The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House

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It’s amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times bestselling author Edward Klein in his new political exposé The Amateur. Tapping into the public’s growing sentiment that President Obama is in over his head, The Amateur argues that Obama’s toxic combination of incompetence and arrogance have run our nation and his presidency off the rails. “Obama was both completely inexperienced and ideologically far to the left of Americans when he entered the White House,” says Klein. “And he was so arrogant that ...
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Overview


It’s amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times bestselling author Edward Klein in his new political exposé The Amateur. Tapping into the public’s growing sentiment that President Obama is in over his head, The Amateur argues that Obama’s toxic combination of incompetence and arrogance have run our nation and his presidency off the rails. “Obama was both completely inexperienced and ideologically far to the left of Americans when he entered the White House,” says Klein. “And he was so arrogant that he didn’t even know what he didn’t know.” Klein, who is known for getting the inside scoop on everyone from the Kennedys to the Clintons, reveals never-before-published details about the Obama administration’s political inner workings and about Barack and Michelle’s personal lives, including:
  • The inordinate influence Michelle wields over Barack and her feud with a high-profile celebrity
  • The real reason Rahm Emmanuel left the White House (it wasn’t for family reasons)
  • Why Valerie Jarrett’s role is closer to that of Rasputin than impartial senior advisor
  • Obama’s problems with American Jews
  • How Obama has purposefully forgotten and ignored those that put him in power, including the Kennedys, and the Jewish and African American communities in Chicago

From Obama’s conceited and detached demeanor, to his detrimental reliance on Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett’s advice, to the Obamas' extravagant and out-of-touch lifestyle, The Amateur reveals a president whose blatant ignorance and incompetence is sabotaging himself, his presidency, and America.
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The Amateur is the best book I’ve read on how Barack Obama is wrecking our country. I urge everyone who cares about America to read Edward Klein’s eye-opening book.”
Donald J. Trump, world-famous businessman, owner and host of the hit NBC TV shows The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice, and bestselling author of many titles, including Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again

“This is a racy, entertaining, informative book that illuminates aspects of Obama and his team that have not been previously reported. A necessary antidote to the Obama worship that is sure to characterize the election debate.”
Dinesh D’Souza, president of The King’s College and bestselling author of The Roots of Obama’s Rage

“All the horrors I predicted in Welcome to Obamaland have now been definitively proven true by Edward Klein’s rip-roaringly readable new book The Amateur, which uses great stories and great reporting to illustrate just how ideological, arrogant, and hapless Obama and his administration really are. An outstanding demolition job on the most overrated president of our time.”
James Delingpole, columnist for the Daily Telegraph and the Spectator and author of Welcome to Obamaland

“A devastating indictment of the lethal combination of incompetence and radicalism that has made Obama into one of the worst presidents in American history.”
Norman Podhoretz, former editor of Commentary magazine and author of many books, including most recently, Why Are Jews Liberals?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621570905
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/3/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 48,959
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Klein

Edward Klein is a New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including, All Too Human: The Love Story of Jack and Jackie Kennedy; The Kennedy Curse; and The Truth About Hillary. He is the former foreign editor of Newsweek, former editor-in-chief of the New York Times Magazine, and a contributing editor of Vanity Fair. He lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Dark Side of Obama 1

Prologue: As Bill Sees It 5

Part I Chicago, That Toddlin' Town

Chapter 1 Hollow at the Core 15

Chapter 2 A Ghostly Presence 19

Chapter 3 "You Keep Out of This!" 23

Chapter 4 "You Should Know Better When Politicians Make Promises" 27

Chapter 5 The Man Who Prepared Obama for the Presidency 35

Part II Amateur Hour at the White House

Chapter 6 Drinking the Obama Kool-Aid 55

Chapter 7 Bungler-in-Chief 69

Chapter 8 Clark Kent 79

Chapter 9 Ground Zero 85

Chapter 10 Valerie v. Rahm 93

Chapter 11 The Wrath of Michelle 105

Chapter 12 Out to Lunch 127

Part III With Friends Like These

Chapter 13 Oprah's Sacrifice 137

Chapter 14 Snubbing Caroline 147

Chapter 15 The Jewish Problem with Obama 155

Chapter 16 All in the Family 133

Part IV The Obama Doctrine

Chapter 17 The War on General Jones 193

Chapter 18 Mind-Meld 201

Chapter 19 The Rise of the Humanitarian Vulcans 213

Part V A One-Term Proposition?

