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Inside Obama's Brain Hardcover – December 1, 2009
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Obama does possess the qualities we need in a leader, and, as the author points out, his experience as a community organizer (despite ignorant sneers from the likes of Sarah Palen) has equipped him to listen to the peoples' needs and to work with all the stakeholders involved to seek solutions to our many problems. The trouble is, on the health care issue, the Republicans had no interest in solving the nation's health care problems, only in "breaking Obama." Obama also cozied up to the health insurance industry, hoping they would not mount an attack against reform. But being who they are, when time came to actually pass something, the insurance industry, of course, attacked. So much for bringing everyone together.
But that brings me to what impresses me most about Obama. He doesn't fade, he doesn't crash, he doesn't flinch when things are going badly.Read more ›
The book highlights not just his rise to fame in the world of politics, but the journey he took to understand himself. Pres. Obama's mixed heritage may have been seem by some as just another obstacle for the young man to overcome, but Abramsky highlights it this way: "His very existence challenges social codes and prevailing orthodoxies. Obama is, in many ways, a walking one-man diaspora, a man who can't be defined, or rather confined by his many heritages... To a peculiar degree, he is, as a result, his own creation."
That sums up in many ways the 'out of the box' thinking that seems to lead the man who would become America's Commander-In-Chief. Through each challenge and difficulty, there seems to be a "glass half full" approach that kept him striving, achieving and overcoming.
INSIDE OBAMA'S BRAIN has all the ingredients needed for a worthwhile read. Above all it reminds us that no matter how dark things may appear around us at any given time, we have to always be on the hunt for the light within us all.
There is nothing earth-shattering in Abramsky's book, no politically salacious detail that explains who Obama is and why he has governed this country in the past year the way he has. But the book does offer a lot of insights about Obama that serve as an important antidote to the wailing of complaints that occupy the responses to the news of the day. A year after Obama's inauguration, Abramsky gives us back some of the hope that has dissipated in the face of practical politics.
To some on the left, Inside Obama's Brain might seem like a historical artifact by this point, written as it was in the late stages of Obama's 2008 campaign and the early months of his presidency, when so many people had high hopes and, Abramsky wrote, "Obama seemed largely to be retaining his appeal."(218) However, these dark days of populist, anti-incumbent anger during the depth of the Bush recession are likely to dissipate this year as the economy recovers. And when the pundits have proven wrong again, Abramsky's book will offer a lot of insights about Obama.
The author may strike some on the left as naïvely donning several pairs of rainbow-colored glasses. But this picture of Obama, if sometimes gauzy, is an important story to remember when so many progressives and independents get caught up in the political moment, when compromise is inevitable and high-minded ideals fall a long distance before the power of sleazy senators. Abramsky is not naive.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book easily should have been a "five star" entry. Its goal of providing a psychological profile of Obama writ large was an admirable one, which, with but one glaring... Read morePublished on November 30, 2010 by Herbert L Calhoun
the term "community organizer" came from and what it actually means.
hint: invented by saul alinsky, communist who dedicated his popular book "Rules for Radicals" to... Read more
I have not read the book nor do I plan to. I would much rather read an explanation on how anyone over the age of 12 could take such an individual seriously. Read morePublished on October 29, 2010 by Bob Rothman
I bought this book for someone special as a gift and they enjoyed it so much that they are re-reading it!Published on May 11, 2010 by ShopperGirl