A Promised Land. In the preface to the memoir, President Obama writes that the goal of the book is to “… capture, in a way that the public record never could, my lived experience during the eight years I lived in the White House.” The former president maintains this goal throughout the book in a bold, yet entirely successful venture. While A Promised Land conveys the optimism that has become a defining trait of the former president, it also acknowledges the issues that our country still struggles with.(rollingout.com) – The president is just a person. However, due to the weight of the decisions the president makes day to day, we forget that each and every person we elect to the Oval Office is just a human being. Former POTUS Barack Obama grapples with this reality in his book,
The book conveys both the highlights and the failures of Obama personally and as a leader. Further, the text ties the political to the personal, showing the ways in which everyday people influenced the president to act. A Promised Land also looks beyond the White House and acknowledges the necessity of grassroots workers, student activists, and the next generation in building a better tomorrow. In hindsight, many have mixed feelings about the Obama administration. However, regardless of political orientation, A Promised Land still offers readers a path toward conversation and unity during a time in which the divisions between us continue to grow.
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