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Potus Goes to Washington Paperback – October 25, 2013
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T. Pascal is a father, husband, and writer who looks down from the heights of his ivory tower and contemplates the little people beneath him. He is a benevolent writer who believes in the competence of all his subjects, excepting those who recycle and/or enjoy a vegan diet.
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Potus, the Governor from Kansas has just won the election and has been chosen to be the next president of the USA. With his wife at his side he delivers his acceptance speech. His platform he ran on included getting rid of Daylight Savings Time, and to have as little to do with the Congress as possible, if not getting rid of them all together! Also one thing becomes exceedingly clear from the beginning-he hates the Paparazzi, and thinks they should all be locked up, and maybe turning the whole state of Texas into a penitentiary to accomplish this!
From the moment he steps up to deliver his acceptance speech and reading from the wrong paper in his pocket starts reading his defeat speech, to reading his correct speech, and stating no longer Kansas will be known as the Wizard of Oz state(getting tremendous boos for this!) the whole country knows that this is what they are in for -long term- chaos! He also refers to his campaign and the main issue being to be rid of Daylight Savings time as everyone is sick and tired of being sick and tired! That and vetoing any bill that comes to him from Congress.
The story then goes on to many crazy things such as fighting over the daily lunch menu, completely offending the maid who works for the White House, driving the Secretary of Defense crazy with his ideas of what the US should do to all its enemies.
One other comical thing is that whoever writes his speeches when he has to address the press always puts "My dear fellow Americans, and he says it every time instead of realizing that he should look before he speaks! There are so many funny occurrences that I found myself laughing long after I read this book and thought back on it. Especially the part when he always refers to the office being more important than the man filling it! Also when he states:
"It's time for those who want to participate in this great country to get down to the business of doing it. We are a great nation of doers. We are action-biased. The word "CAN is the last sound you hear when someone calls our country's great name. We are Ameri-CAN's, not Ameri-CANT's." and "If you don't want to work, how about we fire your ass and you're sent home? If you don't want to work for your slice of American pie, maybe you should stay home and complain on the Internet."
These are but a few examples of the craziness of Potus in this book. Along with the Secretary of State and the Chief of Staff and their affair, and a very important member of another country being killed during the fireworks! This book is awesome you will laugh, you will shake your head at some of the things that are written but above all a little inner voice inside you may say-it sounds crazy-but is it really?
I can't wait to read more by this author. It is well written and very well edited, unlike a lot of the Indie books that are written and not edited-it makes a big difference! This book has a lot of angst of all types, and do not try to predict anything happening in this book, it is too unpredictable and will keep you guessing!
I gave this book 5***** stars and look forward to reading more by this author!
I have been impressed with T. Pascal’s books on various poultry topics for many years and she has surpassed those efforts in this excellent guide on raising your own chicks from the egg.
Part 1: The Chicks focuses on the live chicks. This part includes chapters on acquiring chicks, setting up your brooder, managing water, feed and bedding, what to expect as the chicks grow, and hatchling health issues.
Part 2: The Eggs focuses on caring for hatching eggs and how to incubate them successfully. The chapters in this part introduce the broody hen, how to select an incubator, selecting and caring for eggs for hatching, operating an incubator, determining what went wrong, and how to identify different kinds of hatchlings.
What I like most about this book is the ease of finding information on various topics. I like the organization of the materials. The photographs are stunning and the clarity of both the photographs and the text makes it easy to understand what the author is describing, whether it is how to set up an incubator or how to identify a problem such as a disease condition. I especially liked the section about homemade brooders which talks about using whatever works. There are some interesting suggestions and some very creative ideas for using various tubs or other items to make a safe and useful brooder. Using and re-using whatever is at hand creatively is a long rural and farm tradition. It is refreshing to see advice that includes conserving materials or money or both. The frank discussion on feeders reveals the advantages and disadvantages of the various chick feeder styles.
The chart estimating total feed required to bring various poultry to six weeks of age allows a new poultry raiser to budget feed costs in their first endeavor.
The chapter on hatchling health issues clearly describes a healthy chick versus a chick with signs of illness. From the stance and movement of the chick, to the appearance of the droppings, early assessment may mean the difference between saving your fledgling flock and losing them. This section discusses issues in addition to disease which can affect whether you have a healthy happy brood of chicks or sickly chicks or even lose the group. Some of the things that a new raiser might not know, such as how too much medicated feed can cause death in waterfowl, or why not all anticoccidial medications work against all species of coccidia, are presented in a clear helpful way. In addition to identifying disease, and watching for incorrect use of feeds or medications, this helpful guide talks about how some conditions such as bent toes can be corrected if intervention happens at the right time and is done in the right way.
This is Gail’s most beautiful and informative book yet. I have already had to protect my copy from being ‘borrowed’ before I was done reading it. This is an excellent guide for those wanting to raise their own chick or for teaching youth about raising chicks. I plan to give a copy to the local 4H library since it is such an excellent resource.
As you know from reading the book synopsis, the author was the head speechwriter for Clinton and was with him for almost his entire Presidency. Unfortunately for me that fact seemed to mean that he was not really involved in any policy decision (I assumed that fact going into the book), but also that he did not share any gossip or good insight in how many decisions were made. I do not think there was anything detailed in the book that was not already spelled out in other books or in the papers. The laborious speech writing process Clinton used was interesting and the lack of organization of the early administration was expressed well.
Overall I found the book to be just average, nothing really new. I felt that best parts of the book dealt with the start of Monica issue and the impeachment process and how the speechwriting team just kept plugging away. If you are looking for a light book from a Clinton fan then this book will make you happy. I would suggest that the following books are better: Locked in the Cabinet (by Reich), All Too Human (by Stephenopolis) and Shadow (by Woodward). All of them give far more detail and I thought they were actually better written.