December 8, 2019

"I admit that I am extremely fortunate to have had a chance to pre-order the kindlebook version on August 12, 2019 via Amazon of Barack and Joe: The Making of An Extraordinary Partnership...."

"Some of the features of this kindlebook that is Barack and Joe The Making of An Extraordinary Partnership: the dynamics between Biden and Obama even before the 2008 election, some history on how the vice president role was seen even before Biden became Vice President by 2008 with multiple examples given..., some of the multiple reasons why former President Obama chose Biden to run and eventually be Vice President by 2008, some background information on how some of the details of family played both direct and indirect roles in both Biden and Obama’s Presidential and Vice Presidential roles, some of the details and emotions surrounding the results around the positive outcome of the 2008 election results, some of the ways that the memoir Promise Me Dad by Joe Biden relates to multiple concepts referenced in this kindlebook, various photos and pictures depicting the theme of this kindlebook, and more."

From a strangely worded Amazon review of "Barack and Joe: The Making of an Extraordinary Partnership."

Why would you consider yourself "extremely fortunate" just "to have had a chance to pre-order the kindlebook"? Because others have lost the chance, now that the book is out, and you can just download it, you don't get the rewarding experience of pre-ordering?

Anyway... the book — which I can't believe anyone wants to read — is by Steven Levingston and came out in early October. I never saw a reference to it until today, when I saw it listed as one of the "50 notable works of nonfiction in 2019" in The Washington Post. Steven Levingston is the nonfiction editor of The Washington Post!
"The Post’s nonfiction book editor delves into pivotal moments in the groundbreaking Obama-Biden 'bromance.'"
Yeesh. Who writes that stuff? The dying metaphors are killing me: delves... pivotal... groundbreaking. 2 seem to be about digging in the dirt and one seems to be about carrying a sofa upstairs. And the 2 dirt ones don't even go together because "delves" gives me a picture of the author with a shovel, digging in the dirt like something Trump wanted Zelensky to do, and "groundbreaking" creates a picture of Joe and Barack wearing hardhats and doing something like this:



Oh, no! It's Trump again. That guy is everywhere. So get rid of both "dirt" metaphors and keep the pivoting. Here: Levingston looks at pivotal moments in the Obama-Biden bromance. And I'd just picture Joe and Barack doing something like this:


73 comments:

Aunty Trump said...

Barrack does not seem overly enthused about Joe running.

David Begley said...

What did Biden actually do as VP? We know his cokehead son got rich. Anything else?

Biden backed Barack on the Iran giveaway.

My question: What did Biden know about spying on the Trump campaign and when did he know it?

Fernandistein said...

Biden
Bident
Bidence
Bidential
Bidentually
Bidenturencepice

MadisonMan said...

If the subject is Books I'll never read, consider the one I saw in the airport bookstore by Chelsea and Hillary about famous gutsy women in history.
Wikipedia lists Chelsea as an American author. Sheesh.
Dear Media Complex: Please help the Clintons in their going away from the American Public.

Fernandistein said...

I Need Job

AllenS said...

I wouldn't buy any book that was authored by any Clinton, even if the book was named: You won't have Hillary to kick around anymore

Wince said...

LOL. I remember moving furniture upstairs in the 1990s with friends and acting like Ross.

Instead of "pivot" I would repeatedly yell "Iwo", as in push the couch upright like the flag at Iwo Jima.

I'm still reviled for that.

Deb said...
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Bill Peschel said...

Wasn't it Mickey Kaus who said that when something happens in threes it's a trend?

We got this, and some author wrote a mystery novel with O and B as buddy investigators.

And yet, Obama refuses to endorse Slow Joe.

MadisonMan said...

So, the author of a book who happens to be a WaPo editor writes a column that recommends his own book? LOL. I wonder if a disclaimer is included. (My Mom loved this book! It's written by her favorite son!!)

tcrosse said...

Barack awaits instructions from Management.

Ann Althouse said...

"So, the author of a book who happens to be a WaPo editor writes a column that recommends his own book?"

It's written by "Washington Post Reviewers." I don't see how the reviewers of the books could have made the selection for what belongs on the 50 best list. The reviewers of the books seem to be the source of the candidates for the final list, but who made the list? Maybe some voting system???

Fernandistein said...

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144 in US Presidents

Jeff Brokaw said...

