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Oh Daddy Chronicles
by Barry Robbins

Overview


The Oh Daddy Chronicles is a contemporary political satire.  It pokes fun at just about everyone, but especially at the 45th President of the United States - a guy named Trump.  A lot of ground is covered in 46 irreverent, offbeat, and easy-to-read episodes, in which no one and no thing is sacred - not even a grilled cheese sandwich.  Much of the action takes place in the Oval Office itself, through whose doors enter Ivanka, Don Jr., Pence, Pompeo, Barr, Giuliani, Fauci, Cuomo, and Conway, to name just a few.

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Description


No one and no thing is safe in the Oh Daddy Chronicles - a political satire taking dead aim at the 45th President of the United States - a guy named Trump. It's structured as largely independent skit-like episodes, each one taking on a different target. One reviewer described it as: "This is Saturday Night Live, in written form, on steroids." Who am I to argue?

The episodes generally take actual events we're familiar with, toss in a healthy dose of comic imagination, and put everything in a blender. What emerges is anyone's guess, but it's usually pretty funny. The "Chronicles" answers questions such as why the President was so into hydroxychloroquine and how his cognitive impairment exam actually went.

Helping to carry the burden of irreverence is a motley assortment of lovable supporting characters - Squishie the FedEx deliveryman, the fortune cookie master Wang So Fun, the tomato sauce expert Giuseppe Sauceatoni and, of course, Melania's dear Uncle Slobodan, the pig farmer from Zagorje ob Savi.


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About the author


Barry Robbins is a retired CPA with a keen interest in things having nothing to do with accounting. He graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1975 with BS and MS degrees. He worked 26 years for a large international accounting firm. Then he quit. He moved to Helsinki, Finland with his Finnish wife and two beautiful daughters. After living there full time for 12 years, he began dividing his time between Finland and Florida. He now spends most of his time in Florida. The years spent in Europe allow him to see the U.S. through different eyes —from both the inside and the outside.  This, plus his experience as a freelance ghostwriter of book reports for lazy third graders, makes him uniquely qualified to serve as Chronicler-in Chief of the Oh Daddy Chronicles.

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Book details

Genre:HUMOR

Subgenre:Topic / Political

Language:English

Pages:234

Format:Paperback

eBook ISBN:9781098333898

Paperback ISBN:9781098333881


Overview


The Oh Daddy Chronicles is a contemporary political satire.  It pokes fun at just about everyone, but especially at the 45th President of the United States - a guy named Trump.  A lot of ground is covered in 46 irreverent, offbeat, and easy-to-read episodes, in which no one and no thing is sacred - not even a grilled cheese sandwich.  Much of the action takes place in the Oval Office itself, through whose doors enter Ivanka, Don Jr., Pence, Pompeo, Barr, Giuliani, Fauci, Cuomo, and Conway, to name just a few.

Read more

Description


No one and no thing is safe in the Oh Daddy Chronicles - a political satire taking dead aim at the 45th President of the United States - a guy named Trump. It's structured as largely independent skit-like episodes, each one taking on a different target. One reviewer described it as: "This is Saturday Night Live, in written form, on steroids." Who am I to argue?

The episodes generally take actual events we're familiar with, toss in a healthy dose of comic imagination, and put everything in a blender. What emerges is anyone's guess, but it's usually pretty funny. The "Chronicles" answers questions such as why the President was so into hydroxychloroquine and how his cognitive impairment exam actually went.

Helping to carry the burden of irreverence is a motley assortment of lovable supporting characters - Squishie the FedEx deliveryman, the fortune cookie master Wang So Fun, the tomato sauce expert Giuseppe Sauceatoni and, of course, Melania's dear Uncle Slobodan, the pig farmer from Zagorje ob Savi.


