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“[D]emocracy isn’t a spectator sport. America isn’t about ‘yes he will.’ It’s about ‘yes we can.’” —Barack Obama Experience the powerful oratory of our 44th president! Obama’s skill at expressing deep empathy and thoughtful idealism made him a bestselling author at an early age. These selections have been drawn from his speeches, interviews, essays, books, social media “[D]emocracy isn’t a spectator sport. America isn’t about ‘yes he will.’ It’s about ‘yes we can.’” —Barack Obama Experience the powerful oratory of our 44th president! Obama’s skill at expressing deep empathy and thoughtful idealism made him a bestselling author at an early age. These selections have been drawn from his speeches, interviews, essays, books, social media posts, and other writings over the past 20 years. They reveal a sharp intellect, dynamic leadership style, and steadfast determination. Arranged thematically, the quotations reveal his thoughts and feelings, and even the occasional joke, about the many issues he faced during his two terms as president, from universal healthcare and same-sex equality to racial equality, and the threat of terrorism. In these passages, Obama: Speaks passionately about the ideals and beliefs at the core of the American Dream Vigorously advocates for the equality and inclusion of all Americans Eloquently expresses the need for smarter education and innovation Elaborates a vision for a national security posture as judicious as it is tough Makes the case for decisive action on climate change Advocates for common-sense gun-control legislation and prison reform An illuminating and eloquent collection, Barack Obama: Quotable Wisdom offers readers new insight into this remarkable leader, charismatic man, and gifted orator whose words have time and again restored the faith and bolstered the hopes of millions of Americans.  


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“[D]emocracy isn’t a spectator sport. America isn’t about ‘yes he will.’ It’s about ‘yes we can.’” —Barack Obama Experience the powerful oratory of our 44th president! Obama’s skill at expressing deep empathy and thoughtful idealism made him a bestselling author at an early age. These selections have been drawn from his speeches, interviews, essays, books, social media “[D]emocracy isn’t a spectator sport. America isn’t about ‘yes he will.’ It’s about ‘yes we can.’” —Barack Obama Experience the powerful oratory of our 44th president! Obama’s skill at expressing deep empathy and thoughtful idealism made him a bestselling author at an early age. These selections have been drawn from his speeches, interviews, essays, books, social media posts, and other writings over the past 20 years. They reveal a sharp intellect, dynamic leadership style, and steadfast determination. Arranged thematically, the quotations reveal his thoughts and feelings, and even the occasional joke, about the many issues he faced during his two terms as president, from universal healthcare and same-sex equality to racial equality, and the threat of terrorism. In these passages, Obama: Speaks passionately about the ideals and beliefs at the core of the American Dream Vigorously advocates for the equality and inclusion of all Americans Eloquently expresses the need for smarter education and innovation Elaborates a vision for a national security posture as judicious as it is tough Makes the case for decisive action on climate change Advocates for common-sense gun-control legislation and prison reform An illuminating and eloquent collection, Barack Obama: Quotable Wisdom offers readers new insight into this remarkable leader, charismatic man, and gifted orator whose words have time and again restored the faith and bolstered the hopes of millions of Americans.  

