Barack Obama was one of the most popular candidates who bid for the presidency in modern time when he ran in 2008.
As president however, Obama popularity plummeted almost immediately; he suffered the fiercest opposition from the Republican Party than any president since the creation of the nation.
Amidst a flurry of criticism, it’s easy to miss what Obama has done as president and where he had failed.
“The OBAMA Legacy” is an attempt to sketch an accurate picture of Obama's presidency.
The book dispels all myths about Obama. It discusses his presidency in a very unorthodox fashion, by relying exclusively on "verifiable facts"
The book completely ignores gossips, political arguments and partisanship in order to sketch a true picture of the 44th president. The OBAMA Legacy is not however a tabulation of praises for the Obama administration; it is a hard look at how he has led the country during his presidency.
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About the Author
Mike expressed a passion for reading and writing at a very young age; at 17, he had already read the Bible three times cover to cover.
At the age of 18, Mike wrote a 100-page essay (in French) about the difficult assimilation of artificial organs into the human body. His insatiable thirst for knowledge and his passion for writing nudged him to pursue a degree in journalism; he graduated in June 2014 with a degree in journalism and communication.
Currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of InterNotes Mobile Corp, Mike spend his spare time publishing opinions on The People Branch blog http://peoplebranch.org.
Mike writes to address government wrongdoing and society entrenched bias; he is a fierce enemy of social injustice.
Table of ContentsINTRODUCTION 5
THE MEANING OF OBAMA 10
THE REPUBLICAN PRISM 16
THE DEMOCRAT PRISM 22
OBAMA A POLITICAL HOUDINI 26
THE OBJECTIVE PRISM 29
FOREIGN POLICY 36
OBAMA GRADE 47
The Red Line in the Sand 64
Syria backed by Russia 66
Gas found - fabricated or planted 74
GHOST OF IRAQ WAR 87
IRAQ / AFGHANISTAN 89
SOCIAL ISSUES 193
DANCING WITH THE SEXES 194
TANGLING WITH PRISONERS 199
SECURITY & TERRORISM 205
ENERGY & CLIMATE CHANGE 215
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received this as a birthday gift- It was as easy read and pretty interesting. I'd recommend this to others who'd like to learn more about Obama. Despite comments from others here and on Amazon that the author is leaning towards Obama, I found that he strikes a balance. There are many sections one gets the impression the opinion comes from a Republican. As an Obama fan, I was sometimes disappointed the author brings those things to the fore. However, I do understand that he tried hard to abide by facts which makes this book palatable for both Democrats and Republicans
This is just what I was looking for: a chronological record of President Obama's accomplishments in spite of unilateral campaign by the opposite to ruin all effort to govern.
Mike is a simple and effective storyteller. He gives one chapter for each of President Obama’s accomplishments to a particular group or need. The groups are the young, the LGBT, the veterans, the prisoners, African Americans. He appointed more African Americans than ever before, encouraged more to apply, signed bills to protect abused women, end discrimination against the LGBT community, and finally the DACA policy for immigrants. As president, Obama took steps to protect undocumented immigrant minors, keep dishonest for-profit colleges from cheating veterans, and made strict rules for contractors doing business with the federal government. In these cases, his use of executive orders made sense. The book doesn’t go into much detail on Obama’s defense policies, most of which were weak. Being a Republican, I see the book in a much different prism than a Democrat. Overall, the author did a good job to cater to a Democrat audience
There was so much riding on President Obama’s shoulder in 2008 and 2012 that to succeed at turning this country around the way he promised meant he would take a lot of hits in order to get it done. What Mike Ducheine lays out in this book is the depth of his virtue and character and how each blow to the core beliefs was one that made him stronger and fights harder for everyone’s right.
This book really deserves 5 stars but I abstained. I am an Obama fan who doesn't take criticism well. The author takes an approach that I do not always read in a book with such title; instead of analyzing the good and positive aspects of Obama's presidency, the author decides to dissect everything the former president had done and gets the reader to consider the impact of his policies, of his decisions. At times, one would get the impression the book was written by a Republican; there is so much criticism of his policy towards Syria, of his decision to set restrictions on Russia for Crimea, and so on. No matter where one stands however, you cannot but acclaim the author to have taken a more objective approach to write about the 44th president. Republicans would probably enjoy it (especially the harsh criticism) as much as any Obama's fan
There are a lot of books out there about Obama; in modern time, both sides were in a rush to write how they view him as president. You can't but help asking whether it is even worth reading about any political actor anymore. A friend recommended The Obama Legacy; reluctantly, I decided to read it. It does feel a bit partisan, although I must admit the author makes liberal use of facts to make his points. But don't be fooled by the title, the author did not try to be nice about Obama or his presidency. He looks at his accomplishments through an objective prism. At times, you may even feel that the author was frustrated and disappointed of some aspects of Obama's performance. Regardless how you feel about Obama, if you're open minded and willing to accept facts, you will enjoy this book. There is one specific discussion which stays with me: the author believes the Obama administration may have contributed to a possible World War III the wheels of which are already grinding. It is a good read