Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump

Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump

by Dan Pfeiffer


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From Obama's former communications director and current co-host of Pod Save America comes a colorful account of how politics, the media, and the Internet changed during the Obama presidency and how Democrats can fight back in the Trump era.

On November 9th, 2016, Dan Pfeiffer woke up like most of the world wondering WTF just happened. How had Donald Trump won the White House? How was it that a decent and thoughtful president had been succeeded by a buffoonish reality star, and what do we do now?

Instead of throwing away his phone and moving to another country (which were his first and second thoughts), Pfeiffer decided to tell this surreal story, recounting how Barack Obama navigated the insane political forces that created Trump, explaining why everyone got 2016 wrong, and offering a path for where Democrats go from here.

Pfeiffer was one of Obama's first hires when he decided to run for president, and was at his side through two presidential campaigns and six years in the White House. Using never-before-heard stories and behind-the-scenes anecdotes, YES WE (STILL) CAN examines how Obama succeeded despite Twitter trolls, Fox News (and their fake news), and a Republican Party that lost its collective mind.

An irreverent, no-BS take on the crazy politics of our time, YES WE (STILL) CAN is a must-read for everyone who is disturbed by Trump, misses Obama, and is marching, calling, and hoping for a better future for the country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538711705
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/18/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 165,934
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dan Pfeiffer is a cohost of Pod Save America. One of Barack Obama's longest serving advisors, he was White House director of communications under President Obama (2009-2013) and senior advisor to the president (2013-2015). He currently lives in San Francisco with his wife, Howli.

Table of Contents

Introduction: If You're Reading This, It's Too Late xi

Chapter 1 Started from the Bottom 1

Chapter 2 How Not to Lose a Campaign 30

Chapter 3 Telling the Country and Other Tales of Presidential Communications 58

Interlude 1 Something Pants-Splittingly Funny 86

Chapter 4 The New Media Wasteland 91

Chapter 5 Fighting Fake News 113

Interlude 2 My Beautiful, Dark, Twisted (White House) Fantasy 138

Chapter 6 Fox (and Friends) Is Destroying America 142

Chapter 7 The Republicans Go off the Deep End 171

Chapter 8 Tweeting While Rome Burns 197

Chapter 9 From 1600 Penn to Keepin' It 1600 230

Interlude 3 Advice You Can Believe In 245

Chapter 10 The 2016 Campaign Clusterfuck 248

Chapter 11 Thanks, Obama (Seriously) 268

Acknowledgments 281

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well-written, insightful and funny look inside Pfeiffer’s time with Obama. I was already a fan from PSA, even more so now. I needed this book in this moment. He filled the pages with stories that reminded me of the America and leadership we once had, and gave me such hope we’ll get there again. I learned a lot about what made Obama such a success, the (often self-deprecating) hard lessons learned through losses, and what we can’t lose sight of to win in the future. I also giggled out loud most of the time. The footnotes were incredible! The last was perfect and exactly what we need to get through 2018 and into 2020. Thanks for an amazing read!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book provides an inside look into the campaign, election, and presidency of Obama. It is a reminder of all we have lost, yet challenges us to use the lessons learned from the Obama era to focus on the future and take back our country.
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