Imagine a world where New York Times bestselling author, comedian, actor, television, and podcast host Adam Carolla is the President of the United States. Can’t do it? You don’t have to! Adam has done it for you!
Podcast king Adam Carolla first shared his unique, but always funny world view in his New York Times bestseller In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks—but he’s not done.
In President Me, Carolla shares his vision for a different, better America free from big issues like big government down to small problems like hotel alarm clock placement. Running on an anti-narcissism platform, President Carolla calls for a return to the values of an earlier time when stew and casserole were on every dinner table and there were no “service dogs” on airplanes. President Me hits right at the heart of what makes our country really annoying, and offers a plan to make all of our lives, but mostly Adam’s, much better.
Going into this book, I wasn't sure how I would feel about the read. Growing up catching a few episodes of Loveline, rolling my eyes at the Man Show and hearing a couple of his podcasts, his type of humor just isn't my cup of tea. Grasping onto the ideology of never judging a book by its cover, the premise of President Me intrigued me despite my preceding thoughts. I will admit to my surprise I found the book intriguing and entertaining but with some exceptions.
President Me: The American That’s In My Head, takes the reader through the departments of the federal government, sharing his positions and mandates, under the Carolla administration. Yes, the book based on the premise as if he were President and how things would be. Being an ultra-conservative, I found myself agreeing surprisingly with much of the commentary throughout the book. He brought up some valid positions that challenge much of today but really capture much of what people are thinking and saying privately rather than openly. When you really think about it, some of his positions on certain issues aren't so bad and make sense but then there are some that leave you shaking your head like I guess he is an equal opportunity offender because there is no group that hasn't been talked about.
So, here is what I didn't like about the book. If you know Carolla, than you sort of know what you are going to get when you read or hear something from him. Going into the book, I sort of expect to a degree of what would complement the funny parts. I have a low tolerance level for cursing and things that are a bit vulgar, so those aspects of the book slightly offended me at times but I’m sure for others it wouldn't be a big deal. There are parts of the books that feel like he is venting but veers off into a place that ruffled my feathers a bit but I give him props for the honesty about much of the book that definitely stirs up much conversation that is worth talking about.
Overall, despite my objections to some of the material, I feel the book was entertaining and his insights on certain issues bring some common sense to relevant issues that our current lawmakers can’t seem to resolve. If you are a fan of his, you will enjoy this for the humor it presents. If you aren't, go in with an open mind because the underlying humor outweighs the rest. Even though the book may not be to a degree politically correct, there is an authentic voice that offers a fresh perspective that is worth the read.
Reviewed by Michelle Bowles
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Dey Street Books; Reprint edition (January 20, 2015)