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About the author


Barry Robbins is a retired CPA with a keen interest in things having nothing to do with accounting. He graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1975 with BS and MS degrees. He worked 26 years for a large international accounting firm. Then he quit. He moved to Helsinki, Finland with his Finnish wife and two beautiful daughters. After living there full time for 12 years, he began dividing his time between Finland and Florida. He now spends most of his time in Florida. The years spent in Europe allow him to see the U.S. through different eyes —from both the inside and the outside.  This, plus his experience as a freelance ghostwriter of book reports for lazy third graders, makes him uniquely qualified to serve as Chronicler-in Chief of the Oh Daddy Chronicles.

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Renee
Reviewed by Renee Guill for Readers' Favorite Oh Daddy Chronicles by Barry Robbins is a political satire that reads like a TV show. Similar to a Saturday Night Live episode, it makes fun of everyone, especially President Trump. It gives answers to questions, like why the president wanted to use hydroxychloroquine and what happened with the Bible incident. It is pretty one-sided. You meet characters like Melania, the first lady, Ivanka Trump, President Putin, Andrew Cuomo and other political people that work for the president. I thought that Oh Daddy by Barry Robbins was hilarious! I could not stop laughing. I should warn you, some of the language might be offensive to some people. Also, depending on what side you are on, you might not enjoy the humor. I loved the style of the writing, even getting the first lady’s accent. I thought it was hard to choose just one favorite episode, so I will list my top three favorites. I loved the Who’s On First episode; it is based on the Abbott and Costello Who’s On First skit. I also loved the Quark one, especially the Star Trek part. And the one about the villages in Florida. I thought the world-building was pretty well done, especially the Jared Kushner painting. I thought it was a unique and fun way to learn the behind the scenes of the White House. If you need a good laugh and follow politics, then I would definitely recommend this book. You may not want to read in public, as you will be laughing out loud, a lot. Read more
Megan
Creative, Hilarious, and Highly Entertaining Oh Daddy Chronicles is a hilarious political satire by the very talented Barry Robbins. This book takes Donald Trump as its main target with special appearances of Vladimir Putin, Kim Jung Un, Melania Trump, and many more political figures. I really enjoyed this book and everyone should pick this up if they are in need of a laugh. The book is laid out like small episodes, which made the book practically impossible to put down! As soon as one skit was finished - I was eager to read the next, and the next, and before you know it you have finished and are yearning for more. Each episode takes on a different issue regarding Trump such as ventilators, relationship with Melania, TikTok, Twitter, and much more. Although this book is hilarious, Robbins definitely makes some serious political points that are masked by satire. This is especially apparent regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and Trump’s terrible approach is shown through humor. Also, I appreciated the educational notes added throughout, these are just brief notes that clarified information that not everyone is instantly familiar with. It allows the reader to appreciate the jokes more and fully understand the skit. For example, there is an ‘educational interjection’ regarding a skit about Trump’s mistake over Melania’s birthplace, and it just states where she is from. It made the joke much funnier. My favorite skit is called ‘Yes We’re Going to a Party, Party’, which is about Trump’s birthday. I loved reading about the gifts he got from each person e.g. receiving an annotated US constitution and then Trump’s insistence to move on quickly as well as ‘A Beginner’s Guide to English Words’- this made me chuckle! Additionally, I found the ‘TikTok’ skit very funny. Despite being quite short it is a great conversation between Trump and his son Barron. Of course - this book has a bias against Trump, which might not go down too well with his supporters, but nonetheless, I’m sure everyone can have a giggle at the skits in this book. Overall, I highly recommend this book to any comedy lover or anyone who keeps up with politics in the USA. It is creative and hilarious, and Barry Robbins has some risky jokes that certainly pay off to create his points and arguments against Trump’s actions. Despite being from the UK, I fully appreciate the humor about what is going on across the pond! So do not be put off if you are not American! All in all - this is a 5* read. Read more
Lex
Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite The Oh Daddy Chronicles by Barry Robbins is described as “a contemporary political satire” that “takes current events and explains what we thought was unexplainable.” The book, however, thrusts much deeper into the heart of satire and, in reality, is a total lampooning of President Donald J. Trump, the Trump family, and those who back and enable them. Perhaps we have in author Barry Robbins a new and more direct version of Douglas C. Kenney, cofounder of the National Lampoon magazine and the National Lampoon Radio Hour, or even the great writers who collaborated to produce the famous and hilarious British movie, The Life of Brian. Regardless of comparisons, Barry Robbins has written a satirical look into a man who will surely be remembered in history as the absolute worst American president... by far (as he himself often claims)! The Oh Daddy Chronicles has no plot, per se. It isn’t set up in the three-act format used in stories or novels. Instead, it’s a series of episodes that describe visits and conversations by a variety of people in Trump’s circle of family, friends, and subservient employees/government officials. Readers who have “followed” Trump through love or hate (there seems to be no middle ground with him) will recognize many of the scenes and characters as depicted all across television and social media. At the very least, Trump’s inability to talk in complete sentences, misuse of word definitions, and his psychologically impaired mind is proof positive of the verisimilitude that forms the foundation for this satirical look at “Forty-Five.” I thought some episodes a bit over the top, the inanity far beyond imbecilic, until I realized that the scenes were perfectly aligned with the reality of the man and the situations. For me... no fan of Trump, the book was a refreshing laugh a minute read that helped me overcome my overwhelming desire to strangle the man or throw a vase through the television every time he appeared. This is Saturday Night Live, in written form, on steroids! Read more
Asher
Truly lifts a reader's spirits Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite Oh Daddy Chronicles by Barry Robbins is a political satire that fictionalizes the inner workings of the White House and its 45th inhabitant, President Donald J. Trump. Robbins does not spare a single soul from his blistering humor and a no-holds-barred narrative, which is written almost entirely through dialogue. The stage is set with Trump already having fumbled through his first three years in office, rooted on by an adoring staff and family, as the Coronavirus—which Trump has referred to as the “beer virus”—elbows its way to a center stage that the President thinks belongs to him alone. His idiocy on absolutely every problem presented, combined with an obsession with therapeutics proven dangerous, his ball-swinging thingy, phone calls deemed perfect in his own mind, and a whole host of other muddy situations are on full display as he waddles through his last first-term year with all the panache of an 11th-century phenomenon known as the dog-duck. At a time when there is very little to laugh about, Barry Robbins truly lifts a reader's spirits with Oh Daddy Chronicles. I loved the portrayals of those who surround and enable him as they scramble to make Trump's lunacy appear, at the very least, moderately coherent as they continually throw ideas at a wall hoping one will stick. My favorite involves Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey who is essentially in a virtual game of dodgeball as calls are rerouted to avoid speaking with the President, ultimately putting him through to a basement sanitation worker. I think where this book rises above similar I have read along the same lines is that, at least in my own mind, it feels like a reader-friendly play script. The closest correlation I can make is to the play Spamalot, which drips with the same satire and silliness as the Oh Daddy Chronicles. As for its literary merit, Robbins has a strong, clear voice that transfers to each character and event. This is a light-hearted and witty book that will likely find an eager audience. Read more
Jailyn
Laugh out loud funny I have to be honest, I thought that--even if I actually found this satire funny--there was no way I would actually laugh out loud; it rarely ever happens. I stand corrected, this actually made me laugh, out loud. The first few lines include a reference to one of Trump's distasteful comments about “grabbing them” by the you-know-what, and right in that moment I knew this wasn’t going to hide from the ugly truth. Oh Daddy Chronicles is a political satire based on the current events of the United States; it is funny and tragic. As one reads the absurdity and nonsense between Trump and others that come to the White House, one can’t help but feel embarrassed and ashamed at the reality of it. Sure, as a satire it is overly exaggerated--but I found myself questioning, how far is this really from the truth? That is the tragic part. One of my favorite scenes is one in which it discusses the origins of the