Publication Date: January 10, 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 joined the New York Times in 2003 as Arts & Leisure editor, prior to which she was the New York editor at Slate. The recipient of a Columbia Young Alumni Achievement Award, Jodi Kantor has also been named by Crain's New York Business magazine as one of "40 Under 40." She appears regularly on television, including "Today" and "Charlie Rose." She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Ron Leiber, a columnist for the New York Times, and their daughter.
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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