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President Obama Election 2008: A Collection of Newspaper Front Pages Selected by the Poynter Institute Paperback – December 16, 2008

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Founded in 1975, The Poynter Institute is a school dedicated to teaching and inspiring journalists and media leaders. It promotes excellence and integrity in the practice of craft and in the practical leadership of successful businesses. It stands for a journalism that informs citizens and enlightens public discourse. It carries forward Nelson Poynter's belief in the value of independent journalism in the public interest. As a financially independent, nonprofit organization, The Poynter Institute is beholden to no interest except its own mission: to help journalists seek and achieve excellence.Online: www.poynter.org www.poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=154475
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (December 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740784803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740784804
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 0.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,814,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gio on January 20, 2009
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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.
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Received product very quickly. Excellent coffe table book and history memento. Wonderful collection of newspaper cover pages worldwide November 5, 2008.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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