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The election of Barack Obama as President of the United States is a defining moment in American history. After years of failed policies and failed politics from Washington, this is our chance to reclaim the American dream. Barack Obama has proven to be a new kind of leaderone who can bring people together, be honest about the challenges we face, and move this nation The election of Barack Obama as President of the United States is a defining moment in American history. After years of failed policies and failed politics from Washington, this is our chance to reclaim the American dream. Barack Obama has proven to be a new kind of leader–one who can bring people together, be honest about the challenges we face, and move this nation forward. Change We Can Believe In outlines his vision for America. In these pages you will find bold and specific ideas about how to fix our ailing economy and strengthen the middle class, make health care affordable for all, achieve energy independence, and keep America safe in a dangerous world. Change We Can Believe In asks us not just to believe in Barack Obama’s ability to bring change to Washington, it asks us to believe in our ability to change the world.


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The election of Barack Obama as President of the United States is a defining moment in American history. After years of failed policies and failed politics from Washington, this is our chance to reclaim the American dream. Barack Obama has proven to be a new kind of leaderone who can bring people together, be honest about the challenges we face, and move this nation The election of Barack Obama as President of the United States is a defining moment in American history. After years of failed policies and failed politics from Washington, this is our chance to reclaim the American dream. Barack Obama has proven to be a new kind of leader–one who can bring people together, be honest about the challenges we face, and move this nation forward. Change We Can Believe In outlines his vision for America. In these pages you will find bold and specific ideas about how to fix our ailing economy and strengthen the middle class, make health care affordable for all, achieve energy independence, and keep America safe in a dangerous world. Change We Can Believe In asks us not just to believe in Barack Obama’s ability to bring change to Washington, it asks us to believe in our ability to change the world.

30 review for Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gil Bradshaw

    I'm glad to see that someone in Obama's team has thought through so many issues in such a comprehensive manner. There is value from a PR standpoint in this book. Not a beach read though. And its depressing because he addresses so many issues that are confronting our country and the whole country seems like its at such a dead end. I like the idea of this book because his writing of the book will hold him accountable more than other presidents. To rebut his actions, you can point to page [_] where I'm glad to see that someone in Obama's team has thought through so many issues in such a comprehensive manner. There is value from a PR standpoint in this book. Not a beach read though. And its depressing because he addresses so many issues that are confronting our country and the whole country seems like its at such a dead end. I like the idea of this book because his writing of the book will hold him accountable more than other presidents. To rebut his actions, you can point to page [_] where he said he would do [_] and [_]. Why haven't you done [_] like you said? Frankly, I appreciate the transparency. This, among other things, makes me think that Obama's intentions are sincere. The book really sets him up for failure if he can't deliver. It will be interesting to see if he can do some of the things he says he will in his book. Finally, he can point to his book for his cabinet and have them use it as a baseline for their actions. In essence, he isn't communicating just to the voters, but to his entire appointed staff.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    I actually didn't know what this book was when I started reading it. I thought it was written by Obama, but in fact it appears to have been written by his campaign staff with a foreword from Obama. And that's fine, but I wish I had read this book before the campaign because reading it after the election is a little silly. I already voted for the man so it's really not necessary for anyone to try and sell me on him. That's what this book does, essentially. It lays out everything Obama hopes to do I actually didn't know what this book was when I started reading it. I thought it was written by Obama, but in fact it appears to have been written by his campaign staff with a foreword from Obama. And that's fine, but I wish I had read this book before the campaign because reading it after the election is a little silly. I already voted for the man so it's really not necessary for anyone to try and sell me on him. That's what this book does, essentially. It lays out everything Obama hopes to do in his presidency, which is great because now we have a written account of what he hopes to accomplish and we can check back every so often to see if he is living up to the expectations he set for himself. Whoever had the idea to put this book into publication was probably a genius because this is the sort of thing that the American people need to see: bullet points instead of talk, talk, talk with nothing to say, straightforward goals, etc.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Since I don't agree with most liberal policies, this book didn't stand a good chance of being "liked" - but I was pleasantly surprised to see some of the more moderate stances he has, particularly as concerns some national defense issues... if these are sincere and not just rhetoric to appease the masses who care about our security. However, apart from a summary and laundry list of policies and goals, there is no philosophical or argumentative basis (or support or examples for that matter) to Since I don't agree with most liberal policies, this book didn't stand a good chance of being "liked" - but I was pleasantly surprised to see some of the more moderate stances he has, particularly as concerns some national defense issues... if these are sincere and not just rhetoric to appease the masses who care about our security. However, apart from a summary and laundry list of policies and goals, there is no philosophical or argumentative basis (or support or examples for that matter) to persuade the reader as to why their approach is the right or best or appropriate approach to begin with... which leaves this book with all kinds of assumptions and holes, and leaving it utterly uninteresting to read. This and the fact that even when it does give specifics, they are completely out of context (ie. giving dollar amounts that mean nothing to most of us).