Chapter 20 The "New Obama" 227

Chapter 21 In Search of the Real Obama 237

Chapter 22 The Low Road 247

Acknowledgments 259

Sources 267

Index 267

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    The "in the tank for Obama" news media may very well


    The "in the tank for Obama" news media may very well do all it can to discredit the author and this book. The author interviewed in person and tape recorded many of those interviewed who elected to share insider information regarding the Obama husband and wife, within and outside the White House. Those inteviewed include personal friends of the Obamas, such as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and friends/associates of Bill and Hillary Clinton and Ophra Winfrey among others. Attention is directed to Valerie Jerrett, the Obama inner circle advisor from Chicago and White House "gate keeper" for the Obamas, who did her best to convince Obama not to pursue Osama Bin Laden, only to be overruled by Leon Penetta. The author only included information that was verifiable; therefore, Mr. Klein's book is not a gossip columnist's accounting of a he said-she said venue. The "real" Obama picture is alarming and serves to frame the President of the United States as clearly out of his comfort zone insofar as having no leadership skills or experience, no administrative experience, no governing experience, and no international experience, and, therefore, makes the valid argument that President Barack Obama is ill-equipped and incapable of assuming the tasks of being Commander-in-Chief of the US military and leader of the most important free nation in the world. Barack Obama is the personification of the Peter Principle, one who rises to his own level of incompetence. A must read for all who want information the liberal news papers and cable news organizations will not tell you and may purposely dismiss by not drawing attention to the book and its documented evidence

    176 out of 224 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Eat your socks 'incorrect'

    Well written and documented. Extremely informative and not flattering. If you want to know why Obama and others like him continue to get elected, look no further than the 1 star ratings for this book.

    144 out of 191 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Ed Rodriguez

    How easy for anyone to dismiss a book written out of verifiable sources. Most of those who dismiss the book or even question its credability either did not do their homework and did not take an in depth look of the truth and facts, or they are in denial and cant face the truth and live in fantacy world. I am sick and tired of the left winged blaming George W. all the time. Yes I agree Bush was a disaster, especially his last term in office, however, let us not forget that during his last years of office, Congress was controlled by the Democrats, who made most of the policies that also had their hand in the disaster. The fact is it has been more than three years and its time for the president, his administration and the Democrats to start taking responsabilty and man up to their failures. Additionally, how can anyone say the book is based on lies? Anyone can easily comment and say the book is all lies, but can anyone prove it? And as far as President Obama being more republican than other repbulicans is obsurd, someone is really living in a utopian like state of mind. And to the comment that the failure and disaster of the Bush years had easily set up his successor with failure is nonsense. Can that be said of the transition between the Carter administration to th Reagan administration? If so, then Reagan may have been set up by the previous administration to fail; however, one slight difference from this obsurdity, Reagan succeeded. And he was faced with a more disasterous economy than our current president, look it up. I am not afraid either to mention my name. There is no reason to be "anonymous".

    132 out of 166 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    Emporer Obama, Self-Annoints, Then Disappoints

    Thank yous to Mr. Klein for reporting the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about Obama's cynical anti-American roots, and how Obama's fundamental prejudices have created the poisonous regime, divisive rhetoric, and catastrophic economic devolution of America. For those of us who never fell for Obama's rhetorical tricks, this book is a wholesome affirmation of the good voices that gave warning of Obama the Deceiver.
    Obama's passionately misled devotees, will angrily reject this book. These hoodwinked liberals, who, even now, after all his failures, stillf, fanatically deny the obvious, deeply corrupted, ersatz, flim-flam con-artist that Obama truly is, should consider the low regard of the long line of important people who know Barack, have known him for decades, and who are telling the truth. Nobody likes to be conned, or, even worse, to have to admit they were bamboozled by Obama. To them I recommend a sober reading of this book, and a clearheaded re-evaluation of the man who spoke of transparency, and gave them, instead, incompetency, hype, false hope, sweeping, unconstitutional power grabs, and a complete lack of leadership.
    This book is the telling of how the real Obama snaked his way to the Presidency by manipulating every person he ever used to serve his own self-aggrandizement. We owe Mr. Klein our respect and gratitude. This book should be required reading for every liberal college student, voter, and lover of America, its values, and its courage to admit that it sometimes elects the wrong man. The sad proof is in this book.

    108 out of 133 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    The "in the tank for Obama" news media will do all it

    The "in the tank for Obama" news media will do all it can to discredit the author and this book. The author interviewed in person and tape recorded many of those interviewed who elected to share insider information regarding the Obama husband and wife, within and outside the White House. Those inteviewed include personal friends of the Obamas, such as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Ophra Winfrey among others. The author purposely included information that was verifiable; therefore, Mr. Klein's book is not a gossip columnist's accounting of a he said-she said venue. The "real" Obama picture is alarming and serves to frame the President of the United States as clearly out of his comfort zone insofar as having no leadership skills or experience, no governing experience, and no international experience, and, therefore, makes the valid argument that President Barack Obama is ill-equipped and incapable of assuming the tasks of being Commander-in-Chief of the US military and leader of the most important free nation in the world. A must read for all who want information the liberal news papers and cable news organizations will not tell you.

    102 out of 128 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    I Could not put this book down

    This relatively short, and easy to read, book contains so much information about Obama and his far left administration that it is just mind-boggling. It reveals where he came from, how he got into politics, who mentored and supported him, who is in his inner circle, who likes him, and who does not. The information comes from sourced interviews of people who actually do or have worked for him, or have dealt with him politically. Early on in this book you will read Reverend Jeremiah Wright's opinion of Obama, and it isn't what you might expect. Many powerful and respected people have come and gone from the White House. This book tells not only the "Who" but also the "Why".

