The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party

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The dramatic tale of a pivotal period in the Obama presidency, from the game-changing 2010 midterm elections to the beginning of the critical 2012 campaign season--a tumultuous time that tested the president as never before and set the stage for a titanic clash over the future of the nation. After Barack Obama's first two years as president--during which he navigated the United States through its severest economic crisis since the Great Depression while managing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq--he was faced with a bitterly divided nation and an emboldened political opposition dedicated to impeding his presidency. What followed was a year of political crises and fierce battles that would transform Obama and profoundly shape the terrain for the next election. Here, political journalist David Corn chronicles and examines this crucial time in the Obama presidency and its impact on the nation's future.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, ©2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062107992
Branch Call Number: 973.932092 C812s 2012
Characteristics: 420 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Sep 29, 2013

A commenter says: "The book describes Obama's goals and strategies and all of his victories for the middle-class." Huh? Everything Obama has done in office continues the ongoing destruction of any possible middle class in America, today and in the far future. And afer his reelection he is pushing for the passage of the final nails in the coffin: the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) and TransAtlantic Free Trade Area (TAFTA). Corn supports the status quo in all his writing (and certainly tosses out the phrase "conspiracy theory" whenever anyone disagrees with his pablum) and this is yet another book which proves that.

Apr 28, 2012

I am reminded of the exhaustion I felt after watching the film "Deliverance". So much had happened; it was amazing anyone was still alive. Obama's first term was filled to overflowing with problems and crises; he remained standing, thankfully. The author of this book gives us a detailed accounting of these years since 2008, however I have to admit that I took everything with a grain of salt because of his cavalier attitude about sources. Throughout the book, he used quotations without listing a source. I counted 156 times when he quoted an anonymous person. I was in a quandry - how do I know if these quotes are legit? Maybe he just added them to give more energy & spice to his narrative. How do I know what is true? This is a serious failing of this book.

voisjoe1 Apr 21, 2012

An excellent summary of the struggles of the middle part of Obama's 1st term as he has had one "Showdown" after another against Mitch McConnell, Eric Cantor, and John Boehner. The book describes Obama's goals and strategies and all of his victories for the middle-class. Shortly after this book came out, another book has revealed that the Republicans met within a day of the inauguration and decided to just obstruct Obama every step of the way. The Republicans have confirmed that book by filibustering every proposal made by Obama. The number one goal of the Republicans has been to limit Obama to one term, regardless of the effect their actions have on the economy of the United States. And they are so bold as to blame Obama for every unpassed bill that they refuse to even let the Senate vote upon.


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