Barack Obama: The Voice of an American Leader

Barack Obama: The Voice of an American Leader

Barack Obama: The Voice of an American Leader

Barack Obama: The Voice of an American Leader

Synopsis

This book offers a revealing look at Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee for the 2008 presidency, from the perspective of quotations by and about Obama on his heritage and family, state and national politics, his run for the presidency, the issues of the day, community activism and service, and thoughts on race and faith.

Excerpt

“What’s interesting is how deeply American I feel, considering
this exotic background. Some of it is the Midwestern roots of
my grandparents, my mother, and the values that they reflect.
But some of it is also a deep abiding sense that what is quintes
sentially American, is all these different threads coming together
to make a single quilt. And I feel very much like I’m one of
those threads that belong in this quilt, that I’m a product of all
these different forces, black, white, Asian, Hispanic, Native
American. That, somehow, all this amalgam is part of who I
am, and that’s part of the reason I love this country so much.”

“My experience growing up in Indonesia or having family in
small villages in Africa—I think makes me much more mindful
of the importance of issues like personal security or freedom
from corruption. I’ve witnessed it in much more direct ways
than I think the average American has witnessed it.”

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