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Details From Jonathan Alter's Book, 'The Promise,' Leak: Obama On Teabaggers, Rahm's Fits, Summers vs. Orszag

The Promise Jonathan Alter Obama

First Posted: 05/19/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:55 PM ET

As Democrats prepare to vote on the historic health-care legislation this weekend, a new look inside the White House is emerging from an upcoming book by Newsweek national-affairs columnist Jonathan Alter that's already being buzzed about in Washington political circles. The Promise, due out from Simon and Schuster in May, chronicles in a blow-by-blow narrative Obama's first turbulent year in office. According to an advance copy obtained by New York, Alter makes the case that early stumbles in vetting appointees and the polarized politics over the stimulus set a course for the rest of the year. While the book doesn't upend the existing narratives about any of the administration's major characters, it adds intimate, at times comic detail about many of them, starting with POTUS. In an interview with Alter on November 30, Obama offered that Republican opposition to the stimulus "helped create the tea-baggers and...

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