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Obama's BlackBerry [Hardcover]

Kasper Hauser
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June 8 2009
When Obama stated that if elected, he would keep his Blackberry, debate echoed through Washington and among the ranks of the Secret Service. What would it be like to have a president who could Twitter, send text messages, and navigate the web with ease? What would it be like to receive a text message from inside the Oval Office and, most importantly, what would it say? 

Now, for the first time, We The People are privy to our new leader's epistolary back-and-forths on his wily hand-held device. We're about to discover that his emails (and the replies, from his wife and daughters, Biden, Palen, Rush, Hannity, the new first puppy, and even Bush) are so tuned in to the language of electronic correspondence they come hilariously close to the brink of legibility. 

This giftable, imagined glimpse into Obama's beloved Blackberry traverses the mundane and momentous contours of the Commander in Chief's life, from security briefings to spam, basketball practice to domestic bliss, and the panic of oops-I-hit-reply-all, to, of course, the trauma of dealing with the First Mother In Law.

To wit: 

BidenMyTime: Hey U, whatcha doin? 
BARACKO: M rly busy
BidenMyTime: Right :( Can I lv at 4:45?

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun and fictional, yet kind of true April 5 2011
Format:Hardcover
This little hardcover book has a blackberry image on every page, displaying witty jokes and satirical humour in the form of emails and instant messages. It's all fictional and for fun, but there is some truth to it. It's an entertaining read. However, you might be disappointed by the book's length, hoping that there are more jokes to be read once you've reached the back cover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious May 31 2009
By J. Kaplan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Judge this book by its cover. The text-speak between BarackO and BidenMyTime, WildBill, FirstLady2U and (my favorite) Woof.Killa@ChristUBetcha.gov (guess who that is) are as funny as anything you'll see on the Daily Show. I read it cover to cover and back again.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to unite the parties? July 7 2009
By Gary P - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I think most of us right or left are tired of the programs that tell you if you don't hate the other party the world will end tomorrow. You can't give in because the other side is out to destroy the world. Well here is a little book you can read to get away from all that. It pokes fun at the people in politics and lets you know that it really isn't all that serious.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poignant. Timely. Hilarious. July 10 2009
By Jason - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Composed of text messages, emails, and Facebook updates, Obama's Blackberry chronicles the craziness that the Commander in Chief must have to deal with on a daily basis. From the Secret Service tracking him from room to room in the White House, to Biden (BidenMyTime) coming off as a complete idiot who requests to leave early from work and asks, "how does MySpace work," the inner-circle crowd is exposed brilliantly.

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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet July 4 2009
By Jennifer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book was short and sweet. I took me less than an hour from cover to cover...

It was entertaining, it made me laugh a few times. I could only picture some of the people (which makes me realize I need to brush up on current events) but the ones I could made reading these messages even better.

I think my favorites were the 3rd one and the last one!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud and read it again... July 2 2009
By Tracy L Karol - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have been eagerly awaiting the Kindle release of this book ever since I read an excerpt. My only complaint is that it is too short...I read it twice in one night! But I knew when I bought it that it would be a quick read and I have no doubt I will revisit it many more times in the future.

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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