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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 Biden When we elect a president, we elect with them an entire team that will join them in the West Wing to help r 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 Biden When 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


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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 Biden When we elect a president, we elect with them an entire team that will join them in the West Wing to help r 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 Biden When 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

30 review for West Wingers: Stories from the Dream Chasers, Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside the Obama White House

  1. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    We do not fully appreciate the integrity, compassion and humanity embodied by the Obamas and exemplified in their time as President and First Lady of the United States. In story after story in this book, by every West Wing staffer imaginable from speech writers to the pastry chef to the West Wing receptionist, that is what comes through. The goodness. The kindness. The putting others before themselves. This book will comfort you in these terrifying times and will inspire you to retain hope.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Austin

    This is a collection of personal accounts from staffers in the Obama White House (not the ones most people knew by name or saw on TV but people who got stuff done). Another disclosure-first review: I’ve known and adored the editor since grad school so I wouldn’t give this anything less than a 5 no matter what. I also worked for a year and a half in the same White House (though in a much less visible and important role than the authors) and so came to this book with a lot of my own nostalgia and This is a collection of personal accounts from staffers in the Obama White House (not the ones most people knew by name or saw on TV but people who got stuff done). Another disclosure-first review: I’ve known and adored the editor since grad school so I wouldn’t give this anything less than a 5 no matter what. I also worked for a year and a half in the same White House (though in a much less visible and important role than the authors) and so came to this book with a lot of my own nostalgia and love for the environment and culture of the Obama White House. That said, I also loved it on its own merit and believe it to be of unambiguously high quality so would recommend it to anyone needing some inspiration right now. I will try not to get political here as it’s just a book review. On a personal level, this is a set of incredibly inspiring stories of people who were so dedicated to making the world a better place they were willing to work incredibly hard for very little pay or public recognition. Over and over we see amazing stories of people from a diverse array of backgrounds, skills, and interests finding a home and family in their colleagues. This should remind us all of the power of a diverse, supportive, enriching workplace and a reminder to always try to do what we can to make the world a better place. One theme that comes up over and over again that I deeply relate to is the experience of imposter syndrome. It is so easy for you to look at people doing amazing things and think “I couldn’t possible do that, they are so much smarter / more effective / better established / etc than I am.” If you do start to achieve similar things, then you will think “oh I’m not qualified, I know no one figures out what an imposter I am.” Of course, the truth is that most qualified people feel this way at least some of the time, so you have to just remind yourself that you do in fact belong and bring something great to the situation. ------------------------------------------ 2018 Reading Challenge Update book number: 30 / 40 scorecard (see below): W: 16/20 NW: 13/20 NA: 14/20 D: 1/3 F: 19 NF: 10 ------- Notes: I'm trying to read 40 books this year. To make sure I'm getting a broad range, I'm tracking some metrics. Open to more if folks have suggestions. My goal is to read books that are: half by women half not by white people half by non-americans at least 3 that I don't think I'll like or agree with going in I'll also go for about half fiction and half non-fiction. This year, I'm also adding the What Should I Read Next categories since they should provide some good ideas, and I love the recommendations I get from the podcast: https://modernmrsdarcy.com/reading-ch... X A classic you've been meaning to read X A book recommended by someone with great taste X A book in translation O A book nominated for an award in 2018 O A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection X A book you can read in a day X A book that's more than 500 pages X A book by a favorite author O A book recommended by a librarian or indie bookseller O A banned book X A memoir, biography, or book of creative nonfiction X A book by an author of a different race, ethnicity, or religion than your own

  3. 4 out of 5

    Simi

    If I could give it double the stars I happily would, as an American (who doesn't fit the majority) I found this book to be amazing. So many different perspectives represented, and so much insight offered up by each of those perspectives. This book made me emotional on so many levels so many times, I had to compose myself before venturing back out. I didn't want this one to end. I almost wish there was a follow up of how all these amazing people have dealt with the past 4 years.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca McPhedran

    It is only in hindsight, that I completely and totally appreciate the magic that transpired in the White House between 2008-2016. There was such integrity, intelligence and thoughtfulness all through Barack Obama's administration. And that was intentional. Obama wanted to fill his White House with as much diversity as he could, and from list of authors in this book, he succeeded. This book is absolutely phenomenal. Every author has a specific moment they are writing about, and they write about t It is only in hindsight, that I completely and totally appreciate the magic that transpired in the White House between 2008-2016. There was such integrity, intelligence and thoughtfulness all through Barack Obama's administration. And that was intentional. Obama wanted to fill his White House with as much diversity as he could, and from list of authors in this book, he succeeded. This book is absolutely phenomenal. Every author has a specific moment they are writing about, and they write about their time within Obama's administration with such respect, and authenticity. They all are so thankful for the experience, and honestly, it shines a beautiful light on Barack and Michelle Obama and the legacy they have created. Read it, you won't be sorry

