Did you know that Barack Obama worked while a basketball game played on the TV? He’s a regular Joe, just like the rest of us. And like some of us, he went through a period where he didn’t know who he was or where he was going. He turned to books, everything from Marx to Marcuse, Foucault to Woolf. He bought a big stack of books at a Honolulu used bookstore, and he kept them his entire life. He says they helped him solace.
Obama writes about Donald Trump’s “birther” conspiracy. He’s not surprised that the conspiracy won airtime on Fox News, but he is still angry that respectable news agencies such as ABC, NBC and CNN gave endless airtime to the racial slurs. Obama writes, “at no point did they simply and forthrightly call Trump out for lying or state that the conspiracy theory he was promoting was racist”.
Mr. Obama tried to keep this edition of his memoirs short, to 500 pages, but it runs to over 700 pages and covers his first term in office. A second volume is due out sometime in the future.
With winter here, and many of us stuck at home due to COVID-19 restrictions, now’s a great time to pick up a book by an inspirational brother.
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