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

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

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

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Title:West Wingers: Stories from the Dream Chasers, Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside the Obama White House
Author:Gautam Raghavan
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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Leslie

    offers so much hope for the future

  • Sarah Aldridge

    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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Cavak

    I suspect that many first impressions for

    will be skewed on a reader's feelings for the Obama family. This book reminds everyone that it was

    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

    will be skewed on a reader's feelings for the Obama family. This book reminds everyone that it was

    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

    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

    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.

  • 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.

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