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    5 ⭐️ Just another great book to give me hope leading up to the election.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    offers so much hope for the future

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jillian Doherty

    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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rosann

    West Wingers is one of the few books about the presidency that have flooded the library shelves recently that gives the reader a different point of view..IIn a personal, articulate, passionate, and sometimes emotional way, these ordinary Americans answer the call to serve their country. In a vignette format we hear from a variety of West Wing employees- their personal histories, their motivations, their paths to the White House, and the real inside picture of what it is to go to work at 1600 Pen West Wingers is one of the few books about the presidency that have flooded the library shelves recently that gives the reader a different point of view..IIn a personal, articulate, passionate, and sometimes emotional way, these ordinary Americans answer the call to serve their country. In a vignette format we hear from a variety of West Wing employees- their personal histories, their motivations, their paths to the White House, and the real inside picture of what it is to go to work at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. I very much enjoyed this informative and entertaining look at the experiences of these hard working folks, particularly the clear look at what life is like at the most famous workplace in the country.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cavak

    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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    West Wingers: Stories from the Dream Chasers, Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside the Obama White House is an anthology of personal essays from those in the White House during the Obama Administration and was collected and edited by Gautam Raghavan. The theme of this anthology is just personal stories about the former First Family – the Obamas. For the most part, I really like these contributions. A dozen and half staffers bring the reader deep inside the presidency and offering intimate acco West Wingers: Stories from the Dream Chasers, Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside the Obama White House is an anthology of personal essays from those in the White House during the Obama Administration and was collected and edited by Gautam Raghavan. The theme of this anthology is just personal stories about the former First Family – the Obamas. For the most part, I really like these contributions. A dozen and half staffers bring the reader deep inside the presidency and offering intimate accounts of how they made it to the White House, what they witnessed, and what they accomplished there. It covers the vicissitudes throughout the eight years of the Obama Administration from their triumphs of Obamacare and marriage equality to the tragedy of the Charleston shooting. Like most anthologies, there are weaker contributions, but there were few and far in-between and even the weaker ones were rather good. I am not sure if the current (Trump) administration made the previous (Obama) one seem infinitely better, but it is refreshing to read inspirational stories from the White House instead of the negativity we are getting now. Diversity is a strength to this anthology as it covers a range of race, religion, sexuality, and the like. All in all, West Wingers: Stories from the Dream Chasers, Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside the Obama White House is a wonderful collection of personal essays and stories from working in the eight-year Obama administration.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kavya

    "I was reminded of all the people that I had encountered over the years who mentioned Joey Lucas to me, and how their perspectives of me as a deaf person were influenced by seeing a fictional deaf woman working in the West Wing on television. In that moment onstage, I understood that imagination is intertwined with hope and opportunity. Imagination pushes the boundaries of human advancement. Imagination enables people and cultures to get ready for change. Just like so many American movies featur "I was reminded of all the people that I had encountered over the years who mentioned Joey Lucas to me, and how their perspectives of me as a deaf person were influenced by seeing a fictional deaf woman working in the West Wing on television. In that moment onstage, I understood that imagination is intertwined with hope and opportunity. Imagination pushes the boundaries of human advancement. Imagination enables people and cultures to get ready for change. Just like so many American movies featured a black president long before we elected a black president in real life, we first need to imagine what is possible—even if such a scenario doesn't seem possible at the moment—before it can happen." -Leah Katz-Hernandez "The marriage equality decision had been announced by the Supreme Court. Our team high-fived. Triumph and sadness mixed together—par for the course at the White House." -Heather Foster "[...] progress is not something that, once secured, remains. Progress requires constant vigilance and ongoing activism. As the President often reminded us, hard things are hard. Moving this country forward, given how big and diverse our democracy is, will always be hard." -Aneesh Raman

