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Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise [Kindle Edition]

Barack Obama
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Book Description

At this defining moment in our history, Americans are hungry for change. After years of failed policies and failed politics from Washington, this is our chance to reclaim the American dream. Barack Obama has proven to be a new kind of leader-one who can bring people together, be honest about the challenges we face, and move this nation forward. Change We Can Believe In outlines his vision for America.
In these pages you will find bold and specific ideas about how to fix our ailing economy and strengthen the middle class, make health care affordable for all, achieve energy independence, and keep America safe in a dangerous world. Change We Can Believe In asks you not just to believe in Barack Obama's ability to bring change to Washington, it asks you to believe in yours.

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* The most exciting politician of the day. Independent * Like Bill Clinton, he has the knack of weaving together the personal and the anecdotal with the political and the conceptual, so that each point seems both persuasive and commonsensical. Guardian * This may be the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician. Joe Klein, Time [on Dreams From My Father]

About the Author

Barack Obama was born in Honolulu in 1961. In his early twenties he found his vocation working among poor communities on the south side of Chicago. Later he went to law school at Harvard University, where he became the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. In 1995 he published his memoir Dreams from My Father, which became a bestseller soon after it was reissued in 2004. After returning to Chicago, he was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996. Barack Obama was elected to the US Senate in 2004. His second book, The Audacity of Hope, was published in 2006 and became an immediate bestseller. In November 2008 Senator Obama beat John McCain to become the 44th President of the United States of America.

Product Details

  • File Size: 414 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307460452
  • Publisher: Crown; First Edition edition (September 6, 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001FA0IQK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,018 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only half of this is worth the time and $ October 26, 2008
Folks, I've met Obama once, heard him speak in person twice, and am very much and admirer of his, but this book (the first half, at least) just doesn't cut it.

The first half of this book, apparently written by campaign satffers, attempts to spell out what "Barackism" has to offer. In other words, it's his program statement through the words of his staffers. My friends, these ideas are good, but reading this part is as exciting as watching paint dry. Dull, dull, dull. Every other sentence begins, "In an Obama administration, this or that will happen." Bring out the sominex, people.

Part 2 is the good stuff. This contains the best of his actual recent speeches from Iowa (Jan. 4, 2008) up to a speech he made this summer in Michigan about the economy (this apparently went to press before the Denver speech of Aug 28, 2008). Even on paper, this is exciting and inspiring. Highlights include the New Hampshire speech of Jan 8, 2008 (best known as the "Yes We Can" speech), the Father's day speech (the one that inadvertantly killed off Jesse Jackson's career after the Rev. was caught making profane and jealous remarks on camera about this message), and his race speech in Philadelphia which articulates what a lot of us post-movement Blacks feel about the bitter ranting and pessimism that passes for Black nationalism.

So for reading the "Best of Barack" in his own words, it's pretty good. The rest? Let the buyer beware. Readers are better off with the various compilations of the "Best of Barack" in speeches and writings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Obama's plan, Obama's poetry September 9, 2008
This calm, straightforward book reminds me why I have a "Women for Obama" bumper sticker on my truck. It's short on rhetoric, long on clear-headed, specific ideas on how to fix America's problems. In back are seven key speeches from this long presidential campaign, speeches so beautifully written they read like poetry. Any voter wanting to know more about who Barack Obama is and what he stands for should read this book.

In essence, it's a glimpse into what Obama will do as president, why these actions are smart, and how he'll get the plan done. It's like a presidential crystal ball, letting readers know what they're voting for -- or against.

Change We Can Believe In was put together by Obama for America, with a foreword by the candidate. Net proceeds from book sales will be donated to charity.

