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Fri Dec 11, 2020, 07:00 PM

Anybody else reading "A Promised Land" by Barack Obama?

Fascinating look at the presidency so far. He is a truly gifted writer, and many of his insights are extremely moving.

And, damn, am I glad he was POTUS during the financial crisis, rather than someone else (who shall remain nameless).



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Reply Anybody else reading "A Promised Land" by Barack Obama? (Original post)
AngryOldDem Dec 2020 OP
madaboutharry Dec 2020 #1
AngryOldDem Dec 2020 #3
MaryMagdaline Dec 2020 #2
secondwind Dec 2020 #4
dhill926 Dec 2020 #5
Laura PourMeADrink Dec 2020 #9
Docreed2003 Dec 2020 #6
northoftheborder Dec 2020 #7
AngryOldDem Dec 2020 #8

Response to AngryOldDem (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2020, 07:01 PM

1. I appreciate the humanity in his writing.

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Response to madaboutharry (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 11, 2020, 07:04 PM

3. Yes!

I just finished the chapter where he discusses visiting wounded troops, and how it’s easier to make calls on policy from the “cheap seats”, where there are no consequences of any decisions.

I really miss him.

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Response to AngryOldDem (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2020, 07:02 PM

2. Yes - stalled out after 100 pages - I will pick it up this weekend

I liked Dreams of My Father better, but this is also very good.

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Response to AngryOldDem (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2020, 07:10 PM

4. Just started a couple of days ago.............

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Response to AngryOldDem (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2020, 07:11 PM

5. yes...plowing my way thru it bit by bit...

he really is a very good writer. The tone is conversational...really well done. And having been born and raised in Illinois, I especially enjoyed the parts about his early career there. Totally forgot he got crushed by Bobby Rush in a congressional election...

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Response to dhill926 (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 12, 2020, 01:08 AM

9. "plowing your way through". Implies he's not a good writer.

And you think he is right?

Remember reading "Sins of my Father" and thinking - wow - amazing author.

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Response to AngryOldDem (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2020, 07:31 PM

6. I've been savoring it slowly

It's a phenomenal book and I can hear President Obama talking as I'm reading. The insights are fascinating. I highly recommend it.

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Response to AngryOldDem (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2020, 07:55 PM

7. It is an excellent book; reflects the intelligence and ambitious goals he strived to enact.

Glad he is including the extremely difficulties with Congress. Only half way through it - not sure how far in his two terms it goes.

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 11, 2020, 09:40 PM

8. Another volume is coming.

He’s going to cover everything.

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