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kim Bakos

    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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    It comes as no surprise to any of my friends & family that I've gained a bit of an obsession this year with Obama White House staffer books, and this one was no different. One of the most inspirational and heartwarming books I've ever read. To hear about the diverse people who worked in the White House and fought to make the world a better place, working on everything from repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and raising national support for gay marriage, to the fight for immigration reform and It comes as no surprise to any of my friends & family that I've gained a bit of an obsession this year with Obama White House staffer books, and this one was no different. One of the most inspirational and heartwarming books I've ever read. To hear about the diverse people who worked in the White House and fought to make the world a better place, working on everything from repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and raising national support for gay marriage, to the fight for immigration reform and the process of confirming U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, to building the White House garden and cooking desserts that follow Michelle Obama's focus on healthy eating, to making health care affordable & available for all Americans and so much more (!!), this book had a little bit of everything and was the perfect antidote to the way I've been feeling about politics lately. I would fully recommend that everyone read this book - a real life West Wing.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Erin Isgett

    In the current days of "I alone can fix it," this book was filled with reminders that, in reality, it takes all of us, doing our part, to make this country work for everyone. A collection of personal stories by a variety of staff members from the Obama White House--from a speech writer to the pastry chef--shows how our personal experiences uniquely equip us to play our role. Women and men, from a variety of ethnicities, religions, and occupations, share their perspectives on their public service In the current days of "I alone can fix it," this book was filled with reminders that, in reality, it takes all of us, doing our part, to make this country work for everyone. A collection of personal stories by a variety of staff members from the Obama White House--from a speech writer to the pastry chef--shows how our personal experiences uniquely equip us to play our role. Women and men, from a variety of ethnicities, religions, and occupations, share their perspectives on their public service and how they were as greatly affected by their work with the Obama administration as they were able to affect change through their work there. I'm grateful for the hope these stories inspired, and the encouragement each writer provided to really believe that each of us can indeed be a part of the change we want to see in the world.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cornell Martin

    A thoughtful anthology of essays by a diverse collection of crucial players from the Obama White House. Even more interesting than the legislative clout of this group of accomplished individuals is how they made their initial forays into public service and the ways in which the people in their lives and larger communities were forever changed because of it. Quite inspiring. This is one of the first books I’ve come across about political life that captures with such sensitivity a range of human pe A thoughtful anthology of essays by a diverse collection of crucial players from the Obama White House. Even more interesting than the legislative clout of this group of accomplished individuals is how they made their initial forays into public service and the ways in which the people in their lives and larger communities were forever changed because of it. Quite inspiring. This is one of the first books I’ve come across about political life that captures with such sensitivity a range of human perspectives, making it a powerful counterbalance to a politics of derision and inhumanity. I highly recommend this book. You’ll not only walk away learning something new about “everyday” life in the White House, but also the immense scope of the presidency and how it’s the opposite of a one man job.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Marie

    Ok, so I actually didn't finish it. I got bored. The stories that I listened to (I went audiobook for this one) and would recommend were the white house videographer's, the chef's, and the one by Cecilia Munoz. The first story, by the editor, seemed to ignore and simplify history to make a point-it seemed like he genuinely believed that Obama was some kind of unprecedented leader in LGBT rights, and gave no nod to the actual people on the ground doing grasswork and community work on these issues Ok, so I actually didn't finish it. I got bored. The stories that I listened to (I went audiobook for this one) and would recommend were the white house videographer's, the chef's, and the one by Cecilia Munoz. The first story, by the editor, seemed to ignore and simplify history to make a point-it seemed like he genuinely believed that Obama was some kind of unprecedented leader in LGBT rights, and gave no nod to the actual people on the ground doing grasswork and community work on these issues . A lot of the anecdotes in the book were similarly simplistic in the way that they praised his policy or were just kind of...meh. I did think the portrait of Obama that inevitably emerges- as a genuine, caring, almost pastoral boss- was interesting, and seemed authentic.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey Nichols

    Good stories about West Wing staffers I liked reading the stories about people who worked in the West Wing. Some amazing stories from where they came from to where they got to. I was a little disappointed in the very minor part that President Obama played. I initially took the book subtitle to mean that while this wasn't a book about President Obama and he was only a side player in the stories, I thought the focus would be more on President Obama rather than the fact that these stories happened w Good stories about West Wing staffers I liked reading the stories about people who worked in the West Wing. Some amazing stories from where they came from to where they got to. I was a little disappointed in the very minor part that President Obama played. I initially took the book subtitle to mean that while this wasn't a book about President Obama and he was only a side player in the stories, I thought the focus would be more on President Obama rather than the fact that these stories happened while he happened to be President. I would recommend this book to people interested in West Wing staffers but not recommend it much to people who are focused more on President Obama and stories closer to him.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Larkin Tackett

