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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.

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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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Ella
A sharp, insightful, well-written and funny read!! If you are looking for a great political satire that comes across as Dave Barry meets Douglas Adams, have I got a book for you! Oh Daddy Chronicles by Barry Robbins is a tongue-in-cheek, fictional look at life behind the scenes in the Trump White House since the beginning of the pandemic. It’s a highly entertaining record of what’s been happening in the government, society and the world-at-large since COVID-19 began. Nothing is off limits in this creative book and readers are privy to fabricated conversations between President Trump and his family members, cabinet members, office staff, and international leaders. You also get a creative take on political rallies and press briefings, with notations about the actual questions asked by the reporters in attendance. Mr. Robbins has taken some of the more unusual situations, such as President Trump’s walk across the street from the White House to pose in front of St. John’s church, and given them hilarious new explanations. Throw in zany descriptions about things such as “The Greenland Affair”, an inside look at birthday celebrations and a diabolical plot involving black beans, and you’ve got some side-splitting reading. One of the things that make this book so enjoyable is the underlying commentary of the current political climate and the snippets of factual information that have been included for context. It’s very smart humor, leavened with the ridiculous. For example, fans of classic comedy will especially enjoy the chapter entitled “The Perfect Call”, which pays homage to the famous Abbott and Costello skit, “Who’s on First?” The author has cleverly appropriated as many people and circumstances as possible, given them a good shake and laid them out for us to laugh out loud about. Given the current challenges, being able to laugh is no bad thing and much needed. Author, Barry Robbins allows you to take a welcome step back from your day-to-day troubles and gives you an opportunity to put it all in perspective. A sharp, insightful, well-written and funny read, Oh Daddy Chronicles by Barry Robbins comes highly recommended by Artisan Book Reviews for those who prefer a less serious take on politics! Read more
Anthony
A Must Read Satire The Review What a creative and fun way of looking into the madness that was the Trump Administration. So many people in the United States and around the world sat in disbelief at many of the things said and done over the last four years, and still continue to be so. The author has perfectly captured this feeling with a series of short skits that tackle the absurdity of several real-life situations through political satire. The thinly-veiled jabs at several notable figures in and around the White House and President’s family perfectly blend into the situations that have become headline news over the years, including the disastrous response to the COVID-19 epidemic. The author writes with a voice that perfectly balances the humor and wit that many come to expect from a political satire, while the dialogue and imagery used throughout the narrative do a fantastic job of painting a vivid image in the reader’s mind as each scenario plays out. The humor only intensifies when the reality of the situations themselves in real life hit home, making this a one of a kind read that is not to be missed. The Verdict In this time of chaos, as the year comes to a close and a new administration is set to take office within the next month or so, this is a perfect read. Humorous, enlightening, and mature, author Barry Robbins' “Oh Daddy Chronicles” is the political satire many readers need and won’t be able to put down. Injecting much need laughs into the ridiculous nature of American Politics at this point in time, this is a must-read satire in 2020, so be sure to grab your copy today! Read more
Linda
The best antidote! Hilarious! The book Oh Daddy Chronicles by Barry Robbins is a contemporary political satire. It consists of 46 short episodes or comic strips about the nightmare called Trump, Mr. “I am-the-Leader of the Free American World.” I believe it doesn’t matter which side of the political spectrum you are on - the book will give you many laughs. It is informative, comical, and insightful! The author creates amusing scenes where Trump is compared to Melania’s uncle, who is a pig farmer in Zagorje; the scenes where Trump would rather wear mascara than a mask; where he’d listen to compliments about his latest tweets all day long; or the story about vaccines and Trump’s complaints that he had taken lots and lots of blue pills during his four years of his governing, but it didn’t help much… This book is a parody of our reality - full of caricature, ridicule, hyperbole, and irony on the people of power. Someone said there’s no truth like satire. He was probably right! Each episode illuminates some of the bubbles and blind spots in a media environment dominated by liberals. Under Trump, as conspiracy theories and alternative narratives have proliferated, Americans seem to have lost belief in democracy and order. But democracy is not dead! Genuinely recommend to anyone interested in politics, society, or modern history – or just a good old-fashioned belly laugh. I found it to be an outstanding collection and enjoyed reading it. Brilliant value for money! Read more
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
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