and apologies that landed in the White House mailroom. Based on the popular New York Times article, 'To Obama,' Laskas now interviews the letter writers themselves and the White House staff who sifted through the powerful, moving, and incredibly intimate narrative of America during the Obama years emerges: There is Kelli, who saw her grandfathers finally marry -- legally -- after 35 years together; Bill, a lifelong Republican whose attitude toward immigration reform was transformed when he met a boy escaping M-16 gang leaders in El Salvador; Heba, a Syrian refugee who wants to forget the day the tanks rolled into her village; Marjorie, who grappled with disturbing feelings of racial bias lurking within her during the George Zimmerman trial; and Vicki, whose family was torn apart by those who voted for Trump and those who did not. They wrote to Obama out of gratitude and desperation, in their darkest times of need, in search of connection. They wrote with anger and respect. And together, this chorus of voices achieves a kind of beautiful harmony: here is a diary of a nation. To Obama is an intimate look at one man's relationship to the American people, and the the intersection of politics and empathy in the White House"--

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