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To Obama by Jeanne Marie Laskas

Every day, President Obama received ten thousand letters from ordinary American citizens.

Every night, he read ten of them before going to bed.

This is the story of the ways in which they shaped his presidency.

Featuring previously unseen letters to citizens by Obama, a rare interview with President Obama himself, as well as interviews with the letter-writers themselves and the White House staff who were witness to the millions of pleas, rants, thank-yous and apologies that landed in the mailroom during the Obama years.

There is Peggy, a patriotic grandmother who thinks the President is trying to lead the country into socialism and recommends that he read the Constitution; Bill, a lifelong Republican whose attitude towards immigration reform was transformed when he met a boy who escaped MS-13 gang leaders in El Salvador; Jordan, a seven-year-old about to be adopted, who wants to thank the President for keeping him safe; James, who on the morning after the 2016 election results writes to tell the President to start packing; and Marnie, whose response from the President motivates her to become superintendent of the school district that once laid her off.

They wrote to Obama out of gratitude and desperation, in their darkest times of need, with anger, fear and respect. To Obama is an intimate look at one man's relationship with the American people, and at a time when love and empathy intersected with politics in the White House.

To Obama: With Love, Joy, Hate and Despair by Jeanne Maria Laskas publishes on 18th September 2018

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