My wife loves that “pivot” scene — she doesn’t often go into convulsions of laughter but that one will do it. “Pivot! Pivahhht!”

Whirred Whacks said...

How ‘bout those Buckeyes!

Hagar said...

My question: What did Biden know about spying on the Trump campaign and when did he know it?

Probably not much if anything. No one in the know would be careless enough to tell him.

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

That review was written by a non-native English speaker.

Foreign interference!

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

Wasn't it Mickey Kaus who said that when something happens in threes it's a trend?

No. It was Goldfinger and third time was enemy action.

viator said...

Barack and Joe

Aunty Trump said...

"That review was written by a non-native English speaker.”

LOL, I think you are right, now they are offshoring their asshattery, I mean astroturfery.

Rory said...

It's a good scene. I think there could be an interesting reality show of professional movers moving oddly shaped objects through seemingly impossibly small openings. Sometimes it seems like magic.

rehajm said...

A non-english speaker testing out the newly acquired english, that's who...

BleachBit-and-Hammers said...

the fawning bussword-ers .

Temujin said...

I have to admit that I feel very fortunate to have lived in a time when someone would actually state that "I admit that I am extremely fortunate to have had a chance to pre-order the kindlebook version on August 12, 2019 via Amazon of Barack and Joe: The Making of An Extraordinary Partnership...."

Now that's hilarious. No one on earth would ever say such a thing unless it was the actual author of the book writing his own review or a member of his family.

Groundbreaking? Yeah, as groundbreaking as shovel-ready jobs.

Char Char Binks said...

I’m extremely fortunate to have the chance to pre-order the kindlebook that explains that running mates are chosen to maximize electoral college votes, even if I pass on that chance.

Heartless Aztec said...

Just reading the title is 2 seconds I'll never get back. However your take (down) on it blog essay is worth not only a read but a re-read and a perusal of the comments many of which are infinetly better that the book itself. I didnt fork out any cash - not even a Kindle dollar - for an unreadable book AND I am vastly amused by Althouse and her commenting cohorts. I'm calling it a win/win.

tcrosse said...

Did the earth move?

Aunty Trump said...

"I think there could be an interesting reality show of professional movers moving oddly shaped objects through seemingly impossibly small openings.”

I remember a couple of movers were moving something in our house and they had a lingo worked out. It reminded me of my dad telling us about when he worked mules on the farm he grew up. “Yee..... Haw...” Well, he told us that the crows in the trees had learned the mule commands, but still.

Aunty Trump said...

Leaned to make the sounds. He was a kidder, but I am not sure he was kidding.

Roughcoat said...

Unbelievable.

P.S. Jennifer Anniston is very cute in that scene.

Unknown said...

Crows are notoriously smart... . You want to see amazing moving skills, watch a really skilled driver position a mobile home on a tricky hill lot with obstacles. Mind blowing.

gilbar said...

Roughcoat said...
P.S. Jennifer Anniston is very cute

shortened it for you!

MadisonMan said...

Was that the scene wherein Monica laments not first just bringing up the cushions? (I was binge-watching on a 12+-hour flight recently)

wildswan said...

" Rory said...
It's a good scene. I think there could be an interesting reality show of professional movers moving oddly shaped objects through seemingly impossibly small openings. Sometimes it seems like magic."

Yes but first they have to show the owners with friends trying to get the item through.

cubanbob said...

I see why Obama is reluctant to endorse Biden considering he chose Slow Joe as life insurance.

PB said...

Joe was an insurance policy. No one would harm Barack and risk putting Joe in the oval office.

Iman said...

With all the unread books out there and so little time, that book would not come close to making the cut.

AllenS said...

"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy, and me, of course. I mean, that's a storybook, man." -- JB

Michael K said...

Joe showed Barack where the money spigots were and how to turn them on.

Howard said...

I think Joe showed the heartland that you could still be a racist sort of kind of on the down low but still everyone knows you're a racist and still vote for a black guy for president. These are the people that did not vote for Hillary in the 2016 election.




Michael K said...

I finally watched that clip. One summer in college I worked as a movers' helper. I remember scenes like that one except we didn't even try to get a couch up or down a narrow stairway. I would stand in the window and lower the couch by rope. It was easier as long as it was only the second floor. In Europe you see movers all the time lowering or raising furniture through front windows.

gilbar said...

