To Obama: A Diary of a Nation Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
President Barack Obama received 10,000 letters a day from his constituents. This is the story of the private and profound relationship with letter writers that shaped his presidency. Their voices combine to reveal a diary of a nation.
Every evening for eight years, at his request, President Obama was given 10 handpicked letters written by ordinary American citizens - the unfiltered voice of a nation - from his Office of Presidential Correspondence. He was the first president to interact daily with constituent mail and to archive it in its entirety. The letters affected not only the president and his policies but also the deeply committed people who were tasked with opening and reading the millions of pleas, rants, thank-yous, and apologies that landed in the White House mailroom.
In To Obama, Jeanne Marie Laskas interviews President Obama, 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: There is Kelli, who saw her grandfathers finally marry - legally - after thirty-five years together; Bill, a lifelong Republican whose attitude toward immigration reform was transformed when he met a boy escaping MS-13 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, fear, and respect. And together, this chorus of voices achieves a kind of beautiful harmony. To Obama is an intimate look at one man’s relationship to the American people, and at a time when empathy intersected with politics in the White House.
Full list of narrators includes: Macleod Andrews, Paula Christensen, Michael Crouch, Donna Coltharp, Sheryl Cousineau, Shane Darby, Ramon De Ocampo, Robert Fass, Lauren Fortang, Kyla Garcia, Heba Hallak, Marnie Hazelton, Lacey Higley, Tom Hoefner, Hillary Huber, Bobby Ingram, Marjorie McKinney, Thomas Meehan, Bob Melton, Alex Myteberi, Adenrele Ojo, Bill Oliver, Christine Reisman, Tara Sands, Vicki Shearer, Marc Thompson, and Emily Woo Zeller.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 21 minutes|
|Author||Jeanne Marie Laskas|
|Narrator||Jeanne Marie Laskas, Sullivan Jones, MacLeod Andrews, Paula Christensen, Michael Crouch, Ramón de Ocampo, Robert Fass, Lauren Fortgang, Kyla Garcia, Hillary Huber, Adenrele Ojo, Tara Sands, Marc Thompson, Various|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 18, 2018|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #192,393 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#87 in Literary Memoirs, Diaries & Correspondence
#682 in Biographies of Presidents & Heads of State (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,245 in Literary Letters
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It's a waste of money.
It did make me feel better to see a POTUS who can effortlessly dash off notes that are grammatically correct with no spelling errors.
I have been reading it gradually, savoring every letter - the good, the bad and the ugly.
Jeanne Marie Laskas has written a remarkable book, filled not only with copies of some letters and responses, but with interviews with some of the letter writers, White House staff members, and President Obama himself. To Obama made me laugh, cry, think, and the Epilogue made me sob uncontrollably. If you're gonna read ONE nonfiction book this year, and you haven't read this yet, please add it to your TBR pile. To Obama is fast, phenomenal, and worth the box of tissues.
And I can appreciate all his Words: Surprises and
Amazing’.. So open and intuitive about his personal
Experiences ; A Breath of Fresh Air!!!! I can feel his
Loyalty and kindness toward our country and ALL
Our Citizens.... His intellectual abilities as well as his focus for DOING Better for all was something ,
I Already knew about him... My heart and soul was
Grateful for his presence as a President and a
Person.... Yes, No matter what subject was , Thrown
At you, Done with Grace and Respect... I have
Always hoped that others’ would have returned
It??? So many Inequities, yet many miracles...
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I am an avid letter writer and absolutely loved this book. I hadn't realised how many letters the President receives on a daily basis, nor how many people are specifically employed to deal with the mail; and how seriously they take their job, with compassion and understanding.
Reading through the letters feels like a privilege and it gives you a deeper understanding of the personal characteristics of President Obama and American society in relation to the office of the President.
I would highly recommend.
A must read
In charity, I'll guess somehow there was no book designer of any experience, talent or self-respect on this publication.
The reproduction of the letters on the pages are an insult.
They are an insult to the correspondents, they abuse The White House, they regard the reader with contempt.
These letters, every last one of them was an act of citizenship. Each of these letters is a labour of love.
It causes agitation in one's breast that those responsible for this book meet their responsibility to the body politic with such scant seriousness.
Letters are meant to induce thought. The distraction wrought by this presentation is so grave as to be beyond words.
It is a pity.
This was a fine work