The Riddle of Barack Obama: A Psychobiography

The Riddle of Barack Obama: A Psychobiography

The Riddle of Barack Obama: A Psychobiography

The Riddle of Barack Obama: A Psychobiography

Synopsis

Doretta Groenendyk's new book, Step Outside, promotes the valuable goal of relating to one another and the natural environment in a creative and enchanted way. Childhood obesity and addiction to electronics are concerns that need to be addressed. Step Outside is an artistic approach to inspiring movement, strengthening family bonds, generating memories and celebrating the outdoors. It also visually enriches readers' repertoires with enticing original collaged, watercolor and acrylic creations. A beautiful combination of sport, art, poetry, nature and family, Step Outside is sure to get you off your chair and enjoying the outdoors.

Excerpt

Thank you for reading this book. As you may see, I have put an inordinate amount of time, effort, thought, and emotion into writing it. As you begin to read it, you may notice that this book differs from the dozens of books already published about Barack Obama in several ways. For one thing it is, to my knowledge, the only psychological biography so far of the 44th U.S. president, and it is written by a professional clinical psychologist. Inside Obama’s Brain by the British Jewish journalist Sasha Abramsky is an attempt at a “psychological profile writ large” of Obama (Abramsky, 2009, p. 10), but it is not a biography; it is not written by a psychologist, psychiatrist, or psychoanalyst; and its author admires his “enigmatic” subject (Abramsky, p. 253) so much that he fails to see any of his weaknesses, errors, or emotional problems. However great a leader, Obama is not a superman; he is all too human, and no human being is problem free.

For those who can read it correctly, Obama’s memoir Dreams from My Father is a treasure trove of psychological information about its author. Not only is it a fascinating account of Obama’s lifelong struggle with his image of his father and the consolidation of his identity as a result of that struggle, it also contains at least two actual dreams that the young Obama recalled having about his father. Unfortunately, the strict rules of fair-use quotation have prevented me from quoting those dreams verbatim and have allowed me only short verbatim quotations from the memoir, as well as from Obama’s other book, The Audacity of Hope. I encourage you, my reader, to look up those two books whenever possible, especially when Obama’s actual dreams are discussed.

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