Wednesday, September 21, 2011

All Booked Up

I’ve been wondering when some sort of insider book on the Obama administration would be coming out, and I guess one has.

The problem with this or any book about any president is that it’s not really all that interesting unless you’re a West Wing kind of nerd and you get off on listening in on gossip about people you don’t know doing things that have no real context. They’re talking about someone’s management style as if that is a true measure of how successful or not they will be. I’ve worked for people whose office looked like the bottom of a birdcage and treated people like shit and got amazing things done, and I’ve worked for people who were organized and dispassionate and accomplished just as much. Or sometimes nothing at all.

The whole point is that these kinds of inside-the-Beltway inside-baseball books don’t really mean much except to give people we don’t care about a little airtime on daytime cable TV.