Obama's BlackBerry Hardcover – Jun 8 2009
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Praise for SKYMAUL:
"Fiendishly funny."--San Francisco Chronicle
"The funniest thing you read this year."--NPR's Markeplace
"The perfect send-up."--Salon.com
"A hilarious and wildly inventive spoof."--Time Out NY
A "smart, warped spoof."--Austin Chronicle
"The D.U.I mask really works!"--David Foster Wallace
"You will laugh yourself sad."--Patton Oswalt
"Madly funny, full of wild invention."--George Saunders
About the Author
Kasper Hauser is a San Francisco-based comedy group. They are the authors of Weddings of the Times, a parody of the New York Times wedding pages, and SkyMaul, which the San Francisco Chronicle called "wicked funny," and Salon.com called "the perfect sendup." The Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast has been called "brilliant" by New York magazine and "wonderfully realized" by The Times of London. The group's members have written for HBO and appeared on "Comedy Central" and "This American Life." (www.kasperhauser.com)
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The book has pictures of blackberry conversations with different people and the president and they are funny. They have even gone to the extent of thinking up cute screen names for everyone. The president is BarackO, The Vice President is BidenMyTime, the First Lady is FirstLady2U and Bill Clinton is WildBill. There are many others.
This book takes stereotypes to the extreme and will give both sides a good laugh. It's pricy for such a small book but it is a great coffee table or bathroom book.
The past two Presidents communicate several times, with specific references to the public's perception of their acumen, or lack thereof. Bill Clinton, the womanizing slickster he has always been, sending Obama links that read like spam: HotGirlsIntoxicatedbyPowerinYourZipCode.com, but getting past the email filter by including something about foreign policy. Not only that, but his sinister attempts at getting time alone without Hillary are equally hilarious. My favorite interaction is between Obama and Bush, with the current President asking the former what the password to the computer in the Oval Office is. After a brief exchange, and a check to see if the line is secure, Bush - as BushWhackin' - delivers the hilarious password.
Other great tidbits: Chairman of the Fed, Ben Bernanke, gets painted as a imbecile, inconspicuously asking Obama about "compound" interest, and when met with astonishment, redirecting the question BidenMyTime (intercepted and forwarded to Obama by the Secret Service). Arnold Schwarzenegger wanting to go in after Bin Laden as if the current terrorism climate were as easy as a plot to his movie Commando. Abe Lincoln talking about how great heaven is, and "scoring" all over the place. Sarah Palin (Woof.Killa@ChristUBetcha.gov) getting tricked by the ubiquitous financial scam from the "Nigerian Princess." Absolutely brilliant messages from the Liechtenstein Prime Minister who desperately wants to possess leverage and significance amongst other world leaders. And Obama narcissisticly searching the NY Times online for any instances of his name and the word "sexy" in close proximity.
This short book is full of laughs, and fairly accurately portrays (probably) most of the people being lampooned. It's what we all think, and how they most likely really are behind closed doors and without the aid of the press and/or a teleprompter. Without taking sides or adding to the polarized nature of political debate, each party serves as the butt of multiple jokes. Take a quick look at this one next time you're in a book store. I promise you'll LOL.
This is absolutely a great read and can be read by both sides of the issues because it is basic content and it doesn't paint Obama in a negative light, just his administration and everyone around him.
For the price, you will not find a better read.
No one is really spared from the authors' biting humor here, though Obama's political picks take most of the heat...especially the financial guys who don't know what compound interest is. Biden is a classic dimwit and even Sean Penn and other celebs make appearances. The Republicans aren't spared either...Dick Cheney will have you in stitches. A must read for anyone who enjoys political humor. Other countries even come out to play. A bit pricey for the lenghth, but you will read it more than once so well worth it.
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