The Obamas

  • by Jodi Kantor
  • Narrated by Robin Miles
  • 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, he also won a long-running debate with his wife, Michelle. Contrary to her fears, politics now seemed like a worthwhile, even noble pursuit. Together they planned a White House life that would be as normal and sane as possible. Then they moved in.
In The Obamas, Jodi Kantor takes us deep inside the White House as they try to grapple with their new roles, change the country, raise children, maintain friendships, and figure out what it means to be the first black President and First Lady.
Filled with riveting detail and insight into their partnership, emotions, and personalities, and written with a keen eye for the ironies of public life, The Obamas is an intimate portrait that will surprise even listeners who thought they knew the President and First Lady.


What the Critics Say

"In lesser hands The Obamas would be an act of astonishing overreach, but Ms. Kantor, who covered the Obamas for The New York Times during the 2008 presidential campaign, and is currently a Washington correspondent for the paper, has earned the voice of authority. A meticulous reporter, Ms. Kantor is attuned to the nuance of small gestures, the import of unspoken truths. She knows that every strong marriage, including the one now in the White House, has its complexities and its disappointments. Ms. Kantor also-and this is a key-has a high regard for women, which is why hers is the first book about the Obama presidency to give Michelle Obama her due. In the process we learn a great deal about the talented and introverted loner who married her, and how his wife has influenced him as a president." (Connie Schultz, New York Times)
"Energetically reported...Kantor nails her story....We political gluttons will lick the spoon clean." (David Remnick,The New Yorker)
"The stories are titillating, and you'll gulp them down like salted peanuts." (Entertainment Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great insight

This book is almost like a novel: young, smart idealistic couple from humble beginnings end up in the White House. If there is any criticism that comes through of the Obamas it is their naive view that if they just did good work, it would be enough. But no, every action must be second guessed through the fickle lens of a sensationalistic media and gullible public. This book provides a window into the Obamas as they learn to navigate the political side of the presidency. I thought Michelle Obama was portrayed as her husband's best advisor. I'm surprised that the news reports on this book seemed to suggest otherwise and I don't remember any discussion of how Rahm Emmanuel is portrayed. He definitely comes across poorly and I suspect accurately. I enjoyed this book and look forward to the Obamas own books on their lives in the White House.
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- Anthony

I am an Obama supporter and I loved it

I don't understand what all the hoopla is about. Understanding that Michelle Obama is the only other Professional First Lady, besides Hillary Clinton, I would not expect any other behavior from her. She needs to feel relevant and she is protective of her husband and her family. She has a different agenda than the rest of the people that surround the President. I find the reactions described absolutely natural, I did not find anything offensive so far. I am in the middle of the book.
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- Eugenia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-11-2012
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio