The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

Barack Obama / Aug 03, 2020
The Audacity of Hope Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream Barack Obama s first book Dreams from My Father was a compelling and moving memoir focusing on personal issues of race identity and community With his second book The Audacity of Hope Obama engag
  • Title: The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
  • Author: Barack Obama
  • ISBN: 9780739334089
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Barack Obama s first book, Dreams from My Father, was a compelling and moving memoir focusing on personal issues of race, identity, and community With his second book The Audacity of Hope, Obama engages themes raised in his keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, shares personal views on faith and values and offers a vision of the future that involves rBarack Obama s first book, Dreams from My Father, was a compelling and moving memoir focusing on personal issues of race, identity, and community With his second book The Audacity of Hope, Obama engages themes raised in his keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, shares personal views on faith and values and offers a vision of the future that involves repairing a political process that is broken and restoring a government that has fallen out of touch with the people We had the opportunity to ask Senator Obama a few questions about writing, reading, and politics see his responses below Daphne Durham 20 Second Interview A Few Words with Barack ObamaQ How did writing a book that you knew would be read so closely by so many compare to writing your first book, when few people knew who you were A In many ways, Dreams from My Father was harder to write At that point, I wasn t even sure that I could write a book And writing the first book really was a process of self discovery, since it touched on my family and my childhood in a much intimate way On the other hand, writing The Audacity of Hope paralleled the work that I do every day trying to give shape to all the issues that we face as a country, and providing my own personal stamp on them.Q What is your writing process like You have such a busy schedule, how did you find time to write A I m a night owl, so I usually wrote at night after my Senate day was over, and after my family was asleep from 9 30 p.m or so until 1 a.m I would work off an outline certain themes or stories that I wanted to tell and get them down in longhand on a yellow pad Then I d edit while typing in what I d written.Q If readers are to come away from The Audacity of Hope with one action item a New Year s Resolution for 2007, perhaps , what should it be A Get involved in an issue that you re passionate about It almost doesn t matter what it is improving the school system, developing strategies to wean ourselves off foreign oil, expanding health care for kids We give too much of our power away, to the professional politicians, to the lobbyists, to cynicism And our democracy suffers as a result.Q You re known for being able to work with people across ideological lines Is that possible in today s polarized Washington A It is possible There are a lot of well meaning people in both political parties Unfortunately, the political culture tends to emphasize conflict, the media emphasizes conflict, and the structure of our campaigns rewards the negative I write about these obstacles in chapter 4 of my book, Politics When you focus on solving problems instead of scoring political points, and emphasize common sense over ideology, you d be surprised what can be accomplished It also helps if you re willing to give other people credit something politicians have a hard time doing sometimes.Q How do you make people passionate about moderate and complex ideas A I think the country recognizes that the challenges we face aren t amenable to sound bite solutions People are looking for serious solutions to complex problems I don t think we need moderation per se I think we should be bolder in promoting universal health care, or dealing with global warming We just need to understand that actually solving these problems won t be easy, and that whatever solutions we come up with will require consensus among groups with divergent interests That means everybody has to listen, and everybody has to give a little That s not easy to do.Q What has surprised you most about the way Washington works A How little serious debate and deliberation takes place on the floor of the House or the Senate.Q You talk about how we have a personal responsibility to educate our children What small thing can the average parent or person do to help improve the educational system in America What small thing can make a big impact A Nothing has a bigger impact than reading to children early in life Obviously we all have a personal obligation to turn off the TV and read to our own children but beyond that, participating in a literacy program, working with parents who themselves may have difficulty reading, helping their children with their literacy skills, can make a huge difference in a child s life.Q Do you ever find time to read What kinds of books do you try to make time for What is on your nightstand now A Unfortunately, I had very little time to read while I was writing I m trying to make up for lost time now My tastes are pretty eclectic I just finished Marilynne Robinson s Gilead, a wonderful book The language just shimmers I ve started Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, which is a great study of Lincoln as a political strategist I read just about anything by Toni Morrison, E.L Doctorow, or Philip Roth And I ve got a soft spot for John le Carre.Q What inspires you How do you stay motivated A I m inspired by the people I meet in my travels hearing their stories, seeing the hardships they overcome, their fundamental optimism and decency I m inspired by the love people have for their children And I m inspired by my own children, how full they make my heart They make me want to work to make the world a little bit better And they make me want to be a better man.
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      • Barack Obama

