President Barack Obama has that keen ability to see around the corners in life. When he first ran for office in 2008, his slogan was “Change We Can Believe In.” Speaking of books that can shift the country slightly on its foundations, President Obama was in for the heavy lift.
His book, Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama’s Plan to Renew America’s Promise was a promise to move the country completely off of its old crumbling foundation and onto a firmer foundation. That meant recognizing then grasping the opportunity every moment of life offered.
One of those great changes was his DACA Act. He freed people whose parents brought them to the United States, through no fault of their own, from the constant anxiety of deportation. It allowed them to lead full lives, going to college if they chose and getting jobs.
What is DACA? The Anti-Defamation League website describes the recent Supreme Court news this way:
‘On June 18, 2020, the Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in a 5-4 ruling. The ruling maintains the program and allows DACA recipients to renew membership, which offers them work authorization and temporary protection from deportation. The ruling leaves open the possibility that the Administration could still end DACA in the future if they give a proper justification.’
The 44th president tweeted “we may look different and come from everywhere.” Then he added, “what makes us Americans are our shared ideals…:”
‘Eight years ago this week, we protected young people who were raised as part of our American family from deportation. Today, I’m happy for them, their families, and all of us. We may look different and come from everywhere, but what makes us American are our shared ideals…’
In the description of Obama’s book, Amazon wrote about his “vision for America:”
‘The election of Barack Obama as President of the United States is a defining moment in American history. After years of failed policies and failed politics from Washington, this is our chance to reclaim the American dream. Barack Obama has proven to be a new kind of leader–one who can bring people together, be honest about the challenges we face, and move this nation forward. Change We Can Believe In outlines his vision for America.’
Then, President Obama expanded that vision to include his former Vice President for eight years Joe Biden. In November, Americans can stand beside Obama and help fulfill his vision for a country that can be “truly worthy of this nation of immigrants once and for all:”
‘…and now to stand up for those ideals, we have to move forward and [email protected] and a Democratic Congress that does its job, protects DREAMers, and finally creates a system that’s truly worthy of this nation of immigrants once and for all.’
In both the Amazon and the Waterstone sites, The Guardian eloquently reviewed the president’s book:
‘Like Bill Clinton, he has the knack of weaving together the personal and the anecdotal with the political and the conceptual, so that each point seems both persuasive and commonsensical.’
The Financial Times described Obama’s book this way:
‘Speaking in public seems to be both a personal need and a political creed for Obama. He is not just a fine orator: he is consciously putting oratory at the centre (British spelling) of his political being – and in doing so seeks to embed himself in a vital American tradition.’
Twitter world caught fire at President Obama’s words. Take a look at how Americans responded to him today:
Featured image is a screenshot via Twitter.
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