What Obama Means

What Obama Means

For Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Future

Book - 2009
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A cultural analysis of the relevance of Barack Obama's career goes beyond the 2008 election to reveal his impact on American politics and society, explaining how his achievements and popularity reflect a positive convergence of trends, political developments, and market forces.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, [2009]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780061711336
0061711330
Characteristics: xii, 223 pages ; 22 cm

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Apr 20, 2011

Undoubtedly, our President arrived at the White House standing on the shoulders of the venerable civil rights pioneers. Obama has clearly acknowledged that.

But the author of this book takes this concept further out – in the first chapter, he maintains that Michael Jackson and Prince conditioned white Americans to accept African Americans. The idea rather irritated me – Michael Jackson and Prince??- but I got used to the concept as the book progressed.

After discussing singers & jazz men, the author proceeded to detail the famous African American actors, athletes, preachers & speakers, and politicians who paved the way for Obama’s present place of employment in the Oval Office.

He also spends a lot of time talking about how attractive and cool Barack is. (How can anyone deny it?)

Personally, I think the author’s idea would’ve made a great magazine article. As a book, I found it somewhat tedious. The title, “What Obama Means”, seems incorrect; maybe it should’ve been “Those Who Were Before Obama”.

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