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Hewitt Has High Praise for Jonathan Alter’s New Book

Thursday, 20 May 2010 05:33 PM

By Jim Meyers

Conservative radio talk show host and former Reagan administration official Hugh Hewitt has high praise for Newsweek Senior Editor Jonathan Alter’s new book about President Obama’s first year in office.

He sat down on Wednesday for an interview with Hewitt, a lawyer, law professor and Emmy-winning broadcast journalist whose radio show is heard in more than 120 cities across the country every weekday afternoon.

Alter’s newly released book, “The Promise: President Obama, Year One,” has garnered major media attention for its riveting insider’s perspective on what happened during Obama’s first year.

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Alter’s book is “a very impressive effort,” according to Hewitt, whose Reagan administration jobs included Assistant Counsel in the White House.
“I’m stunned by the amount of work that went into this,” he told Alter.

“There’s a lot of reporting here, and beautiful writing, which I’ve been led to expect. But I wonder, what’s the reaction in the White House, because it’s very revealing, and I’m going to urge all conservatives to read this.

“At the same time, you don’t pull any punches, in some respects, when you suggest to the president he’s got to sort of reconnect with his A game when it comes to communication.”

Alter said: “I haven’t heard anything directly from them. But indirectly, some people think it’s O.K. Other people are ticked off about it. So it’s a mixed bag. That’s kind of where I wanted to be.

“I wasn’t trying to write a puff job or hatchet job. And my feeling is that whatever people might think of my own politics or punditry or whatever, that’s not what I’m doing in this book. I’m just trying to give people more information on which to make their own judgment.”

Alter also gave an interview to Newsmax.TV two days before the Hewitt sit-down. He said in the interview that Obama has failed in one of the most important jobs a president faces: persuading the country to follow him.

He also told Newsmax that Obama will move to the right if Democrats lose big in the midterm elections. He predicted the president could face a primary challenge from both the left and the right in 2012, and suggested the possibility that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden could switch places in a second term — although Alter revealed that Obama feels he could be a one-term president.

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