  4. 5 out of 5

    John

    I arrived home from work today and found this book in my mailbox. I walked into my home, sat down, and read it in its entirety. It is rare that I consume a book so completely without pause. As with any all encompassing policy proposal there will be items that you completely agree with and others that you would want to see some alterations to before being implemented. But, when read in the light (or shadows) of the last eight years under the Bush administration, Obama's vision is a breath of fresh I arrived home from work today and found this book in my mailbox. I walked into my home, sat down, and read it in its entirety. It is rare that I consume a book so completely without pause. As with any all encompassing policy proposal there will be items that you completely agree with and others that you would want to see some alterations to before being implemented. But, when read in the light (or shadows) of the last eight years under the Bush administration, Obama's vision is a breath of fresh air that allows you to once again ponder what America is truly capable of accomplishing. When read in comparison with the muddled, status quo policies being hocked by McCain, it is difficult to see how any critical thinking citizen with a social conscience could not easily prefer Obama's proposal. Of course, some of Obama's proposals will still need to be outlined in a more comprehensive manner, but what is offered in this volume clearly shows his pragmatism and careful consideration of issues that will unify, strengthen, and move America forward into the 21st century. If you believe we, as Americans, are better as a nation when we work together to find solutions that improve the lives and secure the freedoms of ALL of our citizens, then you will find much to appreciate in this book. I had originally planned to give this book four stars for the outline of Obama's plan. But, in addition to the plan, seven of Obama's speeches are included at the back of the book. Among them is his "A More Perfect Union" speech that he gave in Philadelphia on March 18, 2008, where he confronted the issue of race in America. This speech alone is more than worthy of an additional star in my rating.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tommy

    The one thing I loved about this book is that it legitimately undermined anyone who criticized Obama for lack of providing specifics. Who is the last presidential candidate who released a book during a campaign that laid out most of his positions with modest intellectual support for why he thinks the way he/she does? Has anyone ever done it? What stuck out to me most is that there is actually some social and historical analysis here. It may be light but it is a breath of fresh air when you're The one thing I loved about this book is that it legitimately undermined anyone who criticized Obama for lack of providing specifics. Who is the last presidential candidate who released a book during a campaign that laid out most of his positions with modest intellectual support for why he thinks the way he/she does? Has anyone ever done it? What stuck out to me most is that there is actually some social and historical analysis here. It may be light but it is a breath of fresh air when you're used to having positions screamed rhetorically by candidates with no intellectual justification. It's nice to know that some politicians actually have convictions and thoughts and not just platforms rhetoric. I think many of his points could have been sharper and it would have been amazing if it actually were even more scholarly and he didn't really take many risks. That being said I think the points came through clearly and it was a great read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ck

    This is a good book to read if you have not been keeping up with Barack Obama's plans for when he gets into the White House. He has many plans that in my opinion sounds like good ideas. However, this book does not go into detail of how all these plans will work out. He talks about cutting this and giving money for that but, I really would like to see where the money for all his plans is coming from. And how come we got or can get all this money during the current state the US economy is in. This This is a good book to read if you have not been keeping up with Barack Obama's plans for when he gets into the White House. He has many plans that in my opinion sounds like good ideas. However, this book does not go into detail of how all these plans will work out. He talks about cutting this and giving money for that but, I really would like to see where the money for all his plans is coming from. And how come we got or can get all this money during the current state the US economy is in. This is a book of speeches and plans without going into detail of how. Nonetheless, I would read this book just to know what direction our future is heading once Barack Obama is in the White House. Just like voting it is your choice to know, or not to know is the question. And since this book does not give details you still may not know until we are paying for it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Change We Can Believe In outlines Barack Obama's vision for America. This trade sized paperback is just 288 pages, but inside the pages you will read about specific ideas about how to fix our ailing economy and strengthen the middle class, make health care affordable for all, achieve energy independence, and keep America safe in a dangerous world. They writing is clear and succinct. I especially enjoyed reading his speeches, as it has been many months since I first heard some of them. The Change We Can Believe In outlines Barack Obama's vision for America. This trade sized paperback is just 288 pages, but inside the pages you will read about specific ideas about how to fix our ailing economy and strengthen the middle class, make health care affordable for all, achieve energy independence, and keep America safe in a dangerous world. They writing is clear and succinct. I especially enjoyed reading his speeches, as it has been many months since I first heard some of them. The eloquent manner in which his speeches were spoken came to life once again as I read his words. Change We Can Believe In asks you not just to believe in Barack Obama’s ability to bring change to Washington, it asks you to believe in yours as well. Yes We Can! 4.5/5 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    This is a neat little book filled with mostly Barack's policies. Even better, the book contains 7 of the good senator's speeches from the campaign trail. I have listened to many of those speeches and they are fascinating, not only for the content, but for his eloquent way of speaking. If you have ever heard him speak, you will hear his voice clearly in this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lori Tatar

