Book Dishes Dirt on Valerie Jarrett
Liberals have lots of dirt with the constant lies they tell.
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Jonathan Alter is back on the Obama beat with a new book, The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies, “detailing the backstory of the big events of 2011 and 2012.” Alter, who grew up here, makes no small claims for the book’s importance because its focus, he writes, is on the “most consequential” election of the nine he has covered since graduating from college in 1979. The contest between Obama and Mitt Romney, Alter explains, was a “titanic ideological struggle over the way Americans see themselves and their obligations to one another. The social contract established during the New Deal era was on the line.” Romney, Alter adds, wanted “low taxes and a shrunken government as the handmaiden of business.”
Obviously, Alter’s heart is with Obama and his team of strategists, who won the President a second term despite a miserable economy and evaporating enthusiasm for the hometown boy. “I make no apologies for suggesting that the U.S. dodged a bullet in 2012 by rejecting this [Romney and Paul Ryan’s] extreme view…”
The latest from Alter, 55, a 28-year veteran of Newsweek, now working as a columnist for Bloomberg View, is a sequel to The Promise, an analysis of Obama’s first year in the White House.
Alter had access to Obama for that book; this time he did not, but he claims to have interviewed more than 200 people, followed by the caveat, ubiquitous in inside-the-beltway books, “many on background.” He thanks a long list of people by name who shared observations, insights, anecdotes, plenty of them Chicagoans—Valerie Jarrett, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Bill Daley, John Rogers, Marty Nesbitt, Austan Goolsbee, among them.