on May 22, 2012
Those who think Obama walks on water and have their minds made up will not like this book. Those who think Obama is the devil will love it, but have probably heard all the stories already anyway. For those who fall in between, I think the book is worth reading. Yes, it's slanted, but if you read beyond that you'll come away with some insights into this president and his administration. The first chapters are the most incendiary and the least informative since they rehash old stuff. But the second half gets into some behind the scenes stuff that's worth knowing. What disturbs me most is how far in over his head Obama is and how he surrounds himself with people who feed his ego and/or protect him rather than providing him with a broad understanding of the issues. He is a politician not a leader and I find that both sad and frightening.
on May 21, 2012
I bought Edward Klein's The Amateur the day it came out; the day Klein revealed on Sean Hannity's radio show that he had audio tapes of the pastor that Obama threw under the bus, Jeremiah Wright, stating that in 2008 Obama crony Eric Whitaker had offered him $150K to keep his mouth shut until after the election. Contrary to the naysayers of Klein's previous exposé on Hillary Clinton, critics' ad hominem attacks on Klein regarding The Amateur this time are ringing false, as the Top Ten slot on Amazon's best seller list shows. Klein names names, interviewing over two hundred people for the book, including Obama's two-decades-long former doctor, who makes the claim that Obama is basically a hollow shell, with no real emotion, and no connection to people. Klein "has the goods," so to speak: in regard to the Eric Whitaker bribery, it is not merely a hidden microphone that caught Wright stating this. It is within an open, 3 1/2 hour interview, where Wright not only states he was bribed, but has the email to prove it. Wright makes other statements, such as Obama's Muslim background, his fickle belief in Christianity, and his two-decades-long allegiance to Trinity United Church of Christ for purely political reasons.
I downloaded the book to my Kindle within hours of its release, and read it over a day and a half period, only pausing to sleep. Probably the two most enjoyable-to-read revelations are that 1. Bill Clinton urged Hillary to challenge Obama in 2012. 2. The Kennedy clan despise Obama, despite deceased Ted Kennedy's tireless support of the Community Organizer-in-Chief.
An anecdote is described where Bill and Hillary Clinton are having an argument that took place over several days (a screaming match actually, with a dozen people present); that, because Obama had basically destroyed the economy, caused the downgrade of the U.S.'s credit rating for the first time in history, etc., etc.; that Obama was, according to Bill Clinton, an "Amateur" (this is the source of the title of the book); that Hillary needed to challenge Obama in 2012 in order to save the country from sliding off the cliff.
The Kennedy clan anecdote is jaw-dropping. All of the Kennedy clan (save Robert Kennedy, Jr.) had stood behind Obama in 2008. But after Obama's coronation and repeated miffs by the First Family: 1. The Obamas ignored an invitation to the Kennedy Compound while vacation at Martha's Vineyard. 2. Michelle Obama treated Caroline Kennedy (daughter of JFK) like hired help while at the White House, shaking her hand coldly, taking a quick photo, and making a quick exit--after these and other miffs the Kennedy royalty at a pow wow had had enough (at one point Robert Kennedy, Jr. shattered a glass in his hand) and got the message from the Obamas loud and clear: rich people are evil, and wanted no more to do with the former community organizers.
Contrary to Obama's 'Attack Watch' claim of the book being totally discredited (whereby they don't actually reference anything in the book, but simply go on an ad hominem attack), the book is meticulously researched and at the same time highly readable. It is at the time of this writing #9 on Amazon's bestseller list, and hopefully it will reach #1, whereby at that point the majority of Americans will have read about the current "Amateur" in office being completely unqualified for the job; and realize that when a person is unqualified for a job, are incompetent, that the only remedy is either resignation or being fired.
I vote for being fired.
In the eastern-most part of the Midwest (Kentucky) of the USA there was once a famous feud between two clans of mountain folks called the Hatfield's and McCoys. The leader of the Hatfield's was named "Devil Anse Hatfield." The feud described in this book was between fellow Chicagoans Oprah Winfrey and the First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, although Oprah was probably unexpectedly blindsided by the behind-the-scenes attacks by the very women she helped get into the White House. Rather than a war between two midwestern families this particular battle might be better described as a catfight since it only involved the women folks but it did remind the reader of that other famous Midwestern feud.
After one of the world's richest and most popular women, Oprah Winfrey decided to help out a relatively unknown candidate for President named Barack Obama, she was credited with providing him with more than a million votes. The popularity of her own national television program suffered greatly from this political position, but her candidate and friend Barack won.
But once the Obama's were in the White House several jealous staff members of Michelle Obama quickly grew to detest the influence they felt Oprah was exercising on the President. Soon, Oprah was frozen out of the White House by a jealous wife.
