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Jonathan Alter's The Promise

ThePromiseAuthor and senior editor at Newsweek (amongst other things) Jonathan Alter joins the show to talk about his new book, The Promise: President Obama, Year One.  

This interview comes after Obama's second address on the State of the Union.  Alter suggests that popular expectations had Obama being a great communicator but struggling in terms of executive leadership.  Alter poses that things have been just the opposite: Obama's had communication troubles and accomplished more in terms of his record since President Lyndon Johnson.

I like the way that Alter communicates in this interview.  I haven't read much of his work, but his interview has my interest piqued about his new book.

(And interesting factoid from my Wiki research:  Alter's wife, Emily Lazar, is a producer of a little show called The Colbert Report.)


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