coronavirus in the United States, and there is a conversation between Trump and Sean Conley--his physician--where they discuss what would happen if Trump were to become infected. The scene is comical in that Conley is portrayed with heavy Scottish characteristics such as carrying around bagpipes when meeting with Trump--not to mention the use of Scottish dialect with words like bonnie and lass with the mention that Trump would essentially die given his age and health. This was a very fun read overall and would recommend to anyone who obviously has great objections with He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named who is unfortunately head of the United States. If you stay up to date on politics, I think you would enjoy this very much. Another favorite “episode” is one that discussed the TikTok ban which explores the working of the K-POP fandom working against Trump--a very fun memory to reminisce. Essentially, the writing style was the shining star--it felt like I was watching an SNL skit--every episode is well thought out and even to the end of the epilogue Barry Robbins delivers with humor. Read more
Tom
From Tom Daschle, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Well-written. Entertaining. Excellent political satire. Read more
Kevin
Hats off to the Chronicler-in-Chief Barry Robbins has put together a collection of humorous, tongue in cheek episodes about our “wacked out” president, Donald Trump. Every day the media covers the head shaking antics, comments, policy decisions and discussions coming from the Donald and his equally annoying, misguided family and the people that surround them. The Oh Daddy Chronicles puts a new spin on everything you have heard, making the absurd, even more absurd and laugh out loud funny. Since we have to put up with this guy at least until election day, lets laugh our way through what hopefully will be his last few months in office. Hats off to the Chronicler in Chief, Barry Robbins. Read more
Tony
Delightful reading The Oh Daddy Chronicles by Barry Robbins was an unexpected delight. It’s a political satire making some pretty sharp, and very funny, jabs at the 45th President of the United States and those surrounding him. Topped off with some lovable fictitious characters like Squishie the FedEx deliveryman and Melania’s pig farmer Uncle Slobodan, the book is hilarious. Be prepared to laugh out loud. There are 46 episodes plus an epilogue, each reading like a short play or skit, showcasing the President and one or more of his many minions in what is usually a most unflattering light. Even Andrew Cuomo makes an appearance. It’s hard to pick a favorite episode, but I really liked the one with NSC staffer Fu On Yu that was a riff on the Abbott and Costello “Who’s on First?” routine. Overall, highly recommended. Read more
Lucinda
Lucinda Clarke for Readers' Favorite The Oh Daddy Chronicles by Barry Robbins is a satirical account of modern-day politics in America. It’s a series of short skits, each tackling a different aspect of the day-to-day running in the White House. Famous people are thinly disguised, or not disguised at all, and lampooned for various reported actions, many of which have hit the headlines around the world. The main character is described as narcissistic, insensitive, and with a below room temperature IQ. He has huge problems with words, zero understanding of the world, and is shown to be totally unsuitable to run as much as a hot dog stand. Various other characters come into play, the Fed Ex delivery man, the various ministers, the Press Secretary, and several of those who once worked in the west wing, but whose services are no longer required. In the Oh Daddy Chronicles by Barry Robbins, we meet the leader of the free world in a less than favorable light. The author satirizes every aspect of the bizarre and often unexplained behavior of the current incumbent in the White House. This could be described as a Marmite book; you will either love it or hate it. In many places it sounds very funny, in others, I was puzzled. It would make complete sense to readers who are familiar with all the various ministerial officials, some of whom I did not know, so I lost some of the humor. I guess the man famous for his tomato sauce, or the Chinese who runs the local take away are caricatures of the current president’s love of fast food. No stone is left unturned in highlighting his extraordinary behavior and proclamations. Whichever party you vote for, I dare you not to laugh at some of the situations and inane observations. The funniest part for me was the vain attempts to contact the head of Twitter; that was satire at its best. Nepotistic members of the family do not escape the author’s eagle eye as we meet some rather bizarre relations along with real people who have often appeared in the news. It’s refreshing to read a book that ignores political correctness and has the ability to poke fun at important figures and lesser statesmen. Read more
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