        Barack Obama was the 44th President of the United States of America He was the first African American to be elected President of the United States and was the first to be nominated for President by a major U.S political party He was the junior U.S Senator from Illinois from 2005 until he resigned on November 16, 2008, following his election to the Presidency.Barack Obama is the son of Barack Obama, Sr and Ann Dunham He graduated from Columbia University in 1983, then moved to Chicago in 1985 to work for a church based group seeking to improve living conditions in poor neighborhoods plagued with crime and high unemployment In 1991, Obama graduated from Harvard Law School where he was the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review In addition to his work as a community organizer, Obama practiced as a civil rights attorney before serving three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004 He also taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004 During his eight years in the Illinois State Senate, Obama worked with both Democrats and Republicans to help working families get ahead by creating programs like the state Earned Income Tax Credit, which in three years provided over 100 million in tax cuts to families across the state Obama also pushed through an expansion of early childhood education, and after a number of inmates on death row were found innocent, Senator Obama enlisted the support of law enforcement officials to draft legislation requiring the videotaping of interrogations and confessions in all capital cases.As a member of the Democratic minority in the 109th Congress, he helped create legislation to control conventional weapons and to promote greater public accountability in the use of federal funds He also made official trips to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa During the 110th Congress, he helped create legislation regarding lobbying and electoral fraud, climate change, nuclear terrorism, and care for returned U.S military personnel.President Obama is especially proud of being a husband and father of two daughters, Malia and Sasha President Obama and his wife, Michelle, married in 1992 and have a home in Chicago s South Side.


    1. I m assuming Obama will be the next President of the USA That will probably be a good thing Recently I did an online quiz to pick which candidate I would be most likely to vote for as an Australian this was purely an academic exercise but it said I should support Obama Naturally, my politics and his are quite different I m to his extreme left, but I thought I should find out about him just the same.It is an odd thing how different Australians are from Americans We are both frontier societies wi [...]

    2. Excellent book When I found out he was the narrator had to buy it Did read the hard copy back in 2007 Missed his voice so much, intelligent, inspiring speeches Fall in love with him at the 2004 Democratic convention.His work in Chicago, ambitious political journey, how he met his wife Values, American history, family and his understanding of the issues we are facing He had the Audacity of Hope to do something about them, but his hands was tied at his back, legs knocked under him.One think I neve [...]

    3. I ve now finished this book, which I ve been reviewing a chapter at a time Before starting, I was concerned that it might lower my opinion of him Many people have been rather dismissive, and perhaps that s why I didn t read it earlier In fact, it has had the opposite effect It s well thought out and convincing, and I respect him The one major criticism I have is that it s stylistically unimpressive you can see that it would have benefited from another revision pass He is however so insanely bus [...]

    4. It is a good thing that these days, if a Democratic candidate wants to continue war and occupation in Iraq, he has to call it phased redeployment a la Obama, rather than 20,000 troops, a la Kerry People are fed up with the old policies, and they re looking towards candidates who talk left I think that s a sign of a real shift among regular people, and we shouldn t dismiss anyone who wants to see real change but still has hopes in the Democratic Party This is true even if we already know through [...]

    5. Barack Obama fills me with hope.Hope for the United States, and hope for America s standing on the world stage.This book shows the human side of a man who is running for president He tackles many different issues from faith, race, family life, war, international relations, and politics.All are done in a thoughtful manner.I get the sense that when he attempts to address an issue that he truly wants to hear from all interested parties, and work to come to an accommodation that everyone can live wi [...]

    6. I found the first couple of chapters of this book a bit murky, due to my ignorance of American political life and methods, but after that I found it fascinating I loved the way that Obama can communicate at all levels This book could so easily have been a dry and dusty analysis of his political life and experiences, but instead it was an intensely human and open discussion of the issues that matter to him I liked him before I read the book, and I liked him even afterwards.I was particularly int [...]

    7. I used to think that a liberal was simply someone whose background and education was deficient of the facts needed to understand the full ramifications of their left leaning policies For example, in a debate I once heard Maxine Waters D CA incredulously ask Why not when told that the government can t afford free healthcare, free college, free daycare, etc Because apart from the land of fairies and puppy dog tails where the Congresswoman, if not grew up, at least spent most of her summers, there [...]

    8. 3.5 stars This week wast a good time to read this book I thought that it would be, that it would be the perfect time to read about the need for compassion in politics and how there s always hope for the future Instead This was justd 2006 Barack Obama had so much hope for the future, so much determination that we could make the world a better place He talks so passionately about the godawful state of the US health insurance system, the arguments against marriage equality, the appalling state of m [...]

    9. I didn t like it because it was fiction parading as non fiction, from the story to the author William Ayers wrote this book, not Obama And it s filled from the first page to the last with evasions, omissions, obfuscations, skirtings of the truth, and outright lies.

    10. One reviewer said he d read this whole book and was left not knowing what Barack Obama was for a way, I see his point readers expecting a manifesto of voting positions will be sorely disappointed For that, read the congressional record Readers expecting a standard bearer for the left will also be disappointed, as Obama s focus is not a solid Yes check in all the predictable party line talking points For instance, neither pro nor anti war, he wholeheartedly supported the war in Afghanistan while [...]

    11. Is it possible to think clearly if you can t speak and write clearly It must be, because Bush and Palin can t be stupid and have made it as far as they have Oh, but what a pleasure it will be to have a President whose writing can compare with some of the Federalist Papers by Madison or the speeches of Lincoln There are a few clich s in the book, and a few typos and grammatical or style errors that led me to think the editor, not the author, was asleep at the switch There are several passages of [...]

    12. Often, I like to read books outloud It helps me to stay attentive and be an active reader Rarely is a book so pleasing to hear in my own voice as The Audacity of Hope was Most political or historical writing can be cumbersome and difficult to explore in this manner Barack Obama s writing, instead, is strong, clear, and easy to read, with a cadence and strong diction that many writers do not succeed to develop Part memoir, part declaration and history of liberal wisdom, this book was a true pleas [...]

    13. Superb rhetorician Polished delivery I listened to this as an audio book Consummate politician His words worked well with varying positions he may or may not take Would make a great friend and neighbor Genuine and endearing family anecdotes courtship, diapers, daughters with wardrobe issues, wife with absentee husband issues But overall, it was clear that he and I see things through very different lenses, and that through his lens he sees himself being somewhat bigger than life I disagree with m [...]

    14. What kind of bozo writes his memoirs before having achieved anything of merit Read my review of Harry Potter He is simply a classic socialist marxist redistribution of wealth liberal From each, according to their ability, to each, according to their need Would you give your A to the most struggling student in the class What good would it do anyways The same goes for money I really thought people weren t making these moronic arguments any, I guess I was wrong.

    15. Wow, this man is really going to be our President I imagine most politicians except Dubya and Sarah Palin could recite some of the political and economic and foreign history that Obama talks about in this book, but they could never frame it so well or so inspirationally Not only does he know the history, he thinks about it and clarifies it He thinks This president elect loves America and Americans, what we are and what we can be Fascinating book, and I loved getting a little glimpses into his pe [...]

    16. Whether the reader agrees or disagrees with Obama s politics is of course the greatest factor in his or her enjoyment of the book As an Obama supporter, I was a biased reader and indeed very impressed by his writing and reasoning However, this book represents the core of his politics and is not simply the icing on the cake First of all, it must be noted that I was rather worried that he would disappoint as an author Having read several politicians books, I was used to that excessively friendly, [...]

