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Grace : President Obama and ten days in the battle for America  Cover Image Book Book

Grace : President Obama and ten days in the battle for America / Cody Keenan, Chief White House speechwriter.

Keenan, Cody. (Author).

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  • ISBN: 9780358651895
  • ISBN: 0358651891
  • Physical Description: 309 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Mariner Books, c2022.

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Includes index.
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A white supremacist shooting and an astonishing act of forgiveness. A national reckoning with race and the Confederate flag. The fate of marriage equality and the Affordable Care Act. This is the propulsive story of ten days in June 2015, when Obama and his chief speechwriter Cody Keenan composed a series of high-stakes speeches to meet a succession of stunning developments. Through behind-the-scenes moments-from Obama's suggestion that Keenan pour a drink, listen to some Miles Davis, and 'find the silences,' to the president's late-night writing sessions in the First Family's residence-Keenan takes us inside the craft of speechwriting at the highest level for the most demanding of bosses, the relentlessly poetic and perfectionist Barack Obama. The book also delivers a fascinating portrait of White House insiders like Ben Rhodes, Valerie Jarrett, Jen Psaki, and the speechwriting team responsible for pulling it all off during a furious, historic stretch of the Obama presidency-including a gifted fact-checker who took Keenan's rhetoric to task before taking his hand in marriage. Keenan writes about the rhetorical tightrope our first Black president had to walk, culminating with an unforgettable high point: Obama stunning everybody by taking a deep breath and leading the country in a chorus of 'Amazing Grace.
Subject: Obama, Barack.
Presidents > United States > Staff > Biography.
Speechwriters > United States > Biography.
Speechwriting > United States.
United States > Politics and government > 2009-2017.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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  • 4 of 6 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


  • 1 current hold with 6 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 973.932092 KEENAN 2022 (Text) 0001012491741 Nonfiction New Checked out 12/07/2022

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