BOOK REVIEW

A Generation Deceived

Katie Kieffer, political commentator, weekly columnist and popular public speaker stands up for the Millennial generation in what she sees as a denunciation of President Barack Obama’s “war” on Millennials.

The current administration has its number of critics stemming from all social categories and generations. The Millennial generation in particular though seems to have reasons to be quite upset with the direction the U.S. has moved during the years of Obama’s presidency.

The author, Miss Kieffer, shares with readers her belief that revolves around the idea Barack Obama has misrepresented his intentions, has deceived Millennials into voting for him, and, in the end, has not taken responsibility of the problems which subsequently occurred.

The book is structured into ten chapters, each with its own subsections, presenting persuasive and noteworthy information with regard to the case it sets out to make.

Starting with the first chapter entitled “Operation Pickup Line,” Katie details political strategies that were apparently used by the Obama team in order to “con” youths into voting for them. She proceeds to compare Barack Obama’s technique of winning the votes of the youth to Bill Clinton’s seduction of Monica Lewinsky and JFK’s “expertise” in extra marital affairs.

She notes, “Obama worked remotely – using slick and dirty pickup lines to attract youths to his brand and then turning around and crushing the careers, hopes, and dreams of millions of young Americans.” She goes on to say: “Obama’s greatest presidential legacy is also his biggest scandal: Obama literally robbed the cradle. He seduced the Millennial generation into voting for him not once but twice. He captured 60 percent of the eighteen-to-twenty-nine vote in 2012 and an even larger share of the youth vote (66 percent) in 2008.”

In Chapter 3, entitled “Young and Hellthy,” the author addresses the issue of Obamacare. She describes the plan as a “‘socialist’ scam because it puts the federal government in control of your private relationship with your doctor and compels you to pay for this system for both yourself and others whether you like it or not.” She then adds, “Thanks to Obama, Millennials have the choice of buying overpriced insurance or turning into that cheapskate at the holiday party who walks up to the doctor in attendance and says ‘Hey, doc! Great tie. So, um, since no one’s looking, would you write me a quick prescription on this cocktail napkin? I can’t afford another doctor’s visit, but I need a refill on my RX. I know it’s wrong and we just met, but could you please do that for me. As….a friend?”

The book presents the case of a young generation disillusioned with what it thought would be “change for the better” and their unfortunate contribution to the outcome of events. Katie tells the story of those who believed in change because it was presented to them in the most alluring fashion. She tells the story of a group of people who have become the first in U.S. history to be worse off than their parents. She tells the story of those who work too much for too little, or, worse still, sometimes cannot even work for the little they would receive.

It is a known fact that people need to make informed decisions and that, ultimately, no one forced Millennials to vote the way they did, however, this does not excuse anyone’s attempt to distort the truth or engage in outright mendacious behavior in order to get votes. How is one to claim they are part of an actual democratic system if such techniques are used? And yet, as Katie proves throughout her book, how well such deceptive techniques work.

If one were to give a brief yet clear description of Katie Kieffer’s writing efforts, one might conclude that her book is one which seeks to portray the voice of a generation, a generation scorned, a generation lied to, a generation taken advantage of, a generation taken for granted, and, in the end, a generation sacrificed for the gain of a few calculated power seeking rulers.

Anyone reading this book would get a much needed glimpse into the soul of the Millennial generation, its dreams, its hopes, its disillusions and, ultimately, its future. As her first book, Katie Kieffer’s Let Me Be Clear is certainly worth reading and Millennials, in particular, would benefit greatly. We can expect more books from this budding writer and commentator.


Georgiana Constantin is a law school graduate who has studied International, European and Romanian law at the Romanian-American University in Bucharest and received her Masters from the Nicolae Titulescu University in Bucharest. Ms. Constantin, who is based in Romania, is also a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis.