In his first book, Dreams from My Father, published in 1995, Barack Obama described his childhood in Hawaii and Indonesia and his early adult years serving the poor, predominantly black communities of Chicago. The book ends with a visit to his father’s homeland, Kenya. At this stage, Barack Obama was still tackling the issue of his black identity, as he called it. In this second book, The Audacity of Hope, published in 2006, the resurrected soul is free to explore the universal problems of poverty, no matter what color, race or community they appear in. The public has every reason to doubt the intentions of those who bid for high political office, but in Barack Obama they found a leader they could trust.
Barack Obama explains the socioeconomic and political situation in the United States with great clarity and scholarship. Based on extensive reading, years of working with impoverished communities, and extensive discussions with politicians of all persuasion, he seeks solutions that both target his aims and compromise the realities of the often stalemate political situation. . As a US senator during the Republican administration of George W. Bush, he describes how he could not promote his own bills, but was successful in pushing several amendments that reduced the impact on the vulnerable and vulnerable. .
The book ends with the words ‘My heart is filled with love for this country’. Barack Obama respects the US Constitution laid down by the Founding Fathers and adheres to most of its core principles. However he also feels that times change and that some amendments are necessary, especially with the Second Amendment: the right to bear arms. Another of his aims is to establish universal health care free of cost at the time of delivery. He knows that in gun control, health care provision, and welfare benefits in general, most other advanced countries are now far ahead of the United States. He regrets that the richest country in the world neglects the welfare of so many of its citizens.
Barack Obama is a self-confessed man of faith, but he believes in freedom of worship and the separation of church and state. He opposes fundamentalism in all its forms and believes that people of all religions desire the same things: meaningful employment, social security and family life, and that they can achieve them by coming together in a spirit of tolerance and mutual respect. Huh. He notes that some churches have amassed a lot of money that could have been better spent for these purposes.
The book is now read after the event of the Obama presidency, during which he struggled to advance his policies against a resolute and powerful opposition. It is sad to see that in a modern democracy people can still be persuaded to vote against their own best interests. In time, enough people may realize that this book both explains what the United States is like, and shows what it should be like.