New Book Tells of ‘Home Alone’ White House

Verum Serum

If you’ve already decided not to buy creepy stalker Joe McGinnis’ book on 9/20 at least you’ll have an alternative selection. Confidence Men by reporter Ron Suskind is already creating waves in Washington:

as copies of the book began circulating around town Friday, Obama’s aides and allies were forced to defend his management style against the portrayal conveyed by Suskind, who secured White House cooperation for much of his work. Suskind interviewed many top officials and was granted a White House interview with Obama…

Anita Dunn, a former communications director, is quoted as saying that “looking back, this place would be in court for a hostile workplace…Because it actually fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace for women.”

Well, that can’t be true. Anita Dunn would never say something that dumb in publ…never mind. But here’s the really problematic part:

…Meeting over dinner at the Bombay Club one night, Summers told Orszag that “we’re really home alone,” according to the book. “I mean it,” Summers said. “We’re home alone. There’s no adult in charge. Clinton would never have made these mistakes.”…


Read the entire article at Verum Serum.

Also, White House pushes back against Suskind book’s depiction of Obama and his staff

Update“Why have so many people in the Obama administration vented to Mr. Suskind in the first place, when the president was only partway through his first term?”

…The president’s own assessment of his first two years in office?… “Going forward as president,” he said in the February 2011 interview, “the symbols and gestures — what people are seeing coming out of this office — are at least as important as the policies we put forward.”…


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