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

David Blum
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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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317 of 395 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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263 of 361 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good interview. Bad drama in these comments. July 31, 2013
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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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70 of 95 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars there is nothing new or interesting here July 31, 2013
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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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86 of 121 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good interview but could be meatier July 31, 2013
By Sarah
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It's short and provides some insight into how the president is thinking in general terms; especially about the economy. I expected the interview to provide more in depth policy examples; perhaps a drill down into some of the government's undertakings. All in all, if your interest is finding out Obama's reasoning and reasons behind his current policies this is a good introduction.
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200 of 284 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Please don't go political, Amazon! August 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Ugh! You guys actually sent me an email shilling for President Obama and this special interview? REALLY? How is that not blatantly partisan political spam?

You have never spammed my inbox with propaganda for any other actively serving politician, just this particular one. WHY?

Don't do this, Amazon. Really.

Worst. Decision. Ever.
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187 of 266 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good questions
I liked this because of the insight of this man cleverly brought out by good questions. He is a very smart man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good
A brief ebook on how President Obama sees democrats and republicans
working together. He still sounds hopeful which helps me. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring
Obama re-iterating his core beliefs for what makes a successful society and identifies the issues that challenge young Americans of today
Published 2 days ago by sinead cotter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great interview,with synopsis of how the technology has been changing...
This is a short interview capturing the current economy and the dream of the president to move the country towards. Read more
Published 7 days ago by B. Mandava
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, read and find out what true leadership ...
Great read, read and find out what true leadership is all about . Follow our president support his efforts to move us forward with income equality for all !!
Published 8 days ago by Raymond Centolar
3.0 out of 5 stars B. O. INTERVEIW by lazer
Insightful, if you are paying attention. President Obama should listen to himself from the beginning to the ending of his statements. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Lazer
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not the seller the boo
Published 13 days ago by Grandma Von
1.0 out of 5 stars Glad it was free...
Not worth it. I would not bother with making this a high priority. Way too brief and summarial. Sorry BO...
Published 13 days ago by Brian S Bronk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great questions & excellent responses!
The entire interview held my attention as I anticipated each response. The President spoke with clarity, preciseness and to the point
Published 13 days ago by Dixie M Wooten
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
So so
Published 14 days ago by xhx
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David Blum works for Amazon.com as the editor of Kindle Singles, the store for original, high-quality longform fiction and nonfiction on Kindle. He began his career as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and has worked as a contributing editor at New York Magazine (where he coined the term "Brat Pack"), Esquire and The New York Times Magazine. He has also written for The New Republic, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. In 2006 Blum became editor-in-chief of The Village Voice, and later served as editor-in-chief of the New York Press and 02138 Magazine.

Blum's first book, "Flash In The Pan: The Life and Death of an American Restaurant," was published by Simon & Schuster in 1992, and was named a notable nonfiction book of the year by The New York Times Book Review. His second book, "Tick...Tick...Tick...: The Long Life & Turbulent Times of 60 Minutes," was published by HarperCollins in 2004.


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