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To Obama : with love, joy, hate and despair / Jeanne Marie Laskas.

By: Laskas, Jeanne Marie, 1958-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London, England : Bloomsbury Circus, 2018Description: x, 401 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781408894514; 1408894513; 9781408894521; 1408894521.Subject(s): Obama, Barack -- Correspondence | Presidents -- United States -- Correspondence | American letters | United States -- Politics and government -- 2009-2017DDC classification: 973.932 Summary: Every day, President Obama received ten thousand letters from ordinary American citizens. Every night, he read ten of them before going to bed. In "To Obama", Jeanne Marie Laskas interviews President Obama, the letter-writers themselves and the White House staff in the Office of Presidential Correspondence who were witness to the millions of pleas, rants, thank-yous and apologies that landed in the mailroom during the Obama years. There is Peggy, a patriotic grandmother who thinks the President is trying to lead the country into socialism and recommends that he read the Constitution; Bill, a lifelong Republican whose attitude towards immigration reform was transformed when he met a boy who escaped MS-13 gang leaders in El Salvador; Jordan, a seven-year-old about to be adopted, who wants to thank the President for keeping him safe; James, who on the morning after the 2016 election tells the President to start packing; and Dawn, who writes to say that he made it possible for a very jaded generation to begin to hope and believe in the good.They wrote to Obama out of gratitude and desperation, in their darkest times of need, with anger, fear and respect. "To Obama" is an intimate look at one man's relationship with the American people, and at how this extraordinary dialogue shaped an era-defining presidency.
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Every day, President Obama received ten thousand letters from constituents. Every night, he read ten of them before going to bed. This is the story of the profound ways in which they shaped his presidency.

Every evening for eight years, at his request, President Obama was given ten handpicked letters written by ordinary American citizens the unfiltered voice of a nation from his Office of Presidential Correspondence. He was the first president to interact daily with constituent mail and to archive it in its entirety. The letters affected not only the president and his policies but also the deeply committed people who were tasked with opening and reading the millions of pleas, rants, thank-yous, and apologies that landed in the White House mailroom.
In To Obama, Jeanne Marie Laskas interviews President Obama, the letter writers themselves, and the White House staff who sifted through the powerful, moving, and incredibly intimate narrative of America during the Obama years- There is Kelli, who saw her grandfathers finally marry legally after thirty-five years together; Bill, a lifelong Republican whose attitude toward immigration reform was transformed when he met a boy escaping M-13 gang leaders in El Salvador; Heba, a Syrian refugee who wants to forget the day the tanks rolled into her village; Marjorie, who grappled with disturbing feelings of racial bias lurking within her during the George Zimmerman trial; and Vicki, whose family was torn apart by those who voted for Trump and those who did not.
They wrote to Obama out of gratitude and desperation, in their darkest times of need, in search of connection. They wrote with anger, fear and respect. And together, this chorus of voices achieves a kind of beautiful harmony. To Obama is an intimate look at one man's relationship to the American people, and a time when empathy intersected with politics in the White House.

Every day, President Obama received ten thousand letters from ordinary American citizens. Every night, he read ten of them before going to bed. In "To Obama", Jeanne Marie Laskas interviews President Obama, the letter-writers themselves and the White House staff in the Office of Presidential Correspondence who were witness to the millions of pleas, rants, thank-yous and apologies that landed in the mailroom during the Obama years. There is Peggy, a patriotic grandmother who thinks the President is trying to lead the country into socialism and recommends that he read the Constitution; Bill, a lifelong Republican whose attitude towards immigration reform was transformed when he met a boy who escaped MS-13 gang leaders in El Salvador; Jordan, a seven-year-old about to be adopted, who wants to thank the President for keeping him safe; James, who on the morning after the 2016 election tells the President to start packing; and Dawn, who writes to say that he made it possible for a very jaded generation to begin to hope and believe in the good.They wrote to Obama out of gratitude and desperation, in their darkest times of need, with anger, fear and respect. "To Obama" is an intimate look at one man's relationship with the American people, and at how this extraordinary dialogue shaped an era-defining presidency.