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Why Not Me?: The Inside Story of the Making and Unmaking of the Franken Presidency
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Bantam Audio
Publication date February 1, 1999
Binding Cassette/Spoken Word
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780553526103
ISBN-10 0553526103
Dimensions 1.25 by 4 by 7.50 in.
Weight 0.35 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $25.00
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Summary
The best-selling author of Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations shares his entertaining thoughts on the rise and fall of America's forty-third president, drawing on his personal campaign diaries, newspaper clippings, confidential memos, and media responses on his tumultuous 144 days as president. Simultaneous.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: First came Theodore White's The Making of the President, 1960.  Then All the President's Men.  Now the searing chronicle that will forever change the way we view the man and the office .  .  .  

The dramatic rise and dizzying fall of Al Franken, who would become the first Jewish president of the United States.

Franken began his unique American journey in the small town of Christhaven, Minnesota, the self-described "son of the son of immigrants and the son of a daughter of a son and daughter of immigrants."

Follow the Franken campaign from its infancy as the candidate pledges "to walk the state of New Hampshire, diagonally and then from side to side." As he candidly admits "causing pain in his marriage," then boldly refuses to dignify any questions from the media regarding past, present, or future sexual behavior.  

Go behind the scenes and meet Team Franken, the candidate's brain trust.  Including brother and deputy campaign manager Otto, a recovering sex addict and alcoholic.  Campaign manager Norm Ornstein, the think-tank policy wonk who masterminds the single-issue (ATM fees) campaign.  Media consultant Dick Morris, who exploits the shocking millennium bug-induced "ATM meltdown" by building an ad campaign around a diabetic woman who loses her right foot after computers erase all her ATM deposits.  And former Grizzly Adams star Dan Haggerty.  

Cheer as Franken stuns the pundits by defeating Al Gore for the Democratic nomination, then is swept into office with a landslide victory over Newt Gingrich.  As he chooses an all-Jewish Cabinet because "America doesn't want a Cabinet that looks like America, it wants a Cabinet the President is comfortable with."

Then, through excerpts from Bob Woodward's detailed account of the first hundred days, The Void, go inside the Franken White House.  Gripped by crisis from day one, the president develops a severe case of chronic fatigue syndrome.  After the highly medicated chief executive exhibits a roller coaster of bipolar behavior, including the "slugging Nelson Mandela" incident and an attempt to clone himself, Franken is forced to cooperate with the Joint Congressional Committee on the President's Mood Swings.  And when the committee releases Franken's personal diaries to the public, his presidency faces its ultimate crisis.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780385318099 Book cover for 9780786218660
 
Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (June 1, 1999)
9780786218660 | details & prices | 480 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $29.95
About: The author shares his thoughts on the rise and fall of America's forty-third president, drawing on his personal campaign diaries, newspaper clippings, confidential memos, and media responses on his tumultuous 144 days as president
from Delacorte Pr (January 1, 1999)
9780385318099 | details & prices | 289 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.25 lbs | List price $23.95
About: The author shares his thoughts on the rise and fall of America's forty-third president, drawing on his personal campaign diaries, newspaper clippings, confidential memos, and media responses on his tumultuous 144 days as president
Paperback
Book cover for 9780385334549
 
from Delta (March 1, 2000)
9780385334549 | details & prices | 304 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $14.00
About: A satire of presidential politics examines the rise and fall of America's forty-third president, drawing on personal diaries and other sources to chronicle his tumultuous 144 days as president
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780553526103
 
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from Bantam Audio (February 1, 1999)
9780553526103 | details & prices | 4.00 × 7.50 × 1.25 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $25.00
About: A fictional account of the comic's presidency draws on his campaign diaries, newspaper clippings, confidential memos, and media responses to his tumultuous 144 days in office.

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