9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2009
From the triumphant front page headlines and photos of the Denver Rock Mountain News and the Flemish-language DeMorgen in Brussels, to the grudging short shrift of The BG News of the state university in Bowling Green, Tennessee, or the sour acknowledgement of an 'economic crisis' and ohbytheway-Obama-won of The Wall Street Journal, this souvenir book reproduces the front pages of 75 newspapers around the world, all expressing the mood of their readerships on the morning after the election of the 44th President of the United States.
The dominant mood is exultation, and for once I get to share in it. I have clear memories of the election of every US President from Eisenhower's first term to the disastrous re-election of W four years ago, and this is the first time I've ever felt like owning a keepsake of the victory to pass on to children and grandchildren. Hope is here, and for me the 'hope' is that 'change' will indeed follow.
Obama's inaugural address, which I've just heard, was impressively stern and earnest. The gist of it, to me, was the message that change in America begins with the minds and behavior of Americans, abandoning the silly ideological positioning of the past administrations - all of them - from Reagan to W, and turning to pragmatic solutions to real problems of maldistribution, intolerance, and egomaniacal greed. I was thrilled, personally, to hear him include "non-believers" among the citizenry along with Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Hindus. And I was overjoyed to hear his commitment to the restoration of science to the councils of government.
It feels good, my friends, not to be disgusted and alienated from the democratic process.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2009
My Mom, I got this for my mom. A person that tells me, as I give it to her, that she thinks it's best to give it to my daughter who has decided to become a journalist...this totally making my mom a happy little old crudgmudeony fact checker. Mom, who lived a very interesting long life (stationed in Montgomery, Alabama in service just as once all this important history was made) and in her 80's has joined me in crying buckets ALL this week. We can't even remotely keep it together. I'm so teared up I can barely grin from ear to ear. But I saw this impulsively buying it for her as a keepsake. Perfect.
She is a newspaperclipper. Now a print out internet paper keeper. We have I'd say 150 boxes of clippings from her diligent work over the last 15 years. It's organized, collated, slipped in plastic covers and nails a heck of a lot of folks on subjects ranging from oil, to corruption, racists, her thing about serial killers, Kennedy boxes...so on. No one can ever get you to the bottom of our rather question needing history overseas like she can, trust me on this. And I add she trusts very few. And they aren't in office anymore. But we have John Glenn's signature on the headlines on his 1st flight. Did you know if you send these things to public servants with envelopes and requests they often send them back to you...autographed...Mom keeps these because she doesn't trust us. The free press she says, is everything.
Mom pointed out to me something immediately about this terrific book. This collection of front pages from newspapers on Election Day 2008 was chosen by the Poynter Institute. She says to me on seeing this word Poynter, "Can it be?" Then followed, "It is really important to us." "Why so ?" I asked. Because it is a few short blocks from Grandma Lucas' house in St. Petersburg, where my long passed grandmum who lived in Fla was. It's next to the Dali Museum, she continued, into the story of how it was set up to keep the St. Petersburg paper free. (She's spent time there of course. I bet they'd remember her. Sorry folks.) Free of the crappy stuff you see in the press now. Set up to protect it in it's work..you can investigate this on your own. Worth it. My mother knew the meanings in her life, our life. It's been dedicated to truths like the importance of journalists and free press doing their job well.
So this lovely, shiny book takes front pages from around the world and prints them well enough you can fully read them. Newspapers, cool. And it's fascinating to see the joy in these headlines of something historically wonderful finally, finally falling to our piece of earth. Well that's my feeling. Obama really was elected.
Gary Trudeau (hint, hint) writes the intro, you can't go wrong if you want something to put away for the kids. After awhile I'm going to get it signed for mom. For all my life she's done this for me so I, and then my kids will have these things to have to remember.Let's hope it works like it used to!
Believe me come tomorrow morning I'll be sitting with some very cool kiddies, sharing this book of glossy pictures, talking about the importance of freedom, the press, and why that building in St. Pete means something to my mom.
Great publication. Great occasion.....I can't wait to look at it and start the waterworks again.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2009
Let me preface my review of PRESIDENT OBAMA: ELECTION 2008 (A COLLECTION OF NEWSPAPER FRONT PAGES SELECTED BY THE POYNTER INSTITUTE) with a disclosure: I'm not a huge Obama fan. Not because I think he's a secret Muslim(n), or because I'm afraid that he'll turn America socialist and make all the heteros gay marry. On the contrary - I am way left of Obama on most issues. I voted for Kucinich in the primaries, McKinney/Clemente in the general election. While I'm relieved that Obama/Biden triumphed over McCain/Palin, I don't have any delusions that President Obama will usher in a new era of American prosperity, or that he's really an uber-progressive guy at heart. My review, then, is purely nonpartisan - after all, I'm reviewing an art/photography book, not a politician, right?
