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“Obama was both completely inexperienced and ideologically far to the left of most Americans when he entered the White House,” says Klein. “And he was so arrogant that he didn’t even know what he didn’t know.”
Klein, who is known for getting the inside scoop on everyone from the Kennedys to the Clintons, reveals never before published details about the Obama administration’s political inner workings, as well as Barack and Michelle’s personal lives, including the inordinate influence Michelle wields over Barack and her feud with a high profile celebrity; the real reason Rahm Emanuel left the White House (it wasn’t for family reasons); why Valerie Jarrett’s role is closer to that of Rasputin than impartial senior advisor; how Obama has purposefully forgotten and ignored those who put him in power, including the Kennedys and the Jewish and African American communities in Chicago.
From Obama’s conceited and detached demeanor, to his detrimental reliance on Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett’s advice, to the Obamas’ extravagant and out of touch lifestyle, The Amateur reveals a president whose ignorance and incompetence are sabotaging himself, his presidency, and America.
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By Daryl on 07-08-13
And yet, he was re-elected.....
This is not a scholarly work, nor is it possible to substantiate some of the claims that this book makes. However, if even part of this book is true, then it does not bode well for America that he is still in power.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
By rlovegreen on 05-17-12
Interesting, revealing and a little - scary...
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I have read mixed reviews of the author's other works so I listened with a skeptical ear. However I was immediately drawn into the story and enjoyed it very much. It promises to tell us about a man we know little about other than his carefully manicured public image. People on the right will have their suspicions confirmed. People on the left will dismiss it out of hand. I thought it was a good read, if a little unbelievable. That being said, if just 10% of this book is true, we are in big trouble. Recommended for political junkies.
51 of 69 people found this review helpful
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By Judy Corstjens on 06-12-12
I think he really doesn't like Obama
Of course, as a European, criticism based on Obama wanting to make the USA like some crazy socialist European state with a working national health insurance system, takes me a moment to decipher. I can understand the poor chap's frustration with a liberal media treating Obama's election like the second coming, but I got a bit tired of his polemic style, which never really managed to land killer blows on his object.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By paul walukiewicz on 05-10-18
I will be returning this book
Despite not being American, I have always had a fascination with American Political History. I have always appreciated and admired some of the thought provoking, sober and skillful analysis of experienced long time Political Journalists regardless of the for/against view regarding certain political figures. This is certainly none of that. The Amateur should include the writer...it is truly mind blowing that this calibre of writing earns a Post at the NY Times. There are several things that are immediately clear: this book was commissioned by the Clinton's, it reads like a cross between a petty 80's teenage girls gossip magazine and the National Inquirer ('he said he was ''really happy'' but 'like' it was clear from how he said 'bye' he really meant...he hated the world'....no seriously..this is how poorly this book is written)...There are probably some interesting themes that could have been developed...unfortunately all are totally undermined by the lack of any evidence of basic competent research or willing by the author to do this...what an absolute stinker!!!