An Oral History of the Obama Years
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For two centuries, presidents hoping to secure their
legacies have sought out biographers. But who could possibly
capture the inspiring yet bizarre reality of the first black
man to call the White House his crib, a tenure that brought
hope, change, and health care to millions, but also spawned
birthers, backlash, and the bewildering rise of Donald
Trump? Thankfully, as the end of President Barack Obama’s
pioneering two terms in office drew near, the First Lady had
a stroke of genius: “Honey, all these presidential
biographies are written by old white guys. Why not hook a
brother up for once?”
Enter D.L. Hughley. When the comedy legend got the call from
the White House, he knew this was the assignment of a
lifetime. Of course he would become a political biographer:
what else could his decades of experience bringing
unflinching truth and hilarity to the American people have
been building toward?
And so D.L. proudly raised his finger to “The System”* and
set out to record a true and accurate** oral history of the
Obama years, interviewing everyone from Obama’s esteemed
Democratic colleagues in Washington to Republican pols who
dare not speak his name and segments of the “conservative
base” who have irrefutable proof that Obama is a Kenyan-born
Muslim and Saddam Hussein’s second cousin thrice removed AND
a Coldplay fan.
Protected by the Patriot Act and the promise of a
presidential pardon, Hughley bitch-slapped virtually every
rule of journalism in pursuit of his mission: hacking into
Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server; infiltrating
Trump’s tanning sessions; staking out each of Mitt Romney’s
752 mansions; even eavesdropping on Bill Clinton’s
At the end of it all, Hughley had bravely assembled an
explosive dossier that would make Edward Snowden (and even
the NSA) blush. Black Man, White House is the culmination of
these extraordinary comedic efforts, an authoritative work
on the Obama presidency that is destined to enlighten and
entertain patriots, scholars, and Yes-We-Can’ers for
generations to come.
*The Dewey Decimal system.
**What, librarians? Go ahead and try to shelve this book in
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