West Wingers
The Obama White House staff invites us behind-the-scenes of history for a deeply personal and moving look at the presidency and how the president's staff can change the nation"West Wingers is exceptional . . . We have so much to learn from these stories." -Joe BidenWhen we elect a president, we elect with them an entire team that will join them in the West Wing to help run the country. Each of these staffers has a story to tell, and in West Wingers, Barack Obama's White House staff reveals how these extraordinary citizens shape the presidency and the nation.In these moving and revealing personal stories, eighteen Obama staffers bring us deep inside the presidency, offering intimate accounts of how they made it to the White House, what they witnessed, and what they accomplished there. We hear from a married gay staffer pushing the president towards marriage equality; a senior aide working to implement the Affordable Care Act while battling Stage IV cancer; a hijab-wearing Muslim adviser accompanying the President to a mosque. In each one we see the human face of government, staffers devoting themselves to the issues that have defined their lives. From the triumphs of Obamacare and marriage equality to the tragedy of the Charleston shooting, this book tells the history of the Obama presidency through the men and women who worked tirelessly to support his vision for America. More than just a history though, West Wingers is an inspiring call to arms for public service, a testament to the possibility of real social change, and a powerful demonstration of what true diversity, inclusivity, and progress can look like in America.These deeply moving stories offer more than a fascinating view into the window of history: they show us how hope becomes real, sustainable change."-Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor to President Obama

West Wingers Details

TitleWest Wingers
Author
ReleaseSep 25th, 2018
PublisherPenguin Books
ISBN-139780143133292
Rating
GenrePolitics, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, History, Race

West Wingers Review

  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a must read. It’s a collection of essays from different staffers from Obama’s White House. What I liked about this collection is that it was perspectives from people we don’t usually hear from. Almost every story made me tear up. It was so inspirational and hopeful. And I couldn’t help comparing it to what we have now which is super depressing.I was provided an advanced copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Leslie
    January 1, 1970
    offers so much hope for the future
  • Jillian Doherty
    January 1, 1970
    To summarize this book in a single word, I would have to choose hope.This is a love letter to Barack and Michelle, and the entire Obama administration; a resounding call for respect, and achievements through adversity. These individual stories of striving above strife are a resounding history, created from the forward momentum of our 44th president’s platform.One could easily read a few stories and understand the purpose of this timely publication, the difference is that you want to read every s To summarize this book in a single word, I would have to choose hope.This is a love letter to Barack and Michelle, and the entire Obama administration; a resounding call for respect, and achievements through adversity. These individual stories of striving above strife are a resounding history, created from the forward momentum of our 44th president’s platform.One could easily read a few stories and understand the purpose of this timely publication, the difference is that you want to read every story.In our tumultuous and ever-changing times, it’s empowering to hear the voices of individuals - from those who were behind the scenes and made incredible differences – to the incredible differences made by an individual. These moments in history are invaluable in being us together, helping us rise us up above the chaos of hate and social despair. We need more stories, voices, and hopeful encouragement like this! Galley borrowed from the publisher.
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  • Cavak
    January 1, 1970
    I suspect that many first impressions for West Wingers will be skewed on a reader's feelings for the Obama family. This book reminds everyone that it was an administration for eight years, not just the 44th President and First Lady.While it's heartening to read each person's experiences with Barack and Michelle, I was surprised that Biden and other senior staff (named or unnamed) were just as empathetic and encouraging to their peers, according to these various accounts. The positive work enviro I suspect that many first impressions for West Wingers will be skewed on a reader's feelings for the Obama family. This book reminds everyone that it was an administration for eight years, not just the 44th President and First Lady.While it's heartening to read each person's experiences with Barack and Michelle, I was surprised that Biden and other senior staff (named or unnamed) were just as empathetic and encouraging to their peers, according to these various accounts. The positive work environment tried to be everywhere in the White House. Considering what preceded (and followed), it's difficult to stifle my astonishment of that warm revelation.It's fascinating to see what goes on behind the scenes, though the majority of these accounts are from PR and community outreach divisions. And I was moved by the sheer dedication each worker had in the Obama administration to get their jobs done, whether they were unpaid volunteers or a consultant there for years. Honestly, the variety of personal backgrounds and contributions were enlightening. While it was not complete equality, the addition of so many voices is startling. Not to say that I didn't know this beforehand, it's just took that much time for everything to settle in me. To quibble a little, I would have liked further elaboration on certain operations and conversations since certain stories about prejudices felt too summarized. Without it, the writing can feel overly optimistic and somewhat undercutting the disconcerting lows. Not all accounts were like that, mind you, just select passages which came across to me that way. I would have liked some more details on the organizers' interactions with activists and even more daily meals for the White House (the glutton in me demands it). As far as political biases go, I would say the entire book leans to the left. Aside from one or two accounts, there's little mention of the Republicans besides their bipartisan agreements and the stonewalling in Congress or the House. So take that as you will. How many precedents were really done in those two terms? Raghavan and company will help clue you in. Whether you agree with all of the administration's policies or not, try to read West Wingers to learn what equality and inclusion means to the ones who worked for its political acceptance in the White House. It may sound corny, but taking that first step to understanding can go a long way.I received the book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.
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  • Kim Bakos
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. The voices and stories are so well spoken, moving and important. If you aren't already missing Obama in the White House, you will be after you read this book.Reading this, I was reminded of all the reasons that Obama is the only Democrat that I have ever voted for. It wasn't about politics, it was about getting behind a man who not only represents what I want America to look like in the future, but brought all of those values with him to the White House. I've read both of the I loved this book. The voices and stories are so well spoken, moving and important. If you aren't already missing Obama in the White House, you will be after you read this book.Reading this, I was reminded of all the reasons that Obama is the only Democrat that I have ever voted for. It wasn't about politics, it was about getting behind a man who not only represents what I want America to look like in the future, but brought all of those values with him to the White House. I've read both of the books that Obama wrote and know what he said he stood for - these stories show it wasn't an example of just saying what you think people want to hear in order to win an election. It was truly who he is, and it exemplified that down to the "little people" that he and Michelle chose to surround themselves with.If you miss having a President who is compassionate, articulate and someone who you would want to be friends with, you can have that again for the few hours that you spend reading this book.
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  • Nancy M
    January 1, 1970
    A fantastic read! Stories told so well. So nice to read positive stories of the White House.
  • Rachel Parrott
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come. My copy was a gift through Goodreads First Reads.
  • Julie Barnard
    January 1, 1970
    Great book - essays that give a real idea of what it was like to work in Obama’s White House.
  • Sumeyye
    January 1, 1970
    The Obama White House staff invites us behind-the-scenes of history for a deeply personal and moving look at the presidency and how the president's staff can change the nation"West Wingers is exceptional .
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