Barack and Joe: The Making of an Extraordinary Partnership

Barack and Joe: The Making of an Extraordinary Partnership


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A vivid and inspiring account of the "bromance" between Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

The extraordinary partnership of Barack Obama and Joe Biden is unique in American history. The two men, their characters and styles sharply contrasting, formed a dynamic working relationship that evolved into a profound friendship. Their affinity was not predestined. Obama and Biden began wary of each other: Obama an impatient freshman disdainful of the Senate's plodding ways; Biden a veteran of the chamber and proud of its traditions.

Gradually they came to respect each other's values and strengths and rode into the White House together in 2008. Side-by-side through two tension-filled terms, they shared the day-to-day joys and struggles of leading the most powerful nation on earth. They accommodated each other's quirks: Biden's famous miscues kept coming, and Obama overlooked them knowing they were insignificant except as media fodder. With his expertise in foreign affairs and legislative matters, Biden took on an unprecedented role as chief adviser to Obama, reshaping the vice presidency. Together Obama and Biden guided Americans through a range of historic moments: a devastating economic crisis, racial confrontations, war in Afghanistan, and the dawn of same-sex marriage nationwide. They supported each other through highs and lows: Obama provided a welcome shoulder during the illness and death of Biden's son Beau.

As many Americans turn a nostalgic eye toward the Obama presidency, Barack and Joe offers a new look at this administration, its absence of scandal, dedication to truth, and respect for the media. This is the first book to tell the full story of this historic relationship and its substantial impact on the Obama presidency and its legacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316487863
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 10/08/2019
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 128,135
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Steven Levingston is the author of Little Demon in the City of Light and Kennedy and King, which was named a New York Times Editor's Choice selection and a Washington Post Notable Book of 2017. The non-fiction book editor of the Washington Post, he has lived and worked in Beijing, Hong Kong, New York, Paris, and Washington and reported and edited for the Wall Street Journal and International Herald Tribune.

Table of Contents

Foreword Michael Eric Dyson: Renegade and Celtic ix

Introduction: "Don't you miss these guys?" 1

1 "Man, That Guy Can Just Talk and Talk" 9

2 Competitors 25

3 "A Click Moment" 47

4 Subtle Similarities 59

5 Fat Boy and the Stutterer 75

6 Batman and Robin 91

7 Cheney's Dark Shadow 109

8 "Oval Newlywed Game" 126

9 Flu Mania 145

10 The Audacity of Hops 159

11 Brothers in Arms 185

12 "How Can This Have Happened?" 209

13 "As Good as Friends Get" 229

Fourteen: Joe, Searching for Words 253

Epilogue: Presidents, Politics, and Friends 271

Acknowledgments 281

A Note on Sources 283

Notes 285

Bibliography 323

Index 329

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Barack and Joe: The Making of an Extraordinary Partnership 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
AlinaU 28 days ago
The political bromance, Barack and Joe's friendship, and collaboration will forever leave its footprint in American history. Starting from political rivals, the two managed to build a strong foundation of the phenomenal President & Vice President team. This book tells the story of two democratic US senators who came from two completely opposite backgrounds but shared an important mission. This is not a biography of either man, this is a story of their bond, the way they were able to look past their differences, listened and accepted each other's objectives, and most importantly - held one another's back. An author made an excellent note regarding the two: The Barack-and-Joe friendship did something else: it stirred the imagination. It gave Americans hope that the nation could work together harmoniously. Barack and Joe looked beyond color and age and personal quirks to the importance of shared values. This book is an easy read. I didn't find any new information in it, however, it is a perfect guide for any political enthusiast that contains all the facts of Barack and Joe's friendship and partnership during their time in The Office.
Cozy Cat Reviews 11 days ago
This is a exquisite book detailing the wonderful respect and friendship between our great President Obama and Vice President Biden that grew from their patriotism and love of country. Both men had a deep respect for each other and this chronicles their road to friendship and how they shared the same patriotism morals (and beliefs) to serve our country. It is a wonderful read of a great time in our history of our greatest President in 50 years and his working relationship with a equally great Vice President. I highly recommend this book. This is a wonderful book to give as gifts and to have as a hard cover for one's own library. Very well done to the author. . Thank you for the ARC. My opinion is my own.
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