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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; English Language edition (June 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316074357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316074353
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,076,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description
When Obama stated that if elected, he would keep his Blackberry, debate echoed through Washington and among the ranks of the Secret Service. What would it be like to have a president who could Twitter, send text messages, and navigate the web with ease? What would it be like to receive a text message from inside the Oval Office and, most importantly, what would it say?

Now, for the first time, We The People are privy to our new leader's epistolary back-and-forths on his wily hand-held device. We're about to discover that his emails (and the replies, from his wife and daughters, Biden, Palen, Rush, Hannity, the new first puppy, and even Bush) are so tuned in to the language of electronic correspondence they come hilariously close to the brink of legibility.

This giftable, imagined glimpse into Obama's beloved Blackberry traverses the mundane and momentous contours of the Commander in Chief's life, from security briefings to spam, basketball practice to domestic bliss, and the panic of oops-I-hit-reply-all, to, of course, the trauma of dealing with the First Mother In Law.


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Praise for SKYMAUL:
"Fiendishly funny."--San Francisco Chronicle
"The funniest thing you read this year."--NPR's Markeplace
"The perfect send-up."--Salon.com
"A hilarious and wildly inventive spoof."--Time Out NY
A "smart, warped spoof."--Austin Chronicle
"The D.U.I mask really works!"--David Foster Wallace
"You will laugh yourself sad."--Patton Oswalt
"Madly funny, full of wild invention."--George Saunders

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This book was very entertaining and funny.
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My only complaint is that it is too short...I read it twice in one night!
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Well here is a little book you can read to get away from all that.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Kaplan on May 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Judge this book by its cover. The text-speak between BarackO and BidenMyTime, WildBill, FirstLady2U and (my favorite) Woof.Killa@ChristUBetcha.gov (guess who that is) are as funny as anything you'll see on the Daily Show. I read it cover to cover and back again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary P on July 7, 2009
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I think most of us right or left are tired of the programs that tell you if you don't hate the other party the world will end tomorrow. You can't give in because the other side is out to destroy the world. Well here is a little book you can read to get away from all that. It pokes fun at the people in politics and lets you know that it really isn't all that serious.

The book has pictures of blackberry conversations with different people and the president and they are funny. They have even gone to the extent of thinking up cute screen names for everyone. The president is BarackO, The Vice President is BidenMyTime, the First Lady is FirstLady2U and Bill Clinton is WildBill. There are many others.

This book takes stereotypes to the extreme and will give both sides a good laugh. It's pricy for such a small book but it is a great coffee table or bathroom book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason VINE VOICE on July 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Composed of text messages, emails, and Facebook updates, Obama's Blackberry chronicles the craziness that the Commander in Chief must have to deal with on a daily basis. From the Secret Service tracking him from room to room in the White House, to Biden (BidenMyTime) coming off as a complete idiot who requests to leave early from work and asks, "how does MySpace work," the inner-circle crowd is exposed brilliantly.

The past two Presidents communicate several times, with specific references to the public's perception of their acumen, or lack thereof. Bill Clinton, the womanizing slickster he has always been, sending Obama links that read like spam: HotGirlsIntoxicatedbyPowerinYourZipCode.com, but getting past the email filter by including something about foreign policy. Not only that, but his sinister attempts at getting time alone without Hillary are equally hilarious. My favorite interaction is between Obama and Bush, with the current President asking the former what the password to the computer in the Oval Office is. After a brief exchange, and a check to see if the line is secure, Bush - as BushWhackin' - delivers the hilarious password.

Other great tidbits: Chairman of the Fed, Ben Bernanke, gets painted as a imbecile, inconspicuously asking Obama about "compound" interest, and when met with astonishment, redirecting the question BidenMyTime (intercepted and forwarded to Obama by the Secret Service). Arnold Schwarzenegger wanting to go in after Bin Laden as if the current terrorism climate were as easy as a plot to his movie Commando. Abe Lincoln talking about how great heaven is, and "scoring" all over the place. Sarah Palin (Woof.Killa@ChristUBetcha.gov) getting tricked by the ubiquitous financial scam from the "Nigerian Princess.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on July 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book was short and sweet. I took me less than an hour from cover to cover...

It was entertaining, it made me laugh a few times. I could only picture some of the people (which makes me realize I need to brush up on current events) but the ones I could made reading these messages even better.

I think my favorites were the 3rd one and the last one!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tracy L Karol on July 2, 2009
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I have been eagerly awaiting the Kindle release of this book ever since I read an excerpt. My only complaint is that it is too short...I read it twice in one night! But I knew when I bought it that it would be a quick read and I have no doubt I will revisit it many more times in the future.

No one is really spared from the authors' biting humor here, though Obama's political picks take most of the heat...especially the financial guys who don't know what compound interest is. Biden is a classic dimwit and even Sean Penn and other celebs make appearances. The Republicans aren't spared either...Dick Cheney will have you in stitches. A must read for anyone who enjoys political humor. Other countries even come out to play. A bit pricey for the lenghth, but you will read it more than once so well worth it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Becky at "One Literature Nut" VINE VOICE on June 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As a short, coffee-table style book, this comic take on Obama's communication was hilarious in a lot of politically savvy sort of ways. If you didn't know who some of the characters were in the book, you wouldn't understand completely why they were so funny, but it still could make you giggle. Not that I completely understood who all of the people were, but I laughed at some references, such as to Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh. I also laughed really hard at a forward from Sarah Palin to the president, along with a funny email communication about a Tickle Me Elmo. They are obviously satirizing many situations and people in our current political climate, and I found it to be really light, easy, and fun to read!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Florida Walkman on June 5, 2009
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It is just funny! Each page tops the one before it, some are funny only because a previous 'text' set up that page's joke. The jokes build as the book goes on.

A reviewer said that the book is not tough enough on the president, but it gets in plenty of jabs at the geek-in-chief.
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