- Audio CD: 6 Seiten
- Verlag: Random House Audio; Auflage: Unabridged (9. September 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0739383221
- ISBN-13: 978-0739383223
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Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise (Englisch) Audio-CD – Audiobook, Ungekürzte Ausgabe
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* The most exciting politician of the day. Independent * 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. Guardian * This may be the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician. Joe Klein, Time [on Dreams From My Father] -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
The election of Barack Obama as President of the USA is a defining moment for all of us. After years of failed policies and a failed politics from Washington, change has arrived. Barack Obama now has the chance to reclaim the American dream. He has proven to be a new kind of leader-one who can bring people together, be honest about the challenges we all face, and move his nation forward. "Change We Can Believe In" outlines his vision for America and its standing in the world. In these pages you will find bold and specific ideas about how Barack Obama plans to fix the ailing American economy and strengthen its middle class, make health care affordable for all, achieve energy independence, and keep America safe in a dangerous world. "Change We Can Believe In" ask us not just to believe in Barack Obama's ability to bring change to Washington, it asks us to believe in the ability of each of us to change the world. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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The first half of this book, apparently written by campaign satffers, attempts to spell out what "Barackism" has to offer. In other words, it's his program statement through the words of his staffers. My friends, these ideas are good, but reading this part is as exciting as watching paint dry. Dull, dull, dull. Every other sentence begins, "In an Obama administration, this or that will happen." Bring out the sominex, people.
Part 2 is the good stuff. This contains the best of his actual recent speeches from Iowa (Jan. 4, 2008) up to a speech he made this summer in Michigan about the economy (this apparently went to press before the Denver speech of Aug 28, 2008). Even on paper, this is exciting and inspiring. Highlights include the New Hampshire speech of Jan 8, 2008 (best known as the "Yes We Can" speech), the Father's day speech (the one that inadvertantly killed off Jesse Jackson's career after the Rev. was caught making profane and jealous remarks on camera about this message), and his race speech in Philadelphia which articulates what a lot of us post-movement Blacks feel about the bitter ranting and pessimism that passes for Black nationalism.
So for reading the "Best of Barack" in his own words, it's pretty good. The rest? Let the buyer beware. Readers are better off with the various compilations of the "Best of Barack" in speeches and writings.
In essence, it's a glimpse into what Obama will do as president, why these actions are smart, and how he'll get the plan done. It's like a presidential crystal ball, letting readers know what they're voting for -- or against.
Change We Can Believe In was put together by Obama for America, with a foreword by the candidate. Net proceeds from book sales will be donated to charity.
The speeches soar. The "race" speech Obama gave in Philadelphia is striking in its honesty: it is from a leader, not a politician. From the New Hampshire Primary Night speech: "And so tomorrow, as we take this campaign south and west, as we learn that the struggles of the textile worker in Spartanburg are not so different than the plight of the dishwasher in Las Vegas; that the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of L.A.; we will remember that there is something happening in America: that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in America's story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea. Yes. We. Can."
Here's the chapter list:
Foreword by Barack Obama
Part One: The Plan
Introduction: Hope for America
1. Reviving Our Economy: Strengthening the Middle Class
* Provide immediate relief with an emergency economic plan
* Economic security and opportunity for all American families
* Affordable health care for all Americans
* Empower families to succeed
* Restore trust, return to fiscal responsibility
2. Investing In Our Prosperity: Creating our Economic Future
* Promote our energy independence and create five million green jobs
* A world-class education for every American
* Make America the undisputed leader in science and technology
* Build the infrastructure of the twenty-first century
* Help our small businesses and manufacturers thrive and create jobs
* Compete and thrive in the global economy
3. Rebuilding America's Leadership: Restoring our Place in the World
* End the war in Iraq responsibly
* Finish the fight against Al Qaeda and turn the tide against global terrorism
* Rebuild a strong twenty-first-century military
* Stop the spread of nuclear weapons
* Renew our alliances to meet new global challenges
4. Perfecting Our Union: Embracing America's Values
* Restore trust in government and clean up Washington
* Make voluntary citizen service universal
* Partner with communities of faith
* Strengthen families
* Advance equal opportunity for all Americans
* Secure our borders and reform a broken immigration system
* Safeguard the environment for future generations
* Honor sportsmen and protect the great outdoors
* Fight crime and promote public safety
Conclusion: Yes We Can
Part Two: The Call
Declaration of Candidacy, Feb. 10, 2007, Springfield, Illinois
Iowa Caucus Night, Jan. 3, 2008, Des Moines, Iowa
New Hampshire Primary Night, Jan. 8, 2008, Nashua, New Hampshire
A More Perfect Union, March 18, 2008, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Father's Day 2008, June 15, 2008, Chicago, Illinois
Renewing American Competitiveness, June 16, 2008, Flint, Michigan
A World That Stands As One, July 24, 2008, Berlin, Germany
Because Obama has been so eloquent with his first two books, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance and The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, the lack of a first-person voice in the first two-thirds of the book was initially off-putting to me. However, what dawned on me as I was reading his stepwise proposals was how his policies have become larger than even his media-ready personality. The transformative nature of the text resonates more in the third person since the policies reflect a singular vision of sweeping change that is almost overwhelming in its scope but at the same time, attainable and inevitable. That is how the book reflects Obama's purest gift, the ability to inspire and to get people to look beyond their own personal needs. The Obama team divides his plan into four distinct components:
-- Reviving the economy by creating bottom-up growth, foregoing policies that protect special interest groups, and providing affordable health care.
-- Fortifying our economic future by introducing five million green jobs, investing in education, and playing a more effective role in globalization to keep up with exploding economies like China and India.
-- Rebuilding the nation's leadership on a global scale by ending the Iraqi conflict responsibly, refocusing efforts on thwarting global terrorism, and renewing alliances that have been unwisely ignored during the last administration.
-- Embracing the values of the citizenry by forging trust in the government, encouraging public participation and service, and turning the tide on the pervasive cynicism destroying the national fabric.
Obama's personal voice comes back in full force in the last third of the book with the complete text of seven rousing speeches he gave over the course of the campaign. They range from his brief tribute to fathers who take responsibility for their children's future to his clarion call in Flint, Mi, to renew American competitiveness. Three years ago, McCain co-wrote a fine book targeted to young adults, Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember, which identified 34 role models, all of whom followed their conscience against seemingly insurmountable odds to achieve their sense of truth and decency. It is a book similar in intent to John F. Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Profiles in Courage: Decisive Moments in the Lives of Celebrated Americans. Had they not become political opponents this year, I really believe McCain would have given due consideration to include Obama.