YAF Alumna Katie Kieffer's new book on Obama's empty promises to millennials. If you're looking for a good summer read, we recommend this book!
An Excerpt from the Introduction of
Katie Kieffer's book
Let Me Be Clear
Obama's War on Millennials, and One Woman's Case for Hope
Dear Barack Obama,
Let me begin by borrowing one of your favorite phrases. Let me
be clear: I am a young American and I am writing on behalf of
my generation. We are the Millennial Generation and we are 95
million strong…You promised us jobs, hope, and change. In the
end, you followed through only on the "change."
You duped Millennials…not once but twice and implemented
unconstitutional decrees that robbed us of the opportunities that
we deserve. We are the first generation of Americans to be
financially worse off than our parents. Your puerile policies and
pomposity have rendered it nearly impossible for us to achieve the
You chatted it up with our favorite hosts like Fallon, Leno, and
Stewart; you seemed like a nice, regular guy and Millennials
trusted you. You saturated social media with false hope. You
endorsed voyeuristic YouTube videos by Hollywood celebrities
targeted at college students for your presidential campaign.
With the aid of your teleprompter, you traveled the
college-campus circuit, promising us that you would help us find
jobs when we graduated and that you would make college more
affordable; you encouraged us all to go to college and twisted our
arms to take out massive loans. Meanwhile, your administration was
profiting off our backs.
Law school students acquired colossal debt and passed the bar
exam only to end up working as coffee baristas; Ivy league
graduates applied for third-rate jobs just to get by;
and youth abandoned their dreams as nurses, doctors, and
surgeons to take mind-numbing but higher-paying office jobs
within the government.
You told us that you were reforming health care and making it
more affordable, but you did not tell young medical students how
hard it would be for them to care for their patients or make a
profit as physicians under Obamacare. We thought you were being
"transparent" when you told us we could keep our doctor and our
health-care plan if we liked it; we didn't realize you had your
fingers crossed behind your back.
You promised to create 7 million new jobs and to help
entrepreneurs of my generation become "the next Steve Jobs." Then
you hardly worked on the economy at all; you spent nearly twice as
much time on the golf course as you did in economic meetings.
Meanwhile, my generation of highly educated Americans was
underemployed and drowning in the student debt that you advised us
to take out. Our credit was terrible; we couldn't buy homes and we
often had nowhere to turn but our parents' basements. We put off
marriage, and many of us will delay parenthood for so long that we
may never see our own grandchildren.
You sent young men and women into hopeless battles where they
had their limbs blown off by savage brutes and earned an epidemic
of PTSD. When these brave troops returned home, you withheld their
benefits and imprisoned them unjustly- sending them spiraling into
You rendered my entire generation defenseless and vulnerable to
terror and violence; you attacked our Second Amendment rights; you
threatened to hunt us down with lethal drone force; you allowed
young Americans to die in easily preventable terror attacks.
Your administration lied to my friends about guns in order to
buy their votes. You did not just mislead; you are culpable for
setting us against each other and creating an aura of distrust that
clouds our relationships; you are accountable for promoting gun
regulations that left us susceptible to mass violence in our
schools and workplaces.
You were the Executive Con Man of one gigantic pyramid scheme
where young people hustled to knock on doors…in both 2008 and 2012
only to be forgotten by you…you prioritized getting down in a
dance-off with Usher; jetting off to play eighteen holes with
Tiger; and eavesdropping on journalists with Holder.
You shirked responsibility for the misery you imposed on my
generation. Your economic, social, and national security policies
have left both literal and metaphorical bloodstains on your hands
for killing the hopes, careers, and dreams of young Americans for
your own political gain.
Your administration's lies and incompetence anger me on my own
behalf and on behalf of my friends. You have done such extensive
damage to my generation that I decided to share and expose our
story. You are now accountable to us. I expect you to read this
book; I believe you will find it quite eye-opening.
Excerpted from LET ME BE CLEAR
Copyright © 2014 by Katie Kieffer to be
published June 24 by Crown Forum, a
division of Random House LLC, a