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National book club with former senior Obama Administration Officials around President Obama’s new book “A Promised Land”


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WHO: Manny’s Presents

National book club with former senior Obama Administration
Officials around President Obama’s new book
“A Promised Land”

WHEN: Every Wednesday December 9 – January 20
5pm – 6:30pm PST

WHERE: Online at:

HOW MUCH: $ 10 

WHY: In an unprecedented online gathering, Manny’s is sponsoring a special bookclub with former senior officials from the Barack Obama Administration focused on President Obama’s new book “A Promised Land.” Taking place every Wednesday, December 9 – January 20, 2021 (Inauguration Day for President Elect Biden and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris), the event costs $ 10 per event with registration online at

“We need community during these times more than ever and it’s my sincere hope that the weekly Obama book club with former senior administration officials will provide exactly that,” said Manny Yekutiel, 31, who founded and runs the eponymous community engagement space and café dubbed “the New Hampshire of California” (KCBS Radio) for its hosting of myriad political events including hosting 17 Democratic presidential candidates.  “It’s a way to foster community, learning, inspiration, and growth and deep to way to end a difficult year. Also, to be able really understand Barack Obama and his legacy. Finally, to learn real lessons from his time in office to apply to today and the future.”

Yekutiel notes with a smile: “Yes, people are required to complete reading the book before each meeting.” 

The schedule of this once-in-a-lifetime book club follows:

December 9:  Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President (longest serving)

December 16: David Plouffe, Campaign Manager of the ’08 Presidential Campaign

December 23:  David Simas, Director of Political Affairs and Special Assistant to the President, current CEO of the Obama Foundation

December 30: Sam Kass, Chef to the Obamas, Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy, and Executive Director for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign

January 6, 2021: Lisa Jackson, Environmental Protection Agency  Administrator

January 13, 2021:  Cecilia Munoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council and Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, 

January 20, 2021: Brian Bond, White House LGBT Liaison Deputy director in the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Since opening its doors on Election Night 2018, Manny’s has become an epicenter of community involvement, dialogue and civic engagement having served over 50,000 people, staged over 500 events, donated space to more than 150 area nonprofits and charities, and hosted 17 presidential candidates in his first year alone. Also, in addition to receiving much media and public attention, Manny’s was recognized for his above-and-beyond achievements by the California State Senate as “Small Business of the Year.” 

Manny’s is a people powered, community focused meeting and learning place in the heart of San Francisco that combines a restaurant, political bookshop, and civic events space. Manny’s goal: to create a central and affordable place to become a better informed and more involved citizen. Manny’s offers its events space to nonprofits, activists and civic organizations to spread their message and do their work as well as hosting its own civic and arts related programming. Manny’s kitchen is run by the non-profit, Farming Hope, which hires formerly homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals and trains them in the food skills needed to work in the restaurant industry.