    17. I pay as little attention as possible to the political arena in the hope that I can find a healthy balance between being peripherally aware of what s going on without being sucked into the madness I never intended to read this book and the only reason I picked it up in the first place was because it counted for a reading challenge I m participating in through a group on this site.Before starting the book, I had read some reviews written by other users and without fail, every single one reminded [...]

    18. I could not help but think to myself, Get a room, as I finished the section titled Our Constitution in Senator Barack Obama s most recently published book, The Audacity of Hope I ll admit that by the time I finished the first chapter, Republicans and Democrats I had a little crush on Senator Obama sorry Michelle , so his love letter to the American Constitution felt a little like I had gone through his desk looking for a pen and come upon something I was never meant to see I got the feeling that [...]

    19. I bought this book in April during an unexpectedly long layover at the Houston airport, read half of it, then forced myself to put it down as I was becoming too emotionally invested in the prospect of an Obama presidency and felt that I needed to pace myself, since it was only April and I am frankly still recovering from the political PTSD of November 2004 I picked it up again during another transcontinental trip this past week and determined to finish it this time, hoping to educate myself abou [...]

    20. Obama is not a writer nor a storyteller good thing neither are required to be a good leader I like Obama, but this book was a disappointment I don t know if I can honestly classify it as read, as I had to keep skimming and skimming to get to anything interesting Lots of meandering reminiscences and obseravations in politics in general I was hoping for clear and strong political essays, with personal experiences to solidify them It is all well and good that he knows so much about the history of [...]

    21. He really is a great writer And he s fricking brilliant I enjoyed this immensely and can t wait to see him put these plans into action.

    22. I just finished Barack Obama s The Audacity of Hope, which I started what feels like a year ago, but completing it at this point nicely dovetails in with all the unavoidable political coverage of late While there s certainly no way I would have started this book in the MIDST of all the conventions and coverage, I have to say it has come to a conclusion at a fitting time I find Obama such a compelling, captivating figure, but I m often frustrated at only being able to learn so much of a substanti [...]

    23. In The Audacity of Hope Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, Senator Barack Obama offers a message of hope to the cynics that would claim that our country is hopelessly divided and politics has devolved into a power game of little interest to ordinary Americans Senator Obama believes there are, in fact, ordinary Americans out there that do care about our country, are engaged in politics, and can manage to find common ground with neighbors and friends whose politics or values they may disag [...]

    24. I initially approached this book with a fairly open mind, but soon enough found myself filled not with hope but boredom Obama certainly is a smart and likable guy, but his autobiographical meanderings and relatively trite, feel good messages e.g that an advocate of abortion rights and a pro life doctor can both be basically decent people did not engage my mind at all This is not to say that I think Senator Obama has not brought something positive to the public sphere I think he has had a basical [...]

    25. This book was such a refreshing perspective on the changes in American politics This was written by President Obama in 2006, while he was still a Senator for Illinois He discusses the internal struggle to unite Washington while trying maintain a normal life in raising his children and keep his marriage strong Despite how you feel about President Obama and his policies, this book will provide you an honest insight into his train of thought that really makes you wonder if every politician goes thr [...]

    26. Obama wrote the book himself That is a good thing On the other hand, I was actively annoyed with the guy for the first 150 pages or so as it seemed to me that he was all about talking around subjects in order to let us know that he respected both sides views But I stuck with the book and he eventually got around to citing some positions They are, in general, your basic moderate Democratic views, with maybe a tilt left here and a little right there We could do worse He portrays himself as just a [...]

    27. The Audacity of Hope is not a biography, it is a discussion of politics in the United States It is not a denunciation of the current political system, but a description of it and how and why it developed the way it has.Obama walks through a number of topics, the two party system, values, the constitution, politics, opportunity, faith, and race, and writes about how each is related to the political process He discusses the actual issues that are involved, how various groups within the United Stat [...]

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