All that said, I requested a review copy of PRESIDENT OBAMA through Library Thing's Early Reviewer program because the 2008 elections were truly historic, whatever your political affiliations. I thought the book would make a nice keepsake, at best. At worst, I figured could regift it to my conservative, gun-loving father as a gag gift. Turns out, I think I'll keep my copy of PRESIDENT OBAMA. It's a gorgeous, full-color book, featuring 78 post-election day newspaper front pages from around the globe. The covers are arranged alphabetically, with local American newspapers grouped first (ordered by state; 42 states are represented), followed by national and then international papers. Placed inconspicuously beside each front page is a brief block of text explaining the paper and why it was chosen.
Many of the local American front pages follow the same format, with large, election-night photos of the Obama family (or portraits of Barack Obama) placed front and center. Here, it's interesting to note how similar many of the headlines are; most feature some variation on the "hope," "change," or "yes we can" campaign slogans. Some of the media border eerily on idol worship, depicting Obama's face on money or working his campaign logo (the red, white and blue "O") into the text of their headlines. Collectively, the local media appears to have succumbed, more or less, to the cult of personality surrounding Obama: Welcome to Obamanation! Certainly, November 4, 2008 was a historic point in American history; sitting at home, I cried along with much of America as I watched the returns come in. Still, Obama's staff couldn't have created more laudatory coverage if they tried. After eight years of capitulation to Bush, I can only hope that this isn't indicative of the sort of "hard-hitting" reporting we can expect from the mainstream media in the next four years.
The international front pages offer a bit more diversity; Vienna's DIE PRESSE, for example, features a photo of Obama surrounded by smaller pictures of local reaction to the election results, while the word "change" - translated into 24 languages - steals the cover of Belgium's DE MORGEN. In the post-Bush world, it's quite refreshing to see global citizens celebrating American events, instead of protesting them!
I guess my only complaint is that the Poynter Institute chose not to include any conservative / right-of-center news media in this volume. Granted, dissenting or negative coverage wouldn't exactly jibe with the laudatory tone of this volume, but still - this was a divisive and polarized election season (what with all the scare-mongering, race baiting, appeals to misogyny and cries of "terra-ist!"), and a few token voices of resistance might make the collection more complete - and historically accurate. While most November 5th coverage was no doubt respectful (if not outright celebratory), the editors did choose to include a few liberal alterna-weeklies - so methinks they could have unearthed one or two unhappy conservative rags, too.
Overall, PRESIDENT OBAMA makes for a nice coffee table book - just make sure you go all out and purchase the hardcover edition. My paperback was a tad bent when it arrived. :(
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2009
This is a very simple formula, exceedingly well done. The content is exactly as described and the production standards are very high, from the choice of front pages to the printing which allows me, with my glasses on, to read nearly all the texts on the front pages.
It would have been so easy to cobble something together to make a quick buck on the back of the Obama "brand". The Poynter Institute have done exactly the opposite: no short-cuts in sight. Generations to come will get the same pleasure as I do from this little bit of History.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2009
Received product very quickly. Excellent coffe table book and history memento. Wonderful collection of newspaper cover pages worldwide November 5, 2008.
on June 26, 2009
We have witnessed history in the making. Barack Obama's election victory in November 2008 begins a new era for America, and this collection of newspaper front pages presents many perspectives on this election win and on our country, from both American and foreign perspectives. I have bought several copies for myself and for my cousin and friends who live in France and shared the joy of this historic moment for America and the world. I recommend this as a great publication for present and future reference, as well as a good read to keep alive the hope and the joy of this achievement.
on October 19, 2012
I recently bought this book and am completely satisfied, It's a wonderful historical keepsake. I loved it so much that I purchased another copy and had it sent to my girlfriend in another state. She was ecstatic upon receiving it.
I'm always amazed at the people who never miss an opportunity to spread their negative vibes around when it has nothing to do with the subject at hand - even here on Amazon. That's a whole lot of miserable and isn't what writing a review is supposed to be about. Peace, seriously!
on April 2, 2009
During the election, I called upon family and friends in every city and state to find Obama newspaper headlines! Many times I was disappointed because the publishers capitalized on the old "Supply and Demand". Newstands were empty by 6:00 AM! And I do not do well in crowds. This book brings it all together for me without the anxiety! This would be a great addition for any collector with "Obamania" like me!
on December 9, 2012
Fantastic book, loads of historic pictures - a must have for any supporter of President Obama or anyone interested in American political history. This book is awesome!
on February 18, 2009
The one thing the long campaign season did was to make one aware of the concerns of people nationally and internationally. To see the newspaper headlines from around the country and around the world allows one to remember how expansive the American experience is.