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Richard Wolffe: The Struggle for Survival inside the Obama W
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Richard Wolffe, journalist and MSNBC political analyst, talks about what he considers a defining moment in the Obama presidency. His new political biography is emRevival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White Houseem. Richard Wolffe drew on his unrivaled access to the West Wing to write a natural sequel to his campaign biography, emRenegade: The Making of a Presidentem. He traces an arc from near death to resurrection that is a repeated pattern for Obama, first as a candidate and now as president. Starting at the first anniversary of the inauguration, Wolffe 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. emRevivalem is a road map to understanding the dynamics, characters, and disputes that shape the Obama White House. It reveals for the first time the fault lines at the heart of the West Wing between two groups competing for control of the president's agenda. On one side are the Revivalists, who want to return to the high-minded spirit of the presidential campaign. On the other side are the Survivalists, who believe that government demands a low-minded set of compromises and combat. At the center of this story is a man who remains opaque to supporters, staff, and critics alike. What motivates him to risk his presidency on health care? What frustrations does he feel at this incredible time of testing?moreless
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