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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: 763 KB
  • Print Length: 15 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E86ENEQ
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320 of 399 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Review of the Interview, Not Obama July 31, 2013
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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 96 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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267 of 366 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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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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177 of 251 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Crony Capitalism on Parade August 1, 2013
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If you're hoping that some tough questions are going to be asked, like: "Where WERE you the night of the Benghazi Raid?" or, "Did you ever encourage the IRS to go after people on your enemies list?" you're just wasting your time.

This is nothing more than a sugar-coated thank-you to the President for not forcing Amazon to comply with the Affordable Care Act until (at least) 2015.

Of course, the REAL question I want answered: did Amazon hand over all it's order and tracking data to the NSA? Does the Government know every item I ever looked at on Amazon?

Probably. Their relationship is just a little too cozy for my liking. I'm probably going to be doing my Internet shopping elsewhere for a while.
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125 of 177 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon what a disappointment. August 1, 2013
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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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167 of 237 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon paid the POTUS to give himself a forum August 1, 2013
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So the President rewarded Amazon's massive campaign contribution and technical assistance with an interview of vetted and approved questions? A poor standard to set for both Amazon and the President.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I could have lived without this report September 8, 2013
By Kathy
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I cannot abide the man or even believe one word that comes out of his mouth
It is sad to say.
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David Blum works for 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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I have to look at this moron's face when I shop here?
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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