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Obama's BlackBerry

by Kasper Hauser

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“Now, for the first time, ‘We The People’ are privy to our new leader’s epistolary back-and-forths on his wily hand-held device. Weíre about to discover that his emails (and the replies, from his wife and daughters, Biden, Palen, Rush, Hannity, the new first puppy and even Bush) are so tuned in to the language of electronic correspondence they come hilariously close to the brink of legibility.”

That’s a blurb for ‘Obama’s Blackberry,’ by Kasper Hauser. Essentially, it’s a picture book that pretends to be the contents of Obama’s handheld communications device. This concept has several flaws, but allow me to exemplify the most glaring. This is the text message conversation that led to me reviewing this book.

"LeisurelyEditor: Hey, you wanna review a book people might actually read this week?
Da_HeMan: You know I prefer more high-minded fare.
LeisurelyEditor: Wut I meant was, do you want to keep your job?
Da_HeMan: What did you have in mind?"

As it turns out, most people are tremendously boring – that’s why no one ever wants to read your journal. Even when you fill in Sarah Palin and Barack Obama for me and my editor, it’s still not all that funny.
I may be spoiling the book for you, but there are only four jokes in the whole publication: Sarah Palin is gullible, Arnold Schwarzenegger thinks he’s ‘Rambo,’ Joe Biden doesn’t do much and Bill Clinton is horny. Almost every page involves a variation on one of those themes.

This is not a premise for a full-fledged book (which makes sense, since it’s only 144 pages long). It’s barely a premise for a blog, which I imagine is where the idea came from.

Don’t get me wrong. I think the Internet is a wonderful thing, filled with all manner of LOLcats, tweets and various other creations that, by all rights, never should have existed. But there’s a reason we find people who post Craigslist personals, Pete Hoekstra and their ilk hilarious – the cost.

Comedy works on the Internet because: a) it’s a short-form medium, and b) it’s free. We don’t give anything (save our eyeballs to advertisers), so we don’t expect a lot. Comedy depends on expectations ñ if you aren’t expecting much, it’s usually funnier than something that’s over-hyped. This is why Larry the Cable Guy was able to have a career for five or six years.

After the Internet has been downloaded, proofread, bound and had a price sticker slapped on it, it’s no longer funny. Hell, it doesn’t even work for newspapers and they were around before the Internet. I’m going to enlighten you with a novel concept I’ve discovered: People don’t want to pay for things they can get for free.

All that being said, I’d recommend reading this book – in the store. Or at least, go to Amazon and click on the ‘Look inside!’ button. It’s pretty much the same thing, and you can save yourself $14 and the 20 minutes it takes to get through the whole thing. ( )
  thoughtbox | May 28, 2016 |
In terms of a short, coffee table style book, this satire of what we might find on Obama's Blackberry is laugh out loud funny. It's short and sweet, and simply amusing. Fun little read. ( )
  mjmbecky | Oct 4, 2009 |
This book was light and funny. It has made the rounds in our house and everyone who has read it finds it amusing. It is written to look as thought you are reading President Obama's blackberry on each page so it is a quick read ( )
  bookaholicmom | Sep 23, 2009 |
Obama’s Blackberry by Kasper Hauser (a group of people, not just one man) is strictly a humor book for those among us who are politically inclined. Each page has, with a graphic of a Blackberry, texts supposedly passed back and forth between US President Obama and other world figures, leaders, and famous people. You have Oprah, McCain, Palin, George W. Bush, Geithner, Rumsfeld, Gates, Osama… you get the picture. The book exists to let us as Americans look at our leaders and laugh a little bit. You know how we love to make fun of our Presidents! Abe Lincoln sure is having fun up there in Heaven. And, well, we love to poke fun at other world leaders, too. The book doesn’t exactly portray anyone in a serious light and Icelandic navy books ARE made fun of. The only thing I would say is that you have to understand politics and some of the issues surrounding politicians and international relations to get the most out of Obama‘s Blackberry. If you don’t know what is going on as far as politics are concerned, you are likely going to be lost or else not get the full weight of the jokes. The book is light, small, and enjoyable. I finished it in an hour. It’s a good book for just sitting down for a while to have a laugh. ( )
  morbidromantic | Aug 6, 2009 |
O'BAMA'S Blackberry by Kasper Hauser

"OBAMA'S Blackberry" is a small and fun book. Not every entry bowled me over with laughter, but most entries cracked me up with laughter. Overall, I would count it as a good book to carry on a bus or subway as you head to work. It's a good book for the beach too. I enjoyed seeing the different names of people in government: Of course, our President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Biden, Alan Greenspan, etc. I really enjoyed reading Mahlia's entries. Her entries, Michelle's entries and Bill Clinton's words struck me as true blue, not out of character at all. Sasha has text on the blackberry too. I do see Sasha as a little girl who can easily make friends. It was hard for me to remember that all the entries are fictional, pretend. Now, if we can only get our hands on a blackberry with what their really texting one another.

To me President OBama came across as the Great Listener and the workaholic. He's constantly being bugged by all of his fellow workers who want a moment of relief from work and stress. After reading this do I want a blackberry? No, not yet. By the way, this is a good beach book too. ( )
  Tea58 | Jul 14, 2009 |
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When Obama stated that if elected, he would keep his Blackberry, debate echoed through Washington and among the ranks of the Secret Service. What would it be like to have a president who could Twitter, send text messages, and navigate the web with ease? What would it be like to receive a text message from inside the Oval Office and, most importantly, what would it say?

Now, for the first time, We The People are privy to our new leader's epistolary back-and-forths on his wily hand-held device. We're about to discover that his emails (and the replies, from his wife and daughters, Biden, Palen, Rush, Hannity, the new first puppy, and even Bush) are so tuned in to the language of electronic correspondence they come hilariously close to the brink of legibility.

This giftable, imagined glimpse into Obama's beloved Blackberry traverses the mundane and momentous contours of the Commander in Chief's life, from security briefings to spam, basketball practice to domestic bliss, and the panic of oops-I-hit-reply-all, to, of course, the trauma of dealing with the First Mother In Law.


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