To Obama: With Love, Joy, Hate and Despair
|To Obama: With Love, Joy, Hate and Despair
Jeanne Marie Laskas
One of the most important politics books of the year, To Obama is a record of a time when politics intersected with empathy.
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.
Reviews, News & Interviews:
A moving and inevitably nostalgic or even elegiac read, redolent of the human grace and statesmanship of the Obama presidency, … A beautifully researched and written book. Observer
[A] startling, delicate and immensely readable story ... Another poignant reminder of what once was. Telegraph
It's inspirational, it's frustrating, it's angry, it's grateful, it's resilient. Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama,
Alternately heart-breaking and hopeful, angry and questioning – the empathetic, often poetic, polar opposite of the Trump twitter feed. Vogue