The speeches soar. The "race" speech Obama gave in Philadelphia is striking in its honesty: it is from a leader, not a politician. From the New Hampshire Primary Night speech: "And so tomorrow, as we take this campaign south and west, as we learn that the struggles of the textile worker in Spartanburg are not so different than the plight of the dishwasher in Las Vegas; that the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of L.A.; we will remember that there is something happening in America: that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in America's story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea. Yes. We. Can.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Obama's Vision for America January 23, 2010
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This book is written by others presenting President Obama's positions on critical problems facing the American people. It shows that his adgenda is too large and going forward with 20:20 forsight you can predict what is going to happen....
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mid-Term Report Card for President Obama October 5, 2010
A month before the 2010 mid-term elections is as good a time as any to see how our new president is doing. This book provides and unmistakable metric for evaluating the president's performance, so far during the first half of his term. It also puts clearly on the record BHO's rhetorical positions and platform. And thus, it serves as the perfect metric for evaluating BHO's success, so far. And while it would be unfair and premature to prejudge him on everything he has promised, just half way through his first term, it is not unfair to judge him on those aspects of his promises that he has kept and that have already been implemented as Obama successes. That in my view is the primary utility of this book.

The good news is that, President Obama (against severe opposition from Republicans and from corporate lobbyists), has managed to keep many of the campaign promises listed in his platform on pages 23-24, to: reform health care, curb Wall Street excesses, create a federally-funded stimulus program to help bring the nation out of the recession, and to remove American troops from the needless Iraq war. He has also pledged to eliminate the Bush/Cheney tax cuts for the rich, while not raising taxes on the middle- and lower-classes.

The bad news is that in each of these instances of his success, BHO has strove for and achieved only the absolute minimum. This lack of courage to get into the battle and defend progressive ideals, has left a bad taste in the mouth of his progressive base. By repeatedly capitulating pre-emptively to Republican pressure, demagoguery, and negotiating tactics - BHO has unnecessarily given away everything dear in the "progressive store;" and has done so often without even putting up a fight.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Been Wondering?
For those who've wondered what Bill Buckley would make of Barrack Hussein Obama. I'd say this comes as close as we'll ever get: "Too many countries in the democratic world have... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Take Back America
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Published 2 months ago by G. Chen
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Very good and important to know where people stand.
Published 4 months ago by ray
2.0 out of 5 stars read this book now... in the Fall ...
read this book now... in the Fall of 2014.... you'll find the promises from a couple of years back hilarious. Politicians are such tools and Mr. Obama is no exception.
Published 8 months ago by Todd G. Wylie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book.
Published 9 months ago by Ralph Benaim
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outline of the President's Plans and Hopes For America
An outline of the President's plans and hopes for America. Written before the 2008 election, President Obama lists some of the things that are important to him to accomplish and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cherie Manzano
5.0 out of 5 stars I Needed To Know Him
This book and the others I purchased were all about learning. Learning who this man is, where he came from, and what he was all about. Read more
Published 12 months ago by A Connor
1.0 out of 5 stars stop!
I HATE obama! you guys (and gals) don't know what you are talking about! p.s. read mincraft books steve rulz peace
Published 12 months ago by Sparklez
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but there are better sources to learn about the president
REGARDING THE AUDIO VERSION: I voted for Obama twice and still support him so was looking forward to listening to these CDs. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Christian M. Mericle
1.0 out of 5 stars no comment
Sometimes the answers that speak the loudest are the ones that resonate in the SILENCE! Even silence is a form of speech!
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Published 13 months ago by Teresa L. Kirkham
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Barack Obama was elected President of the United States on November 4, 2008. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.


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I get the impression that it's a collection of position papers and previously given policy speeches compiled by Obama and his campaign staff. In the case of the speeches, the author is Obama, his advisors, and a speechwriter. In the case of the position papers, the author is probably a campaign... Read More
Aug 26, 2008 by MeekayD |  See all 4 posts
This book doesn't mention how Obama wrongly felt the troop surge...
Obama Nation was written by the same liars that made up the swiftboat smears against Kerry. If you want to talk about that trashy book, go do it on its product page.
Sep 10, 2008 by Tobias Green |  See all 6 posts
Why Can't Republicans Tell the Truth?
Reverand Light: I suggest you read Larry Bartels' book "Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age" and see if you still feel the same way. Bartels did a thorough analysis of economic indicators and income disparity over the last 75 years or so and found that the... Read More
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