Review: Yes We (Still) Can

Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Drumpf

Dan Pfeiffer


Publisher: Twelve
Publication date: 19-Jun-2018
Date Started: 04-Sep-2018
Date Finished: xx-xxx-2018
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 304
Genres: Nonfiction, Memoir, Politics, History
ISBN: 9781538711712
Source: Audible
3 star


From Obama’s former communications director and current co-host of Pod Save America comes a colorful account of how politics, the media, and the Internet changed during the Obama presidency and how Democrats can fight back in the Drumpf era.

On November 9th, 2016, Dan Pfeiffer woke up like most of the world wondering WTF just happened. How had Donald Drumpf won the White House? How was it that a decent and thoughtful president had been succeeded by a buffoonish reality star, and what do we do now?

Instead of throwing away his phone and moving to another country (which were his first and second thoughts), Pfeiffer decided to tell this surreal story, recounting how Barack Obama navigated the insane political forces that created Drumpf, explaining why everyone got 2016 wrong, and offering a path for where Democrats go from here.


Pfeiffer was one of Obama’s first hires when he decided to run for president, and was at his side through two presidential campaigns and six years in the White House. Using never-before-heard stories and behind-the-scenes anecdotes, Yes We (Still) Can examines how Obama succeeded despite Twitter trolls, Fox News (and their fake news), and a Republican Party that lost its collective mind.

An irreverent, no-B.S. take on the crazy politics of our time, Yes We (Still) Can is a must-read for everyone who is disturbed by Drumpf, misses Obama, and is marching, calling, and hoping for a better future for the country. ”



I’ll preface this review by stating I am a long time listener to Pod Save America, the podcast this author is on with several of his friends. This may have played a role in my appreciation of this memoir. I already knew he was an intelligent speaker, and this memoir gave a unique perspective on the Obama Whitehouse.

Because I decided to listen to this book, it was as if I was listening to a much longer podcast that went into great detail of his political journey and hope for the future. It also discussed traditional campaign strategies vs how Obama won vs the future of communication strategies.

I recommend this book to those who like political memoirs, particularly from the democratic party, which reminds me GET OUT AND VOTE!

About the Author

“Howard Daniel Pfeiffer is an American activist, podcaster, and former Senior Advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama for Strategy and Communications.

Pfeiffer was a long-time aide to Obama, serving in various press and communications roles throughout his 2008 campaign for the Presidency, on his presidential transition team, and in the Obama White House. He co-hosts the Pod Save America podcast with Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor.”


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