    After reading and enjoying Ben Rhodes' and Alyssa Mastromonaco's memoirs of their time in the Obama Administration, this popped up on my library feed. I also really enjoyed these shorter reflections from other staffers, including the first Receptionist of the United States (ROTUS) with disabilities, the architect of Obama's appearance on Two Ferns that intended to jack up Obamacare enrollment, and several staff members from the Office of Public Engagement charged with outreach to particular inte After reading and enjoying Ben Rhodes' and Alyssa Mastromonaco's memoirs of their time in the Obama Administration, this popped up on my library feed. I also really enjoyed these shorter reflections from other staffers, including the first Receptionist of the United States (ROTUS) with disabilities, the architect of Obama's appearance on Two Ferns that intended to jack up Obamacare enrollment, and several staff members from the Office of Public Engagement charged with outreach to particular interest groups. In many of the vignettes, their personal stories and the connections to President Obama and is agenda, are just as interesting as their time in the White House.

  20. 4 out of 5

    J

    I enjoyed this book for what is was -- a retrospective view of the careers of White House staffers in various positions during the Obama years. Some of the essays in this collection read as hagiography, others are very self-important, and many gave an interesting perspective into the inner workings of the White House. Although Obama himself only lurks in the background of these memoirs, I don't believe that non-supporters will enjoy this book very much. I found this enjoyable, but found it diffic I enjoyed this book for what is was -- a retrospective view of the careers of White House staffers in various positions during the Obama years. Some of the essays in this collection read as hagiography, others are very self-important, and many gave an interesting perspective into the inner workings of the White House. Although Obama himself only lurks in the background of these memoirs, I don't believe that non-supporters will enjoy this book very much. I found this enjoyable, but found it difficult to get through because the writers were eager to discuss problems they faced and how they were ultimately overcome. I received a copy through a Goodreads Giveaway.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Phillip

    This is a great and wonderful book for anyone interested in public service, government, and/or the Obama Administration. This collection of personal stories from junior members of the Obama Administration bring to mind the successes and failures of the 2009-2017 term. They are stories of diverse Americans with different journeys to the White House, the travails and joys of serving in the federal government, and what it meant to contribute to our country's story. This will boost up anyone wallowi This is a great and wonderful book for anyone interested in public service, government, and/or the Obama Administration. This collection of personal stories from junior members of the Obama Administration bring to mind the successes and failures of the 2009-2017 term. They are stories of diverse Americans with different journeys to the White House, the travails and joys of serving in the federal government, and what it meant to contribute to our country's story. This will boost up anyone wallowing in pessimism and cynicism and reminder you that, two or three people can change the world -- because it's the only thing that ever has.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joe J

    An amazing and interesting look at many of the people that worked behind the scenes under the Barak Obama White House. I enjoyed reading the stories and the positive way all these lives were impacted by doing their jobs for the common good. I also enjoyed reading some of the background information of how many became involved and worked at the White House in the first place and their feelings the first time they entered the building. I would highly, highly recommend as it also gives hope for the An amazing and interesting look at many of the people that worked behind the scenes under the Barak Obama White House. I enjoyed reading the stories and the positive way all these lives were impacted by doing their jobs for the common good. I also enjoyed reading some of the background information of how many became involved and worked at the White House in the first place and their feelings the first time they entered the building. I would highly, highly recommend as it also gives hope for the future of what our government can do when it is run correctly instead of those that are just trying to line their own pockets.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    I received a free copy in a first reads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. This book is very bittersweet for those of us who miss the Obama era. It is a collection of essays by former staffers about their time working in the White House and the trials and joys that went along with that. They gave a great picture of what powerful people are like when the cameras are turned off and it was nice to see that the Obamas seemed like genuine nice people. I doubt that any book written about the Tr I received a free copy in a first reads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. This book is very bittersweet for those of us who miss the Obama era. It is a collection of essays by former staffers about their time working in the White House and the trials and joys that went along with that. They gave a great picture of what powerful people are like when the cameras are turned off and it was nice to see that the Obamas seemed like genuine nice people. I doubt that any book written about the Trump administration by former staffers would read as well.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Doublezerodomino