Howard said that....
"the people that voted for O'Bama, but didn't vote for Hillary did it 'cause they're RACISTS"

You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means"

Howard said...

The couch needs to be on its side with the back down when you get it up there as you walk it up to the first landing and then stand it up on one end on that first landing rotated 90 degrees and then continue up the stairs easy peasy

Ann Althouse said...

"My wife loves that “pivot” scene — she doesn’t often go into convulsions of laughter but that one will do it."

For some reason, that scene did not amuse me. My notes on watching that episode for the first time say: "Phoebe finds a police badge in the chair cushion at the café. Joey has a dream where he and Monica are in love. And Ross buys a sofa and then insists on carrying it home and up the stairs with just Rachel on the other end. Come on! Is this the worst set of 3 stories yet? Why Rachel goes along with the sofa madness, I don't know. I mean, I do know. It's a sitcom. Someone gets a wacky idea, and there's a sidekick to go along with it."

Howard said...

No gilbar, they didn't vote for Hillary because they correctly thought she was a cunt.

Bob Smith said...

God, she’s hot.

Kevin said...

Why would you consider yourself "extremely fortunate" just "to have had a chance to pre-order the kindlebook"?

White guilt.

Kids growing up in the Sahara will have to wait until it hits the remainder pile.

todd galle said...

Guess what I'm doing this afternoon....

Yancey Ward said...

The reviewer is probably Joe Biden.

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

I made it seven seconds into the clip before stopping. That laughter soundtrack is like nails on a chalkboard.

Michael said...

Note that every WaPo writer who penned a nonfiction book wound up on this list. This is known as sucking your own d!ck"

Kevin said...

Barack and Me


Joe Biden is an eccentric, self-taught aspiring White House resident who begins by introducing himself and his family through folksy campaign stops; in a voice-over, he describes himself as "kind of a strange child," the Irish American Catholic middle-class son of a General Motors employee assembling AC Spark Plugs. Biden chronicles how GM had previously defined his childhood while growing up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and how the company was the primary economic and social hub of the town. He points out that Scranton is the place where the hit TV show The Office occurred, resulting in the birth of the genius boss whose brilliance isn’t acknowledged by those in higher positions. He reveals that his heroes were the Scranton natives who had escaped the life in Dunder Mifflin's offices, including Jim, for a time, and others, like the woman who looks like the women who work at WAWA, more permanently.

Initially, he achieves his dream of avoiding the dreary tradition of blue-collared factory life that lays for the majority of the population of Scranton; by moving to Delaware and working as a Congressman, but this venture fails for him and he ultimately travels to the Senate. As he contemplates yet another run for President, Barack Obama announces his own candidacy, which would make him only the second black President behind Bill Clinton. Barack makes this announcement even though the candidate is (according to Biden) lacking in any experience necessary to hold the highest office.

Disguised as a TV journalist from Toledo, Ohio, Biden interviews some campaign workers in Obama’s organization and discovers their strong attraction to the candidate. Biden begins seeking out Obama himself to confront him with an "up-close-and-personal" interview about how he plans to win. He tries to visit Obama at various campaign rallies, yet he is blocked by building security guards for inappropriately touching small children. A campaign spokesman comes to the lobby and exchanges contact information with Biden, initially promising him to discuss an interview with Obama, but due to lack of credentials (since Biden has no crew or even a business card), he refuses to grant him one. Over the course of the campaign, Biden attempts to track down Obama at various places including the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and the Detroit Athletic Club, only to be told that Obama is not there or to leave by employees and security guards.

Limited blogger said...

Obama's been saying "Joe who?"

chickelit said...

@Fernandistein: You left out bidenture.

JaimeRoberto said...

Does Biden have to declare this as a thing of value on his FEC filings?

Lurker21 said...

Obama thought he was golden in 2008. He wasn't expecting impeachment (or assassination) so he didn't want or need an insurance policy. He wanted somebody who wouldn't upstage him. He got that in Biden. Clinton also may have been happy that Obama picked someone who wouldn't challenger her own later campaign.

Politicians' egos are too big to have really close relationships with their running mates (or their children or their spouses). If the Veep is around for the photo opportunities, stays out of the way the rest of the time and doesn't bad mouth the president, it's a good relationship.

Iman said...

