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The Great Obama-Oprah Feud,
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This review is from: The Amateur (Hardcover)
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.
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Initial post: May 18, 2012 8:05:16 AM PDT
"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."
Now that he's stated he lied to the Rev. Wright during at least one of his interviews with him, will your opinion change?
I'm going with "Probably not."
In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 11:07:32 AM PDT
Robert Polaneczky says:
What I find funny is that Obama thought it was necessary to try and bribe the Reverend just like Clintron thought it was necessary to lie on TV about Monica
Teddy Kennedy could have told both of them democrat voters don't care ( as proved in the Mary Joe drowning )
In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 8:01:39 PM PDT
"Now that he's stated he lied to the Rev. Wright during at least one of his interviews with him, will your opinion change?"
Why should it?
Did the author force Wright to say anything?
Do you really think Klein is the first journalist/author to get an interview under false pretenses?
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Armando A. Gomez says:
To Mr. Hollister:
"But if he and his wife can't get along with Oprah"
Very good, Hollister. This is the pivotal tuning point we should be focusing on, those unfolding events that'll shape the destiny of America: What Oprah Thinks. This what preoccupys the sophisticated conservative readership. Now we know why Ed Klein is such a success: follow Obama's kindergarten fingerpainting records and then you'll know if our natiion is hanging in the balance or not.
In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2012 8:14:19 AM PDT
George Alos Jr. says:
Hollister, no matter what you think of Klein, it doesn't change the recorded information that his sources provided. Every law enforcement agency, intelligence agency, and investigative reporter use tactics to gain the confidence of those with information. The only people who don't think this is a legit tactic are liberals... and only then when the information released about them is embarrassing or politically devastating.
Posted on May 29, 2012 3:36:26 PM PDT
Audrey Ihrig says:
Hollisters negatives versus his positives are running ten to one. Such a strong negative showing indicates that Hollister is alienating more people then he is convincing people.
Posted on May 31, 2012 6:16:39 PM PDT
I love the title also. Haven't read it yet but have it ordered through my library. The "amateur" is very fitting. One of my personal favorites is also "the adolescent".