    A beautiful, well-written and inspiring collection of stories that reflect the Obama Whitehouse as a diverse, understanding, and informed workplace. Each audio essay was read by its author, you could hear in their voices how much respect they had for Obama's leadership style and how that enhanced the quality of life for everyone around him and his cool family. They are an honorable people that made that era possible, the country misses these ideals they stove towards and will fight like hell to A beautiful, well-written and inspiring collection of stories that reflect the Obama Whitehouse as a diverse, understanding, and informed workplace. Each audio essay was read by its author, you could hear in their voices how much respect they had for Obama's leadership style and how that enhanced the quality of life for everyone around him and his cool family. They are an honorable people that made that era possible, the country misses these ideals they stove towards and will fight like hell to get them back.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tonya

    I really enjoyed the diverse experiences shared by the authors in this book. Most of the contributors worked in the Office of Public Engagement, but we also get a story from the (then) Head Pastry Chef and a couple of people who worked for the National Security Council. The feeling you get at the end is how hard everyone worked, how invested they were in their jobs and how touched they were by the work they performed. I am grateful they did the jobs they did and that they chose to share a part o I really enjoyed the diverse experiences shared by the authors in this book. Most of the contributors worked in the Office of Public Engagement, but we also get a story from the (then) Head Pastry Chef and a couple of people who worked for the National Security Council. The feeling you get at the end is how hard everyone worked, how invested they were in their jobs and how touched they were by the work they performed. I am grateful they did the jobs they did and that they chose to share a part of their experience with us.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    The contributors were not born thinking one day I will serve in the White House. They took different paths and had different personnel objectives. Despite this, they all had one thing in common, they tried to do the best they could in the positions they held, not for the glory, but for a belief that they could have a voice in government and serve the nation. These memories do not paint a perfect picture or one common belief. The hodgepodge of experiences occurred during the Obama presidency. Rea The contributors were not born thinking one day I will serve in the White House. They took different paths and had different personnel objectives. Despite this, they all had one thing in common, they tried to do the best they could in the positions they held, not for the glory, but for a belief that they could have a voice in government and serve the nation. These memories do not paint a perfect picture or one common belief. The hodgepodge of experiences occurred during the Obama presidency. Readers will get an inside look at how politics shape their jobs and how their jobs shape politics.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Hildebrants

    I thought this book was a comedy take from a group of former staffers so hadn’t taken the time to read it. It is not however, rather it’s an inspiring collection of short stories from staffers most of whom you will never have heard of before who are not at the top of the totem pole, and what it is possible to achieve - including the disappointments - when working in public service. Whilst it’s inspired by the Obama White House - it really a good book for all people interested in public service - I thought this book was a comedy take from a group of former staffers so hadn’t taken the time to read it. It is not however, rather it’s an inspiring collection of short stories from staffers most of whom you will never have heard of before who are not at the top of the totem pole, and what it is possible to achieve - including the disappointments - when working in public service. Whilst it’s inspired by the Obama White House - it really a good book for all people interested in public service - the impact, potential, frustrations, inspiration are worth reading about. Highly recommend!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    This was a collection of essays by people from the Obama administration. It was so lovely to read about people who were involved in government to try to help others instead of line their own pockets. Multiple different departments, people who had been involved since he entered politics to those who joined during the second term. One person who was a government employee, not an Obama appointee, even tried to stay on into the next administration but was forced out. I just wish they had included ph This was a collection of essays by people from the Obama administration. It was so lovely to read about people who were involved in government to try to help others instead of line their own pockets. Multiple different departments, people who had been involved since he entered politics to those who joined during the second term. One person who was a government employee, not an Obama appointee, even tried to stay on into the next administration but was forced out. I just wish they had included photos.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melinda M

    West Wingers: Stories from the Dream Chasers, Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside the Obama White House by Gautam Raghavan is an interesting read of the stories from the people who worked in the West wing. Unfortunately, it did not address the reality of policies . It was more like a love letter to the Obamas. It was interesting to read about the people who worked in the west wing during Obama's administration. I received a copy thru a Goodreads Giveaway.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Griffin

    While at the Miami Book Fair, I spontaneously attended the author event for this book (four of the book’s contributors were there). I strongly believe the author event enhanced my experience with this book. The book had a good assortment of stories told by hardworking and inspiring individuals. However, I wish more would have been said about Obama’s Council on Women and Girls as well as My Brother’s Keeper program that were briefly mentioned in the book. Overall, I highly recommend this book.

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