About moving heavy objects up staircases... when I was attending college, I got a job delivering/moving pool tables... worked my way up to the service manager within a year... a service manager who still delivered pool tables on occasion. You haven’t had fun until you moved a 4x8 foot, one piece slate up a twisting staircase.

The Cracker Emcee Refulgent said...

Hilarious. The Prog equivalent of the phony Amazon reviews in broken English attached to Chinese knock-offs. In my world, this sort of thing projects laughable weakness, no matter who’s doing it. Curious that they don’t think so.

Roughcoat said...

Every young man, before he embarks on a career path, should have three jobs: construction, furniture mover, and bartender.

tcrosse said...

I can't help thinking of Biden as some sort of placeholder for the real nominee to be named later.

Howard said...

Blogger tcrosse said... I can't help thinking of Biden as some sort of placeholder

Most democrat libtards are clicking the heels of their ruby slippers to make that happen

wendybar said...

Fake friendship and relationship. Obama was embarrassed by Joe..

Jim at said...

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144 in US Presidents

In other words, the same ranking as Obama himself.

Achilles said...

Remember the Obama administration was Scandal Free.

Completely Free.

Of Scandal.

That worked on Women in general.

rcocean said...

The head of the WaPo non-fiction section is helping biden by writing books about him. Anyone surprised? Anyway, Biden was chosen because the Big O needed a DC Establishment white man and Joe fit the bill. You don't want a VP to overshadow you, and Biden never overshadowed anyone. Funny how the Biden's were doing all this funny, corrupt crap in China and Ukraine, and we only heard about it when the Biden's 2019 D opponents and Trump mentioned it.

To The DNC Media its like it never happened.

Michael K said...


Blogger Roughcoat said...

Every young man, before he embarks on a career path, should have three jobs: construction, furniture mover, and bartender.


Well, I had warehouseman, furniture mover and soda jerk. My father owned a tavern but I was gone to college by that time.

FullMoon said...
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Wince said...

Ann Althouse said...
"My wife loves that “pivot” scene — she doesn’t often go into convulsions of laughter but that one will do it."
For some reason, that scene did not amuse me.


Ross reveals (within the informality of friendship) the tendency to arrogate to ourselves the authority we presume is necessary to realize our grand vision, in this case getting an old couch up the stairs, with his growing maniacal impatience with the unwitting friends he enlisted to volunteer their help when it doesn't turn out as planned.

As I said, I caught myself doing exactly that before while moving furniture upstairs, and I found it amusing and funny.

narciso said...

and lets leave out the Obama-biden buddy comedy-mystery written by one of their speechwriters, this actually happened, I don't make this up, I don't have the imagination,

FullMoon said...
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FullMoon said...

narciso said...

and lets leave out the Obama-biden buddy comedy-mystery written by one of their speechwriters, this actually happened, I don't make this up, I don't have the imagination,
...............................................
In the sequel to the New York Times best-selling novel Hope Never Dies, Obama and Biden reprise their roles as BFFs-turned-detectives as they chase Obama's stolen cell phone through the streets of Chicago--and right into a vast conspiracy.

Following a long but successful book tour, Joe Biden has one more stop before he can return home: Chicago. His old pal Barack Obama has invited him to meet a wealthy benefactor whose endorsement could turn the tide for Joe if he decides to run for president.

The two friends barely have time to catch up before another mystery lands in their laps: Obama’s prized Blackberry is stolen. When their number-one suspect winds up full of lead on the South Side, the police are content to write it off as just another gangland shooting. But Joe and Obama smell a rat...

Set against the backdrop of a raucous city on St. Patrick’s Day, Joe and Obama race to find the shooter, only to uncover a vast conspiracy that goes deeper than the waters of Lake Michigan—which is exactly where they’ll spend the rest of their retirement if they’re not careful.

Hope Rides Again: An Obama Biden Mystery (Obama Biden Mysteries)

Narayanan said...

Blogger cubanbob said...
I see why Obama is reluctant to endorse Biden considering he chose Slow Joe as life insurance.

12/8/19, 9:46 AM
Blogger PB said...
Joe was an insurance policy. No one would harm Barack and risk putting Joe in the oval office.
____&&&&&-----
Double Indemnity is failing!

Obama could still tangle up into Ukraine shenanigans.

Narayanan said...

Movers know tensor geometry.!!
It's in their instincts.??