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A Presidency in Peril: The Inside Story of Obama's Alliance with Wall Street
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A Presidency in Peril: The Inside Story of Obama's Alliance with Wall Street
Author: Robert Kuttner

Robert Kuttnercofounder and coeditor of The American Prospect magazine, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the think tank Demos, and author of the New York Times best seller Obamas Challenge: Americas Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformative Presidency, the most prescient political book of 2008has written a new book. A Presidency in Peril: The Inside Story of Obamas Promise, Wall Streets Power, and the Struggle to Control our Economic Future is available now from the Chelsea Green bookstore, from, and booksellers everywhere.

Can Barack Obama redeem his presidency?

Throughout his first year, Obama dismayed many of his most fervent supporters by failing to make a Roosevelt-scale break with the old economic order that brought the economy to crisis. He sought common ground with Republicans who were determined to destroy him. He gave priority to Wall Street over Main Street. The far right began to appropriate the populist anger.

In this definitive account of Obamas first 14 months, best selling author and economic critic Robert Kuttner tells the story of why Obama did not rise to the occasion in 2009, how he filled his administration with the same financial elites that produced the collapseand how Obama can still redeem his presidency and the promise of a new progressive era.

As Kuttner explains, the wake-up call after the Massachusetts senate election and Obamas belated leadership on health reform are just the beginning of a long road back to the hopes that Obama kindled as a candidate. Kuttner concludes by reporting on the interplay of progressive activism on the ground and presidential leadership in the White House. /

