Sunday, May 11, 2014

Review: Obama Confidential by Marc Berlin

In this outrageous collection of "letters" to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, we're offered a startling inside look at what's on the minds of Americans today. From celebrities as diverse as Warren Buffett, Bill Clinton, and Steven Spielberg, to anonymous everyday citizens like the minimum-wage waitress in Oklahoma and a dry cleaner named Al Kayda in Wisconsin, Obama hears it, and gets it, from everyone. And when you're the president, absolutely no subject is off-limits. An ex-student in Illinois is drowning in an ocean of debt; a harried housewife in Wyoming has dubious ideas about how to save hard-earned pennies; while a gun owner in Tennessee vigorously defends his right to bear arms. Even a Harvard classmate re-appears, with a not-so-subtle demand for money. Obama, who's obviously a very busy man, sometimes answers with a brief innocuous letter of his own. Echoing another classic of U.S. history, Alexis de Tocqueville's 'Democracy In America', 'Obama Confidential' offers a vivid, consistently amusing snapshot of America in the second decade of the 21st century, with hilarious results.

Received for review.

At first glance this appears to be a real collection of letters from citizens to President Obama but it's not.  The letters are all made up by the author.  Which is amusing, but sort of takes away from what you would think the book would be.

As fake letters they are reasonably amusing and the President's "replies" are a nice touch.  The captioned photos throughout don't add a whole lot to the letters but do provide a break from the letters.  Thankfully this is a fast read, otherwise it would quickly become annoying.

Overall, this was mildly amusing at best, but probably not what one would expect from reading the cover description.

★★☆☆ = Liked It

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