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Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise Paperback – September 9, 2008
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'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 --The Guardian
About the Author
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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In the forward, I thought it interesting that Obama says old policies do not provide enough opportunities (time for change), but then talks about how he took advantage of opportunities that were available.
The body of the book provides insight not only in what is said, but what is left out.
"If elected, Obama will" provides immediate ability for him to say "I was not the one who said that". It is purely an election promise work on paper.
Page after page lists ways to spend, spend, spend...sorry, that's invest, invest, invest. That is an interesting word to use since generally it should result in a tangible asset.
To "Level the playing field" isn't just a national project, to Obama it is also a global project, with a program to forgive loans to underdeveloped countries (to pay off their national debt and get their economy growing) after only 2 years of reliable payments. I don't see how can a country in recession even think about assuming debt from multiple other countries.
Among the 'missing' items of the book is an idea of 'where the money is coming from?', especially when the country is already in a recession. There seems to be an unlimited list of ideas of how to spend money.
To me, the big 'black hole' is his ideas of how to encourage the free market to make its own corrections, and how to encourage business to make its own innovations. Government is not famous for being an innovator.
The first half of the book is a summary of the issues Obama would like to address once he is in office. He addresses the issues of global warming, education, women's rights, family planning, the war in Iraq, job security, health care, taxes and more (all issues that are dear to most Americans). I've followed his debates closely and tried to do all the research is necessary in making my decision on whom to vote and this book is a simplified guide to the issues and instead of lamenting what is wrong with our country, Obama is providing a course of action on what he would like to see happen. This is a non-partisanship book, which I really appreciate. There's no back-stabbing, no finger jabs at the previous adminstration and etc. It is just a straight-forward course of action ... if everyone in Congress will work together.
The second half of the book is his seven speeches and I will be the first to admit that listening to Obama speaking is a treasure ... wish I had the opportunity to hear him speak in person when he was in the area. Reading his speeches is almost just as good. He is an eloquent speaker and the compassion he holds for his fellow countrymen/women is evident in his speeches as well in the written word. If people still have doubts about Obama, this book is a good place to start reading. It may not be Pultizer Prize winning but it is a very good book and a start to get more information on what the Obama administration wants to have for the next four years.
Throughout his plan and his speeches, Obama has been consistent about one thing. He challenges Americans of all stages in life to work together. He challenges Americans to fight back and regain their lost dreams/hopes and he provides hope for the people. I will admit that he is the first politican who is inspiring. I've seen how many people turn off their TV sets and canvass the streets to provide a way for the people to vote. This is the first campaign where people are active in talking and sharing about their beliefs and how they would like to see things change. Obama has provided inspiration and hope for the people and it's evident in this book as well.