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  -A Presidency in Peril: The Inside Story of Obama's Alliance with Wall Street Better Believe It  Jul-06-10 01:39 PM   #0 
  - Kick  DJ13   Jul-06-10 01:43 PM   #1 
  - I did too, but it says the 24 hours for rec'ing are up.  sabrina 1   Jul-07-10 01:44 PM   #52 
  - K&R  Hell Hath No Fury   Jul-06-10 01:46 PM   #2 
  - It's THE most disturbing  Goodnight   Jul-07-10 10:56 AM   #37 
     - War, torture, and permanent detention without trial  Capitalocracy   Jul-07-10 01:07 PM   #43 
        - Yes, but the wars are allowed to go on because his Wall Street buddies profit from them  Goodnight   Jul-07-10 02:25 PM   #60 
  - K&R  BrklynLiberal   Jul-06-10 01:58 PM   #3 
  - Too bad not more info at the link  Hydra   Jul-06-10 02:06 PM   #4 
  - You can get more information at this Amazon link:  Better Believe It   Jul-06-10 02:15 PM   #6 
  - Deleted sub-thread  Name removed   Jul-06-10 02:06 PM   #5 
  - kr  inna   Jul-06-10 02:38 PM   #7 
  - Am surprised Kuttner did not 'get' that kabuki dance.  ooglymoogly   Jul-07-10 11:41 AM   #38 
  - It's just business as usual.  blindpig   Jul-06-10 04:28 PM   #8 
  - Unless or Until we can elect someone who...  bvar22   Jul-06-10 05:35 PM   #9 
     - the man in your sig is the one who OUGHT to be in the WH now.  grasswire   Jul-06-10 06:22 PM   #10 
     - Accidents happen...  Octafish   Jul-06-10 10:27 PM   #16 
        - More often than not, ONLY to liberal Democrats.  HughBeaumont   Jul-07-10 08:51 AM   #26 
           - Wellstone stood for peace.  Octafish   Jul-07-10 09:01 AM   #28 
              - +++  Bluebear   Jul-08-10 04:46 PM   #76 
     - Like FDR, JFK was viewed as a class traitor.  Mimosa   Jul-06-10 06:24 PM   #11 
     - That person would have to drive around in a Popemobile 24-7.  HughBeaumont   Jul-07-10 08:45 AM   #25 
     - Wait . . . they SHOT the Pope while he was in a Popemobile . . . didn't they?  defendandprotect   Jul-07-10 01:41 PM   #48 
        - Mehmet Ali Agca shot the Pope while he was in an open car greeting the crowd.  HughBeaumont   Jul-07-10 07:06 PM   #62 
           - Thanks . . . somehow my memory was that he was in one of those funny carts--!!  defendandprotect   Jul-08-10 04:46 PM   #75 
           - Actually he was riding in something quite open . . .  defendandprotect   Jul-08-10 04:51 PM   #77 
     - I love that  femrap   Jul-07-10 11:56 AM   #40 
  - Sounds like a must read book  Mimosa   Jul-06-10 06:27 PM   #12 
  - That was the day any "hope" I had died.  Hell Hath No Fury   Jul-07-10 10:22 AM   #35 
     - Agree --  defendandprotect   Jul-07-10 01:29 PM   #46 
     - Ditto  Carolina   Jul-07-10 02:08 PM   #58 
  - K&R  amborin   Jul-06-10 08:22 PM   #13 
  - The fact is that big money interests can hold our country hostage.  killbotfactory   Jul-06-10 08:41 PM   #14 
  - I think you are right. But it must change or we die.  glinda   Jul-06-10 10:24 PM   #15 
  - "Can"?  HughBeaumont   Jul-07-10 08:57 AM   #27 
  - NATURE will play the final cards in this because capitalism is not only  defendandprotect   Jul-07-10 01:38 PM   #47 
  - If he wants to redeem his presidency, he had better start right now.  Dr.Phool   Jul-07-10 12:05 AM   #17 
  - Don't think anyone goes this far in this direction unintentionally....  defendandprotect   Jul-07-10 01:42 PM   #49 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jul-07-10 01:07 AM   #18 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jul-07-10 01:26 AM   #19 
  - The people who decided that Obama and Clinton were the only "serious" candidates  eridani   Jul-07-10 02:51 AM   #20 
  - MSM pushed out anyone more liberal . . .  defendandprotect   Jul-07-10 01:43 PM   #51 
  - You ask that in a way that makes me suspect you have some  Jackpine Radical   Jul-07-10 09:05 AM   #30 
  - Recommend  xchrom   Jul-07-10 06:21 AM   #21 
  - K&R  Odin2005   Jul-07-10 07:55 AM   #22 
  - Obama Needs A PLAN!  marketbreakaway   Jul-07-10 08:14 AM   #23 
  - Obama needs to FIRE all of his corporate advisors & appoint progressives  AnArmyVeteran   Jul-07-10 08:41 AM   #24 
  - Your plan is out of Glenn Beck's playbook. Whatever... n/t  TBF   Jul-07-10 09:35 AM   #33 
  - To be fair  JonLP24   Jul-08-10 01:11 PM   #73 
  - Thoughtful suggestions.  midnight   Jul-09-10 06:26 AM   #80 
  - K&R  NorthCarolina   Jul-07-10 09:01 AM   #29 
  - Maybe they're on holiday?  liberation   Jul-07-10 12:04 PM   #42 
  - I think we stand a better chance being represented if we fight for  Jefferson23   Jul-07-10 09:15 AM   #31 
  - In fighting for anything . .. the first step is for Americans to UNITE ....  defendandprotect   Jul-07-10 01:49 PM   #54 
  - "This guy is just an asshole who hates puppies and freedom...." in 5, 4, 3, 2 nt  Guy Whitey Corngood   Jul-07-10 09:20 AM   #32 
  - Will buy soon!  BEZERKO   Jul-07-10 09:55 AM   #34 
  - Roosevelt-scale break with the old economic order  grantcart   Jul-07-10 10:41 AM   #36 
  - Interesting insight. (nt)  redqueen   Jul-07-10 11:43 AM   #39 
  - I would prefer Roosevelt had destroyed capitalism rather than reform and regulate it  laughingliberal   Jul-07-10 11:57 AM   #41 
  - I have to agree with you  Dragonfli   Jul-07-10 01:10 PM   #45 
  - I agree.  Starry Messenger   Jul-07-10 01:43 PM   #50 
  - How can you 'destroy' Capitalism?  Flatulo   Jul-07-10 01:48 PM   #53 
  - Capitalism rewards the "natural instincts" of sociopaths.  Starry Messenger   Jul-07-10 02:06 PM   #57 
     - You should talk to people who comre from failed Socialist states.  Flatulo   Jul-07-10 10:15 PM   #64 
     - Oh, you know people.  Starry Messenger   Jul-08-10 12:58 AM   #65 
     - Rather than believe some anonymous internet poster, educate yourself. nt  Flatulo   Jul-08-10 10:24 AM   #69 
        - Oh, I am. nt.  Starry Messenger   Jul-08-10 11:58 AM   #70 
     - Why? We're going to get to witness a failed capitalist state up close and personal.  laughingliberal   Jul-08-10 02:56 AM   #66 
     - "Socialist" states???!!!! Why do you call those Stalinized bureaucratic regimes socialist?  Better Believe It   Jul-08-10 12:40 PM   #71 
        - I wouldn't have made a difference...  Flatulo   Jul-08-10 01:02 PM   #72 
           - Your response is yet another demonstration of how little is understood by  Better Believe It   Jul-08-10 04:06 PM   #74 
              - I generally trust what history has taught us. For example, the Danes  Flatulo   Jul-08-10 09:51 PM   #79 
                 - Which one?  Better Believe It   Jul-09-10 01:00 PM   #81 
                    - Thanks for your candor and civility, But I have to question the  Flatulo   Jul-09-10 05:59 PM   #83 
     - I thank you for answering in my stead and far better than I might have. nt  laughingliberal   Jul-08-10 02:58 AM   #67 
  - Americans have to talk politics with one another . . .  defendandprotect   Jul-07-10 02:10 PM   #59 
  - Many have pointed out that regulation saved capitalism from itself . . .  defendandprotect   Jul-07-10 02:02 PM   #56 
  - k and r  Hassin Bin Sober   Jul-07-10 01:09 PM   #44 
  - Obama piss it away .  RATM435   Jul-07-10 01:51 PM   #55 
  - Good question . . . how much of what BP has told him over 75 days does he really believe?  defendandprotect   Jul-07-10 02:28 PM   #61 
     - You said it.  Bluebear   Jul-07-10 07:13 PM   #63 
  - This is very sad to me  LaurenG   Jul-08-10 08:22 AM   #68 
  - If it is not already too late..  sendero   Jul-08-10 04:56 PM   #78 
  - Obama is one of the financial elites.  sulphurdunn   Jul-09-10 03:11 PM   #82 

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