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Richard Wolffe Inside the Obama White House

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Journalist and political analyst Richard Wolffe tells the dramatic inside story of the defining period of the Obama White House. Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House is an epic tale that follows the president and his inner circle, and paints a portrait of a White House at work under exceptional strain across a sweeping set of challenges: from health care reform to a struggling economy, from two wars to terrorism.

Guests:

Richard Wolffe

Comments [15]

Leah from Bronx

Lenny we get it. You have made your view of Obama crystal clear before the man was even elected.

Nov. 16 2010 10:17 PM
Opal from NYC

Dear Leonard,
In the words of Mr. Wolffe, you are harsh with Pres. Obama. Granted, he is not perfect, but his efforts have been hampered seriously by a vicious opposition from before he took office. In addition, there is a studpid (yes, a harsh word but well-deserved) public. Some of this public is unemployed and frightened but lack the understanding that the Bush administration and Republicans created this debacle. Also economics is not a science and there is no predicting the outcome of the various policies. Every pundit I have heard has the
answer and they all differ. One thing that can be learned from the past Great Depression, It took over 10 years to come out from under --from the 1929 crash to the start of WWII. Under the circumstances Pres. Obama has accomplished an enormous amount, the most obvious is that he saved the U.S.. from another depression.

Nov. 16 2010 01:44 PM
Henry from Katonah

GOP-enabling media is any media that present Republican and Democratic views without judging the truth (or bald untruth) of either side.

I agree the administration should do a better job of explaining what it is doing - - now it can concentrate on that job. It can leave the House of Reps to pass as many bills as it wants - - to die in the Senate.

Nov. 16 2010 01:06 PM
Frank

Can he be angry and populist as a black guy? Won't that make him look angry and scary?

Nov. 16 2010 12:41 PM
Amy from Manhattan

They didn't need a Hoover Dam. Why not do ads showing people doing jobs on things like highway construction & saying this is where the stimulus dollars are going? You only see this if you happen to go by a site where the sign says the work is funded by the recovery act, & many people don't associate that w/the stimulus.

Nov. 16 2010 12:40 PM
Mike from Tribeca

How does the Obama administration "tell the story" if the very media through which their message would be presented is owned by megacorporations with a vested interest in defeating the Obama agenda?

Nov. 16 2010 12:39 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Yes, I remember Obama saying, "We will call you out." So why didn't he?

To Henry: No, Fox "News" (that's mostly who you meant, right?) isn't off the hook, but the admin should've done a better job of countering their accusations.

Nov. 16 2010 12:28 PM
gregb from Northeast

Obama should travel to capital hill with a large check, showing how much was returned from TARP (it will turn out to be a really inexpensive program that saved the economy from depression), AND two bills. Assigning blame for the deficit. One bill for the Dems, one for the Republicans. List a dozen items on each bill- and stretch the truth to the limit. R's get the Iraq war and the financial mess. Dems get the healthcare etc. List how many jobs were lost on each of the bills.

People will debate the details, but Obama then controls the debate, rather than letting it control him.

Nov. 16 2010 12:28 PM
Bernard from Bronx

Don't the American public have an obligation to educate themselves on policies that affect them?Why do they have to wait to be spoon fed? The underpinning of a great democracy is an educated population.

Nov. 16 2010 12:27 PM
Henry from Katonah

The administration did a bad job of explaining where the stimulus money went? So the GOP-enabling media is off the hook?

Nov. 16 2010 12:23 PM
Ted

Many on the left are angry and frustrated with Obama for either being timid on his policy goals (i.e. getting a half a loaf on Healthcare, stimulus etc.) They are extremely frustrated that he may "cave" on the Bush tax cuts.

The progressives believe that they have been right and that if he had pushed for single payer, bigger stimulus, did not escalate Afghanistan, lobby for card check, created a jobs program that the Dems would have held on to the house and that Obama's popularity.

Is there a method to his madness that those on the left do not understand?

Nov. 16 2010 12:14 PM

Why are we defining this President's administration right now? It's been 2 years and this man took over a huge mess

And as ignorant as it sounds, I am TIRED of NPR inviting British experts on OUR political system on the air?

I voted for Change I can Believe In, and I wouldn't believe it if it was all fixed by now. We are in a time of change and change is complicated and takes time.

Nov. 16 2010 12:14 PM
Ted

Many on the left are angry and frustrated with Obama for either being timid on his policy goals (i.e. getting a half a loaf on Healthcare, stimulus etc.) They are extremely frustrated that he may "cave" on the Bush tax cuts.

The progressives believe that they have been right and that if he had pushed for single payer, bigger stimulus, did not escalate Afghanistan, lobby for card check, created a jobs program that the Dems would have held on to the house and that Obama's popularity.

Is there a method to his madness that those on the left do not understand?

Nov. 16 2010 12:13 PM
Liam from East Elmhurst

My friend thinks Obama is incompetent. She wanted a true insider (Hillary) to win.
She thinks he stumbles each and every day.

I voted for Obama, but, I came close to voting for McCain. Sarah the beautiful dummy was the reason I didn't.

Nov. 16 2010 12:05 PM
Dorothy from Manhattan

I awoke early and was lying in bed listening to Morning Edition. I heard Richard Wolfe's interview with Steve Inskeep(sp?). I thought "This is an interview for Leonard." It needs ~30 minutes. "I'll drop Leonard an email." A few minutes later a WNYC promo told me that Richard Wolfe would be on Leonard's show today. Synergy.

Nov. 16 2010 08:26 AM

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