    It is a great accounting of what we have been promised and will become a great instrument with which to measure how many promises have been fulfilled. It is no wonder Obama was elected president. However, after having heard most of his speeches and being very familiar with his campaign and its platforms, the book is redundant.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Do you know what happens when you break a promise, Barack? Fairies die and children cry. Just something you should think about before hedging on your promise to require 10 percent of electricity come from renewable sources by 2012.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jostalady

    I appreciated that Barack laid out his plan for moving the US forward. I listened to each section multiple times to make sure I understood it, whether or not I agreed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    Outlines what the heck he's gonna do as President. I like clear cut answers and plans! Obama 08!

  13. 4 out of 5

    T.L. Cooper

    Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise set on my shelves in my reading stacks for approximately a decade before I finally read it. It's interesting to read it now that Barack Obama has served two terms as President of the United States. The successes, failures, and compromises of his presidency are all highlighted by reading this plan filled with hope, unifying ideas, and calls for working together. Reading it also reminded me of my own cynicism and how Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise set on my shelves in my reading stacks for approximately a decade before I finally read it. It's interesting to read it now that Barack Obama has served two terms as President of the United States. The successes, failures, and compromises of his presidency are all highlighted by reading this plan filled with hope, unifying ideas, and calls for working together. Reading it also reminded me of my own cynicism and how important it is to have hope. As I read I thought about how often we, as voters and citizens, get caught up what we hear on television or in speeches and don't bother to pay attention to the actual proposals being put forth. Change We Can Believe In holds a hope within it that we can rise above petty differences to achieve the aspirations we claim to have.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michael Jolls

    Obama's official campaign companion, "Change We Can Believe In", we see the detailed framework of reconfiguring the economy - which seems to be a litany of where billions of dollars are going to spread to various sectors. The stance on immigration (which I did screen shot) reads just like Donald Trump; different rhetoric, but the same message. The last quarter of the book includes a variety of speeches which really bring home that "new-JFK" patriotism that captured the vast majority of America Obama's official campaign companion, "Change We Can Believe In", we see the detailed framework of reconfiguring the economy - which seems to be a litany of where billions of dollars are going to spread to various sectors. The stance on immigration (which I did screen shot) reads just like Donald Trump; different rhetoric, but the same message. The last quarter of the book includes a variety of speeches which really bring home that "new-JFK" patriotism that captured the vast majority of America in 2008.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Not a fan. I listened to this book after listening to Obama's, "The Audacity of Hope." I will say, this book was a big let down after hearing Mr. President read his own book. The words are more convincing when you hear it from the horse's mouth.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    It was an interesting read even though it was written before he became president. It set out all what he wanted to do as president.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    The book was kinda just a list of his policies and little explanations under them. However, it was somewhat interesting even though it wasn't even written by him.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ankit

