A Promised Land Audiobook
A Promised Land Audiobook 🎧 Barack Obama
In the stirring, the highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his unlikely journey from a young man searching for his identity to the leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of his historic presidency – a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.
Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his early political ambitions to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory, which demonstrated the power of grassroots activism, to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th President of the United States, becoming the country’s first African American president.
In his reflections on the presidency, he presents a unique and insightful analysis of both the astounding reach and the limits of presidential power, as well as unique insights into the dynamics of US partisan politics and international diplomacy. Obama takes readers inside the White House’s Oval Office and Situation Room, as well as to Moscow, Cairo, and Beijing, among other places. We hear his thoughts as he assembles his cabinet, deals with the global financial crisis, evaluates Vladimir Putin overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to pass the Affordable Care Act, clashes with generals over US strategy in Afghanistan, tackles Wall Street reform, responds to the devastating Deepwater Horizon blowout, and authorizes Operation Neptune’s Spear, which results in the death of Osama bin Laden.
A Promised Land is a deeply personal and introspective book about one man’s bet with history and a community organizer’s faith put to the test on a global scale. While campaigning for office as a Black American, Obama is forthright about the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of «hope and change,» and meeting the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of «hope and change.» He is not afraid to admit his own doubts and disappointments, as well as the forces at home and abroad that oppose him. He is also open about how his wife and daughters were affected by his time in the White House. Nonetheless, he never loses sight of the fact that progress is always possible within the great, ongoing American experiment.
This brilliantly written and inspiring book expresses Barack Obama’s belief that democracy is something that is built together, day by day, on empathy and common understanding.
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I began writing this book shortly after the end of my presidency, after michelle and i had boarded air force, one for the last time and traveled west for a long deferred break the mood on the plane was bittersweet. Both of us were drained physically and emotionally. Not only by the labors of the previous eight years, but by the unexpected results of an election in which someone diametrically opposed to everything we stood for, had been chosen. As my successor still having run our leg of the race to completion, we took satisfaction in knowing that we’d done our very best and that, however much i had fallen short as president, whatever projects i’d hoped but failed to accomplish, the country was in better shape now Than it had been when i’d started for a month, michelle and i slept late ate, leisurely dinners went for long walks. Swam in the ocean took stock, replenished our friendship, rediscovered our love and planned for a less eventful, but hopefully no less satisfying second act, and by the time i was ready to get back to work and sat down with a pen and yellow pad.
I still like writing things out in longhand, finding that a computer gives even my roughest drafts to smooth a gloss and lends half-baked thoughts, the mask of tidiness. I had a clear outline of the book in my head. First and foremost, i hoped to give an honest rendering of my time in office, not just a historical record of key events that happened on my watch and important figures with whom i interacted, but also an account of some of the political, economic and cultural cross currents That helped determine the challenges my administration faced and the choices my team and i made in response, where possible, i wanted to offer readers a sense of what it’s like to be the president of the united states. I wanted to pull the curtain back a bit and remind people that, for all its power and pomp, the presidency is still just a job, and our federal government is a human enterprise like any other, and the men and women who work in the white house experience The same daily mix of satisfaction office friction screw-ups and small triumphs as the rest of their fellow citizens. Finally, i want to tell a more personal story that might inspire young people considering a life of public service.
How my career in politics really started with a search for a place to fit in a way to explain the different strands of my mixed up heritage and how it was only by hitching my wagon to something larger than myself that i was ultimately able to locate A community and purpose for my life i figured i could do all that – maybe 500 pages. I expect it to be done in a year. It’S fair to say that the writing process didn’t go exactly as i’d planned. Despite my best intentions, the book kept growing in length and scope. The reason why i eventually decided to break it into two volumes.
I am painfully aware that a more gifted writer could have found a way to tell the same story with greater brevity. After all, my home office in the white house sat right next to the lincoln bedroom, where a signed copy of the 272-word gettysburg address rests beneath a glass case. But each time i sat down to write whether it was to describe the early phases of my campaign or my administration’s handling of the financial crisis or negotiations with the russians on nuclear arms control or the forces that led to the arab spring. I found my mind resisting a simple linear narrative. Often i felt obliged to provide context for the decisions i and others had made, and i didn’t want to relegate that background to footnotes or endnotes.
I hate, footnotes and endnotes. I discovered that i couldn’t always explain my motivations just by referencing reams of economic data or recalling an exhaustive oval office briefing for they’d been shaped by a conversation. I’D had with a stranger on the campaign trail a visit to a military hospital or a childhood lesson. I’D received years earlier from my mother repeatedly, my memories would toss up seemingly incidental details, trying to find a discrete location to grab an evening smoke. My staff and i having a laugh while playing cards aboard air force, one that captured in a way the public record.
Never could my lived experience during the eight years i spent in the white house. I began writing this book shortly after the end of my presidency, after michelle and i had boarded air force, one for the last time and traveled west for a long deferred break the mood on the plane was bittersweet. Both of us were drained physically and emotionally. Not only by the labors of the previous eight years, but by the unexpected results of an election in which someone diametrically opposed to everything we stood for, had been chosen. As my success.