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Obama's BlackBerry [Hardcover]

Kasper Hauser
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Book Description

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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun and fictional, yet kind of true April 5 2011
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
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
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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
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Information Aug. 23 2009
By OOSA Online Book Club - Published on Amazon.com
"Obama's Blackberry" by Kasper Hauser is comedy extra-ordinary ranging from uncanny satire, to dry humor as the messages to and from the president reveal caricatures of political personalities. This was a light-hearted and fun compendium as a stress reliever from being too serious about the political players and roles, and, of course, the recession is a lovely backdrop. The author does not take himself seriously as he verbally roast entries with common personality traits and a general understanding of what is thought of these positions and their relationship to the president.

Amusing muse, sometimes obtuse, but always fun. I enjoyed it immensely, especially the choice of personalities and the varied subject matter. Since Obama is said to bring e-information into e-politics, I found it an appropriate, yet unique and ingenious presentation. Quite refreshing approach (communications via Blackberry) in an otherwise serious treatise (making fun of the national debt, the competence of office holders and their ability to focus on a subject of the nature of information brought to bear on a political issue). Such parody ingratitude!

That said, I'm still a stickler for protocol and the office of the president as protagonist in the nature of communication may be funny but I am not sure of the motive. It lowers the dignity and esteem of the office. Also, since Obama is the current president, there is an element of disrespect that humor can not compensate for nor does questionable taste.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an Entertaining & Hilarious fictional quick read! Jan. 4 2010
By Chris Cross - Published on Amazon.com
This is an entertaining and hilarious fictional quick read! Basically, four comedians came together and wrote a "Book" as if it were Barack Obama's Blackberry phone during his presidency. The actual truth was before he became our president he wanted his Secret Service to have the CIA create an impenetrable Blackberry Obama could use during his presidency, which I believe was created. Don't quote me on that. Anyway, these comedians/authors create numerous texting dialogues with people in his administration for example Biden asking to leave early at 4:45pm one day to previous Presidents such as George W. Bush texting Obama asking if he had seen Barney at the White House, President Bush's Cocker Spaniel.

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.
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