On my way home at Sydney airport over the weekend, I stopped by a bookstore in the airport terminal waiting for my plane back to Melbourne and came across Barack Obama’s new book “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream” and I must say, so far its an amazing book.
Here’s a brief extract from the first few pages of the prologue:
It’s been almost ten years since I first ran for political office. I was thirty-five at the time, four years out of law school, recently married, and generally impatient with life. A seat in the Illinois legislature had opened up, and several friends suggested that I run, thinking that my work as a civil rights lawyer, and contacts from my days as a community organizer, would make me a viable candidate. After discussing it with my wife, I entered the race and proceeded to do what every first-time candidate does: I talked to anyone who would listen.
You know when you find a book you just can’t put down you’ve stumbled across something really amazing. He writes in a very clear manor which is very pleasing to read. He is a remarkable story teller and grabs you right from the start to the very end.
I’m about 2 chapters in so far out of a total of nine, in which he covers many aspects of his political views, his thoughts on current politics both in America and the world and how since becoming president how he and his party can change things for the better.
“The Audacity of Hope” has a very personal feel and you know you’re reading something quite special when the leader of the free world is making fun of himself (in a simply humorous way). It adds understanding and value to his words, something that we can all relate to.
I couldn’t have put it any better than the last paragraph of the blurb so here’s the quote:
“Barack Obama writes with intimacy and self-deprecating humour about balancing his family life and his public vocation. His search for consensus and his respect for the democratic process inform every sentence he writes”.
If you’re interested in politics or just interested in Barack himself I’d strongly suggest you pick this one up, its truly an amazing piece of work.
In the history of the United States and indeed the rest of the world, we’ve never seen a tech-savvy leader of a nation quite like Barak Obama. I can only think that its a good thing for the US, maybe they’ll get a decent broadband infrastructure in place before he finishes is presidency.
It looks like he really loves his apple products. He’s got his new Macbook, and I love the pop-culture reference of Pacman on the lid. Makes me wanna get some Pacman stickers of my own! Hehe
Barack Obama – America’s newest president and the world latest action hero. Look out Mr Governor of California, another politician has just filled your shoes!
Isn’t Obama awesome!
January 20th, 2009 saw the first African American elected president and quite possibly the youngest president ever to take office. I am excited to see Obama as the new president, its a welcome change from the bush era and I am looking forward to what he brings to the world.
He has quite a different attitude toward many aspects of world politics such as the war in Iraq, the economy, education and health. He has a ‘think different’ mentality and I hope his new ideas and new vision for the future is enough to change the world for the better.
So as I was saying, his inauguration was just 2 days ago on Jan 20th. His speech was uplifting, visionary and (I, not being an American citizen) still makes feel like the changes he wants to make will somehow still affect my life living in Australia.
“That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.” – source: NYTimes
He at least takes responsibility for the past, and recognises that there is work to be done instead of just sweeping it under the rug as some (unnamed) presidents have done in the past. I like this guy already!
American politics and the US itself is quite a force in the world even if the rest of us like it or not, and Obama knows this, but I get the feeling from him (different from past presidents) that although he has the best wishes of the American people at heart, he has a worldly vision and is mindful that whatever he does will affect the rest of the world and that’s what I like about him. I don’t get the feeling that he is stuck up or self centered and he certainly doesn’t think that American’s are the only people who live on this planet.
Personally I can’t wait to see what he does with his time as president and how the world will benefit with a stronger leader.