    94 out of 117 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Dispair for our political system

    I read the Klein book over the past couple of days, not much of a feat since it is only 181 pages. It is, as he admits up front,a journalistic treatment, and as such it is full of anecdotes you have heard previously and focused on sensationalism. There is a good bit of opinion masquerading as fact combined with a reasonable effort to differentiate conservative and liberal ideologies. Still, by the end of the book, I had a fair synthesis of Obama's life, attitudes, and presidency, and it left me with anything but a flattering portrait of him, his wife, and their staffs. But what I really took away from it was a sense of dispair for our political sytem. Ultimately, the book reinforced my growing fear that our politcal system is broken. One could use the text and roughly the same stories and context and substitute members of the Reagan, Clinton, or second Bush administrations and have the same sense of what is going on. It is a world of personal pettiness, double-crosses, corruption, and gotcha-politics where politics and self-interest trump policy and the needs of the American people on virtually every issue. Politics is a business where the objective is power--gaining it, exercising it, and retaining it. In the end , the book reminded me that the leadership of Democratic administrations is no more committed to egalitarian access to and sharing of power than than they criticize the Republicans for. I don't know the answer or the right approach to getting it, but some of us need to go to work to fix the system before it is too late.

    92 out of 124 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    EXCELLENT

    This book quotes sources and names the names. I had high hopes for Obama like many others but he is nothing more than a modern day Nero. He surrounds himself with a narcissitic supply group and this book opens that up for evetyone to see.

    90 out of 119 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Incompetence

    How does one add more debt in 3 years than all others in 230+ years? Pure, unadulterated amateurism.

    85 out of 123 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Go Ed!!!!

    Thanks for saying that. And I would just like to point out that Bush only had 3 trillion dollars of national debt by the end of eight years, and Obama already has around 15.

    76 out of 120 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    "The Emperor has no clothes." Stunningly reveals what

    "The Emperor has no clothes." Stunningly reveals what I strongly suspected. Some of the quoted sources are obviously seeking some sort of revenge but even when that is taken into account, the description of an ideological political "amateur" comes into focus. Why his supporters never saw this would be a fascinating study. I think most people that support/supported him saw what they wanted to see.

    74 out of 93 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Great book...although we already knew about some of what's in th

    Great book...although we already knew about some of what's in the book, it did have a lot of things I didn't know about the resident in the White House. It didn't change my mind about him at all, November can't get here soon enough....

    70 out of 98 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    Very well done delineation of the issues that should concern us

    Very well done delineation of the issues that should concern us all about the Obama administration. I was surprised that most of the sources were quoted by name. Edward Klein has done an outstanding job. I really hope this book is read by millions and winds up being discussed all over the TV dial.

    63 out of 84 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Fantastic book !

    Good book covering why and how Obama has lead us down to the road to destruction. The publishers description of this book says it all. You dont want to pass up this highly informative book!

    63 out of 100 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Must read!!!

    Great book. You will find the details in this book are no surprise to objective thinkers who knew what 0bama was and expected his shortfalls due to his left leaning ideals. The readers who take offense are zealots to his cause and are frankly pathetic. This book was recomended to me and many of my friends of all political backgrounds are reading this and coming to the same conclusion.

    63 out of 100 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    A Must Read

    This is a MUST Read. It is funny for the facts come out and the liberals don't want to listen to them. It is great that Edward Klein called Obama "The Amateur". Look at his record and other reports. Buy this book and learn the truth. We can't have 4 more years of someone who is an amateur in governing the country.

    52 out of 78 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    This should be read by every voter - knowing that the material is truthful, vetted and verified.

    This author has earned his credible rating, not for what he wrote, but the fact that he recorded it, verified it and even allowed some of the subjects to review what was written. The "One Star" reviewers are voting based on personality and wishful thinking. The rest of us are reviewing and rating the material based on its accuracy. It is scary what is revealed by the author and I wish/hope that the lack of leadership does not become irrepairable in the world community. Having been in some of the places where POTUS has "apologized", I can only state that these other countries won't embrace us for it, they will only look for more ways to gain the upper hand. This is a naive President, and this book seems to substantiate my previous opinion of lack luster President. Hopefully, it is one and out.

    44 out of 59 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2012

    Great informational book

    Great informational book

    44 out of 85 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    I have been intrigued by the author of this book, following his

    I have been intrigued by the author of this book, following his appearances on TV, etc., and was looking forward to reading this. Unfortunately, the author throws out accusations without providing any specifics examples or real proof/evidence. Unnamed sources and things that seem to be fourth-fifth- or sixth hand cloud any sense that he is really interested in reporting news/revealing facts. I am frustrated that it seems to bear out all the criticisms that people I don't usually agree with have made.

    43 out of 158 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    of course

    It really is interesting how people always love to blame the president. Little do they realize he has an entire congress of people that won't pass his ideas. Ignorance. I wish I could give this zero stars.

    41 out of 197 people found this review helpful.

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