A Promised Land by Barack Obama

How I Read It: Audiobook

Dates Read: 1/18/21-1/27/21

How I Found It: Personal Recommendation

I come from a deeply liberal family, one who openly supported both Obama and Biden in their presidential wins. And while I try to stay politically neutral for the majority of posts, I think that that liberal ideology has easily leaked itself into the books I choose or the statements I have made. My purpose of reading this book is in part, all because of Trump supporters. Following the insurrection that was performed on January 6th, I have become a news junkie. I have a google alert for “capital riots”, I watch the news every night when I get home from work, and I am constantly worried about what the next day might bring. With the promise of reading works featuring and written by non-whites, I figured that this would be the time to listen to Obama discuss his first term as president of the United States of America.

In an effort of being transparent, I was 13 years old when Obama was elected. At the time of his second term, I was still unable to vote. For the majority of my life, I never paid attention to the news more than the things that got trickled down through conversations. As an adult, I like to think that I am more politically aware, but I still have a long way to go before I believe I am politically literate. So what I will say is that at the time Obama was in office, I blindly supported him, though I knew very little about his actual presidency.

For many parts of this book, I looked at this as someone who is living in a pandemic. With a suffering economy, listening to Obama’s struggle with pushing a stimulus bill seems to hit a little too close to home. Add on that his response on the H1N1 virus and the cliché of “history repeats itself” feels too true for words. And while I won’t go into a whole lot of details about everything that happened in his term, there were a lot of moments where I learned a lot about the things that I knew happened but didn’t realize the extent to which they happened.

There is a lot I can say about this book, but ultimately I will leave it up to you. And while I recommend that everyone, regardless of political affiliation, read about heads of state to get an entire idea of their administrations and the history of this country. I will say that Obama has a tendency to throw A LOT of information at you throughout the book so it is a little bit of a lecture.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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