A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAn Esquire Best Book of 2017Remember when presidents spoke in complete sentences instead of in unhinged tweets? Former Obama speechwriter David Litt does. In his comic, coming-of-age memoir, he takes us back to the Obama years â€“ and charts a path forward in the age of Trump. More than any other presidency, Barack Obamaâ€™s eight years in the White House were defined by young people â€“ twenty-somethings who didnâ€™t have much experience in politics (or anything else, for that matter), yet suddenly found themselves in the most high-stakes office building on earth. David Litt was one of those twenty-somethings. After graduating from college in 2008, he went straight to the Obama campaign. In 2011, he became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history. Until leaving the White House in 2016, he wrote on topics from healthcare to climate change to criminal justice reform. As President Obamaâ€™s go-to comedy writer, he also took the lead on the White House Correspondentsâ€™ Dinner, the so-called â€œState of the Union of jokes.â€Now, in this refreshingly honest memoir, Litt brings us inside Obamaworld. With a humoristsâ€™ eye for detail, he describes what itâ€™s like to accidentally trigger an international incident or nearly set a presidentâ€™s hair aflame. He answers questions you never knew you had: Which White House menâ€™s room is the classiest? What do you do when the commander in chief gets your name wrong? Where should you never, under any circumstances, change clothes on Air Force One? With nearly a decade of stories to tell, Litt makes clear that politics is completely, hopelessly absurd. But itâ€™s also important. For all the moments of chaos, frustration, and yes, disillusionment, Litt remains a believer in the words that first drew him to the Obama campaign: â€œPeople who love this country can change it.â€ In telling his own story, Litt sheds fresh light on his former bossâ€™s legacy. And he argues that, despite the current political climate, the politics championed by Barack Obama will outlive the presidency of Donald Trump.Full of hilarious stories and told in a truly original voice, Thanks, Obama is an exciting debut about what it means â€“ personally, professionally, and politically â€“ to grow up.
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