The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party

Book - 2012
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Veteran journalist David Corn--Washington Bureau Chief for Mother Jones magazine and New York Times bestselling author of Hubris (with Michael Isikoff) and The Lies of George W. Bush--now brings us Showdown, the dramatic inside story of Barack Obama's fight to save his presidency. With Bob Woodward-esque insight and narrative flair, Corn takes readers into the White House and behind the political scenes during the beleaguered president's pivotal third year, and explores the most earth-shaking events of the Obama presidency--from the game changing 2010 elections to the Arab Spring, the debt ceiling battle with Congressional Republicans, the killing of Osama bin Laden and beyond.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062107992
Branch Call Number: 973.932 COR 2012 23
Characteristics: 420 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Sep 29, 2013

A commenter says: "The book describes Obama's goals and strategies and all of his victories for the middle-class." Huh? Everything Obama has done in office continues the ongoing destruction of any possible middle class in America, today and in the far future. And afer his reelection he is pushing for the passage of the final nails in the coffin: the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) and TransAtlantic Free Trade Area (TAFTA). Corn supports the status quo in all his writing (and certainly tosses out the phrase "conspiracy theory" whenever anyone disagrees with his pablum) and this is yet another book which proves that.

Apr 28, 2012

I am reminded of the exhaustion I felt after watching the film "Deliverance". So much had happened; it was amazing anyone was still alive. Obama's first term was filled to overflowing with problems and crises; he remained standing, thankfully. The author of this book gives us a detailed accounting of these years since 2008, however I have to admit that I took everything with a grain of salt because of his cavalier attitude about sources. Throughout the book, he used quotations without listing a source. I counted 156 times when he quoted an anonymous person. I was in a quandry - how do I know if these quotes are legit? Maybe he just added them to give more energy & spice to his narrative. How do I know what is true? This is a serious failing of this book.

voisjoe1 Apr 21, 2012

An excellent summary of the struggles of the middle part of Obama's 1st term as he has had one "Showdown" after another against Mitch McConnell, Eric Cantor, and John Boehner. The book describes Obama's goals and strategies and all of his victories for the middle-class. Shortly after this book came out, another book has revealed that the Republicans met within a day of the inauguration and decided to just obstruct Obama every step of the way. The Republicans have confirmed that book by filibustering every proposal made by Obama. The number one goal of the Republicans has been to limit Obama to one term, regardless of the effect their actions have on the economy of the United States. And they are so bold as to blame Obama for every unpassed bill that they refuse to even let the Senate vote upon.

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