30 review for Barack Obama: Quotable Wisdom

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mike Sumner

    Passages selected from Barack Obama's speeches, interviews, essays, books, social media posts and other writings over the past twenty years. Arranged thematically the selections reveal his thoughts and feelings and even the occasional joke - about the many issues he faced during his two terms as president: - universal healthcare - same-sex marriage equality - racial equality - the threat of terrorism to name a few These extracts reveal a great intellect, dynamic leadership style and steadfast determin Passages selected from Barack Obama's speeches, interviews, essays, books, social media posts and other writings over the past twenty years. Arranged thematically the selections reveal his thoughts and feelings and even the occasional joke - about the many issues he faced during his two terms as president: - universal healthcare - same-sex marriage equality - racial equality - the threat of terrorism to name a few These extracts reveal a great intellect, dynamic leadership style and steadfast determination. Edited by Carol Kelly-Gangi.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    Listing quotes from Obama's many speeches, interviews and social media posts is an interesting idea. And organizing them based on common themes is a great way to for someone to learn about his stance on some issues and beliefs. But, like a novel that focuses on plot instead of story, it made me yearn for depth. Interested in checking out the books he himself wrote. Not a bad book by any means though.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    A very nice book with quotes on assorted topics.All quotes came from interviews and speeches,etc. A nice compilation!!!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Excerpts from President Obama's speeches, interviews, and various writings are presented in this book. Though it does not follow a traditional narrative, it produces a compelling story, for I read these and considered the context of each quote. At the same time that President Obama's life is presented to us, we readers can reflect on what was happening in our country when these words were first formed. What story were we collectively living when he was personally articulating these thoughts? I k Excerpts from President Obama's speeches, interviews, and various writings are presented in this book. Though it does not follow a traditional narrative, it produces a compelling story, for I read these and considered the context of each quote. At the same time that President Obama's life is presented to us, we readers can reflect on what was happening in our country when these words were first formed. What story were we collectively living when he was personally articulating these thoughts? I kept reflecting on that as I read these. I admired his eloquence and wisdom in some of these, and I enjoyed his humor in some of the others. In all, I was impressed by his insight. Again, he was making observations that corresponded with not only his life but many milestones of our country. For better or worse, we share this same story or at least the same time in history. I just wish I could generate the same wisdom and wit he has. This is not a traditional book; it is more of a reference for me, so I gave it a rating of 3. (Mind you, that still means I like it.) I'm looking forward to reading more of his other, longer writings.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    “In the end, if the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists—to protect them and to promote their common welfare—all else is lost.” — Barack Obama, University of Nairobi, 2006. Quotable Wisdom I think is a bit too generous a title. Sure, lots of quotes. Many of them good ones. But it was more a repetitious sampling of his philosophy than a collection of quotes worth remembering. Reasonably well organized, and a reasonable length. Not a bad book, just one I wouldn’t re “In the end, if the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists—to protect them and to promote their common welfare—all else is lost.” — Barack Obama, University of Nairobi, 2006. Quotable Wisdom I think is a bit too generous a title. Sure, lots of quotes. Many of them good ones. But it was more a repetitious sampling of his philosophy than a collection of quotes worth remembering. Reasonably well organized, and a reasonable length. Not a bad book, just one I wouldn’t recommend you all go out and buy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tomi Alger

    This book is full of comments and statements from Mr. Obama, from speeches, commencement addresses, tweets, press conferences, and more. The topics are varied and include such things as race, the environment, government, women, climate change, the Presidency, family life, and education. These statements reinforce his hope in mankind, his hope for the future, and his enjoyment of people and life. It adds to my respect for him.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Naori

    “Never forget that we have it within our power to shape history in this country. It is not in our character to sit idly by as victims of fate or circumstance, for we are a people of action and innovation, forever pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.”

  8. 5 out of 5

    Charity

    It doesn't get better than #44 and this is a nice collection of some of his amazing oratory.

  9. 5 out of 5

    George

    Great book, lists of quotes and information to provide a good insight of Barack Obama.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Doug

    This was a Goodreads.com ARC giveaway. Even harsh critics of President Obama gave him credit for being a strong public speaker. This book contains some of his inspiring and articulate rhetoric.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tena

    What a lovely little book to add to one's historical library collection. #GoodreadsGiveaway

  12. 5 out of 5

    Steve Green

    Just a lot of quotes from him.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christine

  15. 5 out of 5

    Zsuzsanna Szantosi

  16. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne Wyker

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chris Egress

  18. 4 out of 5

    Annamarie Francois

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    McKenzie Whitesides

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mike Pouraryan

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

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    Shaun

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linda Davis

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    Melissa Boles

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    Roxanne Moadel-Attie

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Lynn

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