Our Enduring Spirit: President Barack Obama's First Words to America

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On January 20, 2009, millions of people gathered at the Capitol in Washington, DC, and around televisions across the country and throughout the world to watch a new president take the oath of office. Afterward, he delivered a speech, President Barack Obama's first words to America as her leader.

These are the words that make up Our Enduring Spirit. Inspirational and honest, mindful of the past while looking ahead to the future, President Obama's address conveyed a singular ...

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Overview

On January 20, 2009, millions of people gathered at the Capitol in Washington, DC, and around televisions across the country and throughout the world to watch a new president take the oath of office. Afterward, he delivered a speech, President Barack Obama's first words to America as her leader.

These are the words that make up Our Enduring Spirit. Inspirational and honest, mindful of the past while looking ahead to the future, President Obama's address conveyed a singular vision for a country united. Brought to life in stunning paintings by acclaimed artist Greg Ruth, Our Enduring Spirit is a record of this vision and a tribute to a people with the promise, the determination, and the hope to make it so. All grades

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Ruth's concluding note explains that he was “electrified” by the results of the 2008 presidential election and began drawing portraits of Obama, which led to this evocative picture book. The selected excerpts from Obama's speech (also printed in its entirety at the end of the book) only obliquely note the nation's current crises, but make ample use of Obama's numerous historical references: a ship approaches Ellis Island on one half of a spread, facing four slaves harvesting cotton (“For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West, endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth”). Dramatic washes of color are juxtaposed with Ruth's inky paintings of the president and of Americans past and present, as strong brushstrokes define their subjects while creating a tangible sense of movement. With the book's emphasis on common values and backgrounds, readers are likely to come away with a sense of pride, hope and belonging, while recognizing that freedom doesn't come without work. All ages. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061834554
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Pages: 48
  • Lexile: 1030L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Barack Obama is a former senator, bestselling author, and the forty-fourth president of the United States. He was born in Hawaii, spent much of his life in Illinois, and now lives with his wife and two daughters in Washington, DC.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2009

    Why not?

    With more than six weeks to go before the book is actually published, I just thought I would be the first to give it 5 stars without reading it. There will doubtless be many more who will do so.

    I read his other two books and found them very revealing. In view of his own statement in "Dreams From My Father" that he truly found himself on his first visit to Kenya, I regard it as a great misfortune -- both for him and for the United States -- that he was unable to run for President of Kenya. Kenya has a longer history with Mr. Obama's style of politics than does the United States.

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