An American Story: The Speeches of Barack Obama: A Primer

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Barack Obama, junior senator from Illinois, first captured America’s attention with his keynote address to the Democratic National Convention in 2004. Now, as presumptive Democratic candidate for President, Obama’s superb and captivating oratory style has earned him comparisons to John F. Kennedy and even Martin Luther King – and on the campaign trail Obama has achieved near rock-star status. Obama speaks on themes of race, identity, community, and above all, his hoped-for vision of a New America. His legions of...
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Overview


Barack Obama, junior senator from Illinois, first captured America’s attention with his keynote address to the Democratic National Convention in 2004. Now, as presumptive Democratic candidate for President, Obama’s superb and captivating oratory style has earned him comparisons to John F. Kennedy and even Martin Luther King – and on the campaign trail Obama has achieved near rock-star status. Obama speaks on themes of race, identity, community, and above all, his hoped-for vision of a New America. His legions of supporters gravitate towards his unblemished idealism. Still, as David Olive writes, “even the most ardent supporters of Barack Obama ... might wonder at times if the mesmerizing orator is more style than substance.” Here, interspersed with the entire text of Obama’s key speeches, Olive explores the controversies: Obama shedding his American flag lapel pin, Reverend Wright, his anti-war stance, his strong Christian faith, and his often racially charged remarks – and the victories: passage for more than 280 bills in his last two years in the Illinois state senate, his actions towards social justice, and his remarkable rise from underdog to potential future president of the United States. Bookended with Obama’s ’04 keynote at the Democratic National Convention and “A More Perfect Union” – called the only historic speech of this 2008 campaign – An American Story exposes politicos, voters, and fans of Obama to the speeches that gave rise to the current phenomenon.
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"With truly inspirational speeches and the back story for all of them, [this]is a feel-good read . . . [that] stays just as interesting as the actual campaign was or even more so."  —Sacramento Book Review

Sacramento Book Review
With truly inspirational speeches and the back story for all of them, [this]is a feel-good read . . . stays just as interesting as the actual campaign was or even more so.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550228649
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author


David Olive is the author of 10 previous books, including "More Political Babble: The Dumbest Things Politicians Ever Said," and an award-winning journalist whose business articles, news reporting, and reviews have been published widely. Currently a busin
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Table of Contents

The Politics of Hope and Reality 1

Barack Obama on the Major Issues 41

Michelle Obama: The Achiever 65

A note on Barack Obama's Oratorical Style and its Impact 87

Speeches

Iraq War: Obama's prescient warning about an Iraq invasion 91

National Unity: Obama denounces false divisions among Americans 97

Prosperity and Fairness: Obama calls for a middle-class revival 107

Education Reform: America can't afford to fall behind in the 21st-century economy 117

Literacy: Improved literacy is the key to American competitiveness 127

Veterans: Obama condemns neglect of military veterans 137

A Caring Society: Obama's pragmatic approach to progressive politics 145

Global Warming: The climate-change threat requires urgent action 153

Religion and Politics: Religious faith should not be divorced from politics 165

Stem Cell Research: A reminder that science has saved millions of lives 183

Compassion: The role of Dr. King's example in everyday American life 189

Resolving Iraq: A blueprint for Iraq withdrawal and restoring Mideast stability 193

Health Care: Universal coverage as an American competitive advantage 209

Terrorism: A long-delayed plan for crushing global terrorism 217

The Golden Rule: Only with mutual respect can Americans move forward 237

Politcal Reform: It's time the American public, not lobbyists, ran Washington 245

Race in America: The real grievances of both blacks and whites can no longer be ignored 253

Foreign Policy: A new American worldview both hard-line and humanitarian 271

Economic Renewal: The Iraq conflict distracts us from crises at home and abroad287

Nobility of Public Service: America needs your service to community, country, and the world 295

Patriotism: Obama redefines patriotism for the 21st century 305

An Obama Primer: From birth to presidential candidate 317

Internet Resources 343

Bibliography and Selected Reading 345

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