June 7, 2023


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Barack Obama’s Book or Cazzie David’s Book? A Quote Quiz

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’Tis the season for new celebrity memoirs, glossy in their hardcover jackets, gifted to members of your family that you don’t know how to shop for. This holiday season, two luminaries, giants in their respective fields, released tomes accompanied by equal parts buzz and boos, each giving unique first-person glimpses into American life. We’re speaking, of course, about former president Barack Obama and nepotism mascot Cazzie David. How, you may ask, can you tell these new releases apart? For starters, Obama’s A Promised Land is a 768-page reflection on his presidency, and David’s No One Asked for This has three separate chapters that are just “Tweets I Would Tweet If I Weren’t Morally Opposed to Twitter” (and said tweets? They’re bad, folks). But perhaps these two memoirists have more in common than not? Take our memoir quiz to find out.

Who Said It: Cazzie David or Barack Obama?

We give you a quote. You tell us which memoir it’s from.

“I have one outfit that I repeat until someone notices.”

“I didn’t want to hurt their feelings or stand out more than I already did. But I did find refuge in books.”

“We had an understanding of the other in a way that was so intuitive and natural.”

“This, too, can be found in my journal entries from that time, a pretty accurate chronicle of all my shortcomings. My preference for navel-gazing over action. […] A sensitivity to rejection or looking stupid. Maybe even a fundamental laziness.”

“Bullies are particularly well positioned to succeed in this era, as they are in all periods of human history, because they prioritize their own success and survival above any moral imperatives.”

“She organized and advocated — lobbying Congress, speaking at schools, fundraising, working on increasing fuel-economy standards, and producing documentaries on the climate crisis.”

“I spit-taked in front of Senator John McCain.”

“After my sophomore year […] I lived like a monk — reading, writing, filling up journals, rarely bothering with college parties or even eating hot meals.”

“Here we have a salad, everything in it picked from the garden. Carrots from the garden. Mushrooms and sweet potatoes that I picked from the gar- den.

“In August, my family and I flew up to Martha’s Vineyard for a ten-day vacation.”

“Foucault and Woolf for the ethereal bisexual who wore mostly black.”