This tale of political intrigue and fighting within the Obama White House is only one of the fascinating stories reported in this excellent peek into the Obama administration provided by author Edward Klein.
In five major sections containing a total of 22 chapters with titles such as "The Dark Side of Obama"(Introduction), "As Bill Sees It"(Prologue), "Hollow at the Core, You Keep Out of This, Drinking the Obama Kool-Aid, Bungler-in-chief, Clark Kent, Valerie v Rahm, The Wrath of Michelle, Oprah's Sacrifice, Snubbing Caroline, The Jewish Problem with Obama, Mind-Meld, The Rise of the Humanitarian Vulcans, The Search for the Real Obama" and "The Low Road" the author shines a spot light on the most mysterious and little known or understood President of the USA.
Chapter 5 is entitled "The Man Who Prepared Obama For The Presidency." It's about Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Like much of the material in the book it has been labeled lies and fiction by many of the Obama spin-doctors in the media. However, the author recorded his three and a half hour interview with Reverend Wright. The controversial parts of the interview have been running on the Fox News Channel this week. Wright really does say the things reported in Klein's book. Since Klein recorded most of these 200 interviews for the book, it's a good bet he can back up the information he has written in this expose.
In addition to actual quotes galore, the tales described in this book make perfect sense. They back up what the general public has witnessed on the nightly news, but not been able to explain such as the obvious brush off of Oprah. "According to sources for this book, Oprah told Gayle King that she felt like getting Michelle on the phone and really letting her have it. Oprah raged: `Michelle hates fat people and doesn't want me waddling around the White House.'"
Michelle "still believes Oprah has been getting too close to Hillary, whom Michelle calls a snake."
While much of this review has focused on the Obama-Oprah Feud, that's not the most important part of this book. Its just good gossip. Although it does point out how much influence Michelle exercises over her husband, public policy and she shares his redistribution of wealth and power theories.The other sections of the volume are much more enlightening and scary. The title of the book, by the way, comes from Bill Clinton. "Barack Obama," said Bill Clinton, "is an amateur!"
That's one of the nicer nicknames for Obama. The author has collected many that are much worse. As he writes, "I chose to launch my investigation in Chicago, where Obama first donned his disguise as an ideological wolf in sheep's clothing." In another reported outburst by Clinton regarding Obama, "Obama doesn't know how to be president. He doesn't know how the world works. He's incompetent. He's...he's..."
This is an unexpected page-turner.
on May 13, 2012
Since the 2008 campaign season, books critical of Obama examine the fruits of his policies, in varying degree, and tend to fall into one of three divisions:
1. Highlighting of Obama's extremism, and his various coteries of like-minded extremists;
2. Attempts to lay bare the interior Obama, and understand his motivations;
3. Logically flawed, and emotionally driven.
Remarkably, Edward Klein has combined the above first two items along with the words and opinions of many principal, and lesser, actors from the world of Obama.
Surprisingly, in relatively few pages (258 of them, and widely spaced), and in the fourth year of Obama's reign, Klein clearly demonstrates the failure of Obama as President--and his inability to learn from his failures; Obama's incompetence and intellectual one-dimensionality are simply stunning.
Interestingly revelatory, are the words of the people Klein interviewed: Democrats, Republicans, friends, past and present supporters of Obama. The racist opportunist and talented hater, Jeremiah Wright, actually comes across as highly intelligent and sympathetic when discussing the younger Obama, and the volatile period during and after the 2008 campaign.
Superficially, Klein's detractors might see this book as a scholar's compendium of modern political gossip. In fact, Klein is analytical and highly perceptive in examining Obama's record. The words of those interviewed expose the reader to insights about Obama that are certain to enlighten--and occasionally entertain.
You hear it once - okay. You hear it twice - you listen; you hear and read it many, many times from the mouths of not only right-leaners, but from his old Chicago buddies, Rev. Wright, members of his own team, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle - how many times do we have to hear and read it enunciated before we believe it?? The president gives a good speech and is a master campaigner - but he does not know how to really connect with the people and convince them that he honestly cares about all of us and how his programs impact our lives. We've got a president who cannot "own" his mistakes (of which there are many) - and his view of how our country should work is way off the path of our guiding principles of individual freedom and personal responsibility. I very much fear how big a hole this man can dig for our country if he has four more years to work on it.
The 200 plus folks who were interviewed by Klein for this book used the same phrases over and over: Haughty, arrogant, aloof, personally disconnected, only interested in listening to his own voice, only interested in hearing from those who agree with him, etc. He doesn't know how to lead, he doesn't know how to manage - he's had no experience running a large company and employees, etc. The sheer volume of consistent observations should give cause for concern.
One thing was very upsetting - his aversion to using the phone to call people - just to chat, for advice, to console, to assure, etc., etc. All the past presidents have called each other - reached out for counsel and advice - or just called to acknowledge that being president is one tough job. Not Obama - he doesn't need anybody's help - so he blunders his way through, very rarely admitting that he botched something. And, what kind of a friend asks for help when he's trying to climb the ladder, and then doesn't take the time to thank those who made his success possible?
I know this book is being dismissed as "cyber-babble" - but I think that everyone who is mature enough to believe that there are two sides to every story should read this book. Don't be content to just "drink the koolade" of one side or the other. This election coming up is too important to just join one camp because you've always voted one way or the other. This book will add information you need to make an educated decision about what is important to you and your family - and who is the man who most clearly represents your views.
This is a quick read -it moves right along and makes you think!
on May 19, 2012
I have not read an assessment of an American President since Lyndon Johnson. Klein's interview with Jeremiah Wright convinced me to read The Amateur. It was an easy read. I was a bit surprised that it was not a hatchet job on the President with a lot of unfounded accusations, but a reasonably presented collection of statements and beliefs of many people, both friends and foes. The book filled in details of many things I was aware of or suspected, but didn't expose anything I did not already believe about our President.
Those who love the President will trash the book and the author. Those who love the Constitution and limited government will appreciate confirmation of their views about the President and concern about the future of America.
on May 25, 2012
This book arrived yesterday and I finished reading it last night. I usually take a week or two to read a book like this, but it was a real page-turner (the cliche: I couldn't put it down). Klein's writing style made it seem that I was reading an extended newspaper or magazine article.
I already felt that President Barack Obama was ridiculously unqualified and had terrible policy ideas, and this book only confirms that belief, as well as shares that many people close to President Obama feel that way too. "The Amateur" outlines President Obama's connections to Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Obama's ego, a different image of First Lady Michelle Obama, the scary authority given to Valerie Jarrett, a misunderstanding of the economy, and a complete lack of understanding how the world works.
Edward Klein performed nearly 100 interviews for this book and cited many other works for his research. While President Obama continues to display how much an amateur he is, Klein certainly radiates professionalism.
I highly recommend this book to anyone with any interest in the Obama Administration, especially anyone who is in search of new leadership (whether you feel that it should be Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Hillary Clinton, or Uncommitted).
The only thing missing from this book was more insight of how the world sees this president as a failure as well. I took the following from the Williamsport Tea Party website and wanted to close my review with it:
This quote was translated into English from an article appearing in the Czech Republic as published in the Prager Zeitung of April 28 2011.
"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting an inexperienced man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of Idiots such as those who made him their president."
on May 13, 2012
So after believing all the Obama hype, like ALOT of people I had buyers remorse. I didn't know what to believe with most news today slanted one way or another without any real substantive reporting. This book not only sheds light on Obama, but does so with references and appears both well researched and well written. Its also one of those books I was not able to put down. Whether your an Obama lover, hater or undecided you should read this book before the 2012 presidential election!!
Edward Klein has performed a wonderful service for the American voter. Obama has been so reluctant to let anyone know his true history that, unfortunately, it takes a persistent and courageous intellect like Klein to do the work for all of us. We owe him a debt.
With Barack Obama, you automatically get called a "racist" if you disagree with him, or notice any of his abundance of flaws. Anyone using such names, in my opinion, are simply projecting their own racism onto the individuals they are accusing of it. Many of us knew before he was elected the first time that Obama was not ready to be President (he even questioned this himself), and that his politics were on the far left. He has confirmed all of this in the last three years. Pointing this out is clear thinking, not racism.
Competence has nothing to do with race. There are light-skinned morons and dark-skinned geniuses and vice versa. It is not one's skin color which defines anyone, it is their mind and their character. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated it as well as anyone. He wanted his children judged, "not by the color or their skin", but by their "character." Character is an individual trait, not a group trait. It doesn't matter what skin color Obama is; it matters whether or not he is a competent President.
I would encourage you to buy this book and discover for yourself if Obama is a competent President. Mr. Klein is very convincing - as is Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
on May 22, 2012
To the best of my knowledge, no sitting president has had more books written about him in his first (and, if
The Amateur has anything to say about it, his only) term in office. And none has so succinctly, yet completely dealt with its subject. The Amateur is both enlightening and entertaining; it is so well written that it just sweeps you along, making it almost impossible to put down. I am both a political activist and a prodigious reader; on both scores The Amateur ranks as one of the best books that I have ever read. It is Obama in a nutshell, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to any one who both loves reading and America. Ken Eliasberg