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President Barack Obama: The Kindle Singles Interview (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

David Blum
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,463 customer reviews)

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In this Kindle Singles Interview, President Barack Obama decried the "change in culture" that has changed our view of the American Dream. "There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous," the President said. "Kids weren’t monitoring everyday what Kim Kardashian was wearing, or where Kanye West was going on vacation, and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success." He addressed the jobs issue from a personal perspective, reflecting on how his own life might have been different had he not experienced success in politics. "I could picture myself being a good teacher," the President mused.

In the interview, which took place on July 30, 2013, at an Amazon facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Obama discussed the increasing need for government programs that can actually make a difference. Sticking close to his standard message, he spoke frankly about the increasing polarization of American politics since the Great Recession and Republican Party intransigence over his agenda. On a personal note, he reflected that he and First Lady Michelle Obama are constantly reminding their daughters of the “slightly unreal environment that they’re in,” as children of privilege in a world constrained by unemployment and recession.

The interview was conducted by David Blum. Blum works for Amazon as the editor of Kindle Singles. He began his career as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and has been the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice, the New York Press and 02138 Magazine. He was previously a writer and editor at The New York Times Magazine, and a contributing editor at New York and Esquire magazines. He has written two books: "Flash in the Pan: The Life and Death of an American Restaurant" (1992), and "Tick...Tick...Tick...: The Long Life & Turbulent Times of 60 Minutes" (2004). He received his B.A. degree in English literature at the University of Chicago.

Cover design by Adil Dara Kim/Official White House Photo


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  • File Size: 137 KB
  • Print Length: 15 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E86ENEQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,688 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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317 of 396 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Review of the Interview, Not Obama July 31, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This review is meant for those who want to know the basic content and style of this interview and whether or not it's worth reading. It's not a review of Barack Obama or his policies.

That said, it's difficult to review this interview without acknowledging that whether you enjoy it or not most likely comes down to whether you agree with Obama's progressive world view. If you are passionately opposed to him and his platform, this interview isn't going to change your mind. If you already agree with him, you might pick up a few lines of argumentation here and there that you can pull out and use next time you find yourself debating the role of government with a Libertarian. If you're not exactly sure what you think about Obama and/or the role of government, this interview will give you something to think about as Obama takes the opportunity to explain, at length, how he interprets history, personal circumstances, and his own observations to mean that the best government is one in which self-reliance and what he terms calls our "shared destiny" and "common commitments" are not mutually exclusive.

Some General Observations:

--David Blum clearly likes and admires Obama and that admiration informs the kinds of questions he asks and how he asks them. He does not get tough with Obama or touch on some of the controversies of his administration. This will most likely frustrate any reader who's looking for someone to challenge Obama.

--Obama makes an intelligent and persuasive argument, but there's nothing here you haven't heard before. It reads like a stump speech or lecture from a college professor--Obama clearly has nailed down his beliefs and the reasons for them while anticipating common responses.
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71 of 94 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars there is nothing new or interesting here July 31, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is more of a Kindle "snippet" than a Kindle single. It took me about 10 minutes to read, and I was walking in downtown rush hour traffic at the same time. The interview questions are all totally softball, and the answers are all (uninteresting) things that Obama has said dozens of times in dozens of other interviews. If you are someone who pays any attention to politics at all, you will most likely learn nothing from reading this. Also, it ends totally abruptly (or maybe that's a glitch in my copy?).

However, I gave it an extra star because Obama uses the word "stick-to-itiveness". I like that word.
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262 of 360 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good interview. Bad drama in these comments. July 31, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Good interview; I appreciate that it was free. Amazon, I would appreciate more of these kinds of Kindle Single interviews.

Those of you polarizing these reviews with political ideology: Seriously, do you think you're being helpful to anyone? All reviews so far are 1-star (We hatez Obama!) and 5-star (We lovez Obama!) Could it get more childish?
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186 of 262 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What Difference Does It Make? August 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Ironic that Obama has time to sit down for an interview when the unemployment is hovering around 8% (for 5 years running) - gas is almost 4.00 (5 years and running)...there's no money for White House Tours but there's money for a 100 million dollar vacation to Africa and next up, a vacation to Martha's Vineyard - you know, where the 1% hang out. The 1% that Obama rails against yet invites them to 35,000 a plate dinners.
Obama is not a commander in Chief, he's a hypocrite in Chief.
But as Hillary Clinton so pointedly said about the murders of our Ambassador and men in Benghazi, "What Difference Does It Make?"
Because, apparently, voters believe Obama is offering them Salvation - he is their new religion and welfare and obamacare is the new bread and wine.
Perhaps Blum should interview the survivors of Benghazi - or the mother of Ambassador Stevens about how she feels about the "phony" scandals. Or perhaps Agent Brian Terry's family. You know Brian Terry, right? The Border Agent killed by a gun trafficking from Eric Holder's Fast & Furious program.
Or perhaps Blum could interview James Rosen - the journalist who had his personal emails raked over by the Justice Department. Or, there are the Conservatives that were targeted by the IRS...but hey, What Difference Does It Make?
I truly hope that by 2016, Americans' have woke from their blind slumber and will not vote Democrat (or RINO) - our freedom is slipping away, our economy is tanking - meanwhile DC is thriving. Democrats have learned that the way to power is to promise free stuff, pit groups against each other (RACIST!), and basically, lie, and the media will turn a blind eye. Now, more than ever, the people have the power to raise their voice. We have the internet. Twitter. Facebook. We need to exercise our freedom, our Independence now more than ever, before it's totally destroyed; before it doesn't make a difference.
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125 of 176 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon what a disappointment. August 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Is it your intention to make political statements in support of Obama? I thought you were in business to make money? I'm sick and tired of big corporations politically trying to indoctrinate their customer base. I buy many items and services online. I like Amazon because it makes finding items and services easier. However, in your face promotion of the viewpoint of a left wing politician is enough to drive me to other vendors and online services that unlike Amazon are politically neutral. Wise up before your customer base goes elsewhere.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A Feel Good Interview That Tweaked the Right
I chose this rating because the interview was a softball over the plate. While the anti-Obama reviews dominate the review section, I discount those as extremely partisan and... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Dennis E. Caines
1.0 out of 5 stars Sucked!!
This is a horrible book for people because it barely had information that is important.They just talk about their personal lives.OBAMA SUCKS!!!
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A good interview
after he's been through so much(BO) it's good to.see a positive interview that's enlightening, not saying anything negative just stating the facts
Published 21 days ago by CAYLA
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't read this!!!
It might be free but not worth the disgusting self hatred you will feel for yourself when you've finished reading it. Please don't waste your life reading this as I did. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Primereader
4.0 out of 5 stars Snapshot from the President
I had expected biography, so I was somewhat disappointed. However, when I started reading the question and answer format was an opportunity to hear the President 's responses to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eunice Anderson
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
This is by far the worst interview I have ever read it is extremely monotonous and non fulfilling this was not worth writing
Published 1 month ago by T.GHOSTIE
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUE
A short interview with the president. What he has to say rings true. Unfortunately Congress has prevented him, and those who agree with him, to advance this country in so many... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
I truly admire President Obama. Though I am a Jamaican, politics is politics, no matter what part of the world you are. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Money for educating high school graduates
I think Mr. Obama is right about the need to create vocational and educational opportunities for Americans as one of the major functions of government.
Published 1 month ago by John Barfield
4.0 out of 5 stars kindle interview of the present
4stars I am not really interest in what the present had to say no glory to time present or to the world
Published 1 month ago by Mary JenkinsFounun The Kindle Cover Good To Use Either Way It.Protects My Cover From Any Damage It
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Um we are a Republic not a democracy.... And by nice margins you mean all those dead people that counted for him right? I think it is perfectly normal to boycott a buisness that doesn't have the same values as ones self. Like you said PA "if you don't like the book, don't buy it"....... Read more
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