By Jodi Kantor
(Back Bay Books, Paperback, 9780316098762, 400pp.)
Publication Date: August 2012
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When Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, he also won a long-running debate with his wife Michelle. Contrary to her fears, politics now seemed like a worthwhile, even noble pursuit. Together they planned a White House life that would be as normal and sane as possible.
Then they moved in.
In the Obamas, Jodi Kantor takes us deep inside the White House as they try to grapple with their new roles, change the country, raise children, maintain friendships, and figure out what it means to be the first black President and First Lady. Filled with riveting detail and insight into their partnership, emotions and personalities, and written with a keen eye for the ironies of public life, THE OBAMAS is an intimate portrait that will surprise even readers who thought they knew the President and First Lady.
Jodi Kantor is a Washington correspondent at the New York Times. She was also Arts & Leisure editor of the newspaper, New York editor at Slate, and one of Crain's "40 Under 40" rising stars. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
New York Times Washington correspondent Jodi Kantor interviewed more than 200 sources, including White House aides and friends of the Obamas, to paint a portrait of the first family's life inside the White House. More at NPR.org
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