    Great book

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kyla Middleton

    A Change We Can Believe In is not a typical novel; it is a collection of seven speeches President Barack Obama made while he was a senator of Illinois and running for the presidency. The novel starts off in part one with the Presidents own words. It begins with his opinion of what society was like while he was running for president, and also massive amounts of criticism of George W. Bush. The entire novel consists of this. The novel includes Obamas own plans for the economy, foreign policy, and A “Change We Can Believe In” is not a typical novel; it is a collection of seven speeches President Barack Obama made while he was a senator of Illinois and running for the presidency. The novel starts off in part one with the President’s own words. It begins with his opinion of what society was like while he was running for president, and also massive amounts of criticism of George W. Bush. The entire novel consists of this. The novel includes Obama’s own plans for the economy, foreign policy, and job creation; but the underlying theme of the entire novel is that the Republican policies that President Bush used as president for eight years did not work for the country, and Obama would be able to change the effects these plans had on the country as president. The novel then moves on to Obama’s view on the economy. There he highlights the importance of the middle class in America and his plans for them. This is the most important and pivotal part of the novel because it displays a majority of what Obama was campaigning for. It displays that he was campaigning for the lower classes in society; he wanted to bring the power back to them with his plans. This is how he gained most of his votes during the election and was a preview of the change that was to come for our country. The novel then continues to transition over to renewable energy and education. Obama explains in this section that investing in renewable energy programs and education will be great, profitable, and important investments for the future of America. The novel then transitions into themes of unifying the country. Obama proposes his plans to help unify the country. This leads the reader into part two of the novel where all seven important campaign speeches of the President are highlighted. The book begins with Obama’s declaration speech in Illinois, it then moves on to a speech he made in caucus night, then a speech he made in New Hampshire on primary night, then a speech made in Pennsylvania, then to a speech made on Father’s Day in Chicago, then a speech he made in Michigan, and finally with a speech he made in Germany. All of these speeches bring the themes from part one of the novel back into the reader’s attention. They continue to highlight Obama’s views of and for the country and also include his plans for the economy, foreign policy, and unifying the nation. This novel is important because it is historic and insightful. It addresses the issues of the times during the 2008 presidential race and provides insight on how the country would shift in the future. This makes it evident that this novel is more than a collection of speeches; it is a collection of someone expressing himself democratically and proposing change for the country. One who is interested with politics or the President himself would enjoy this book. I would not recommend this book for someone who is not interested in politics or someone who is not fond of the president. If you do enjoy both politics and the president, then this is an educating and insightful read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bjorn Sorensen

    If we're using ratings, I would say that Obama ran a 5-star campaign and has so far been a 3-star president. I appreciate his calmness, his openness, and not in comparison to Bush because we as a country have far more to do than simply make up for 2000-2008: we now have an opportunity to change economic and political systems that continually brings us cycles of poverty and war. The book itself, while having its moments of specificity and inspiration, is still frustrating. A lot of numbers are If we're using ratings, I would say that Obama ran a 5-star campaign and has so far been a 3-star president. I appreciate his calmness, his openness, and not in comparison to Bush because we as a country have far more to do than simply make up for 2000-2008: we now have an opportunity to change economic and political systems that continually brings us cycles of poverty and war. The book itself, while having its moments of specificity and inspiration, is still frustrating. A lot of numbers are thrown around without any reference points or historical context. One statement reads "As President, [Barack Obama:] will form an international working group and dedicate $2 billion to help the more than five million Iraqi refugees throughout the region." This acknowledges a large and pressing need, but is it enough money? Didn't Barack say during the campaign that Iraq had plenty of funding from its oil revenues? The book as a whole is more specific than most political titles, which I appreciate, but often leaves vital background information out. In the end there's not much to remember nor discuss with others. And it doesn't answer some bigger questions - will Barack get anything significant done being slightly left of center on most issues? His big endeavor in 2009-2010 looks like it will be universal health care, which would provide a huge benefit to American businesses, who have to pay for benefits while European businesses don't. Their governments, using single-payer systems (the payer being the government itself) pick up most or all of the tab. Will Obama's system of universal health care withstand being changed or gutted by the next administration? Couldn't we get past all lobbyists - especially the ones from defense companies that continually push for war and those from the health care industry who ensure that Americans pay far more for health care per capita than anybody else from the top 20 wealthiest nations - with publicly funded elections? Shouldn't we be cutting our defense budget in half (still spending significantly more than any other country) and focus on fighting poverty worldwide instead of sending 17,000 of our troops to Afghanistan? I acknowledge that these are broad ideas, ones usually not found in our mainstream media. As a friend told me last week: "Sheesh, he can't do everything, he's only been in office a short time!" That's true, but how long will Barack have with so many like-minded legislators in Congress? Does a violence-plagued, economically wrecked country and international community have time to wait while Obama learns the ropes? As our new president reminds us, we all have responsibility to register our opinions, converse with our neighbors and serve our communities to make a lasting difference. The current political climate offers more opportunities than we've had in a long, long time.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alex Gregory

    So, I guess hindsight is 20/20? Change We Can Believe In is a introductory primer for Barack Obama's policies, delivered through a series of speeches outlining his plans in the run-up to the '08 election. While I, like other reviewers, appreciate the fact that the book is thorough and descriptive in its material, it comes off more as a PR puff piece than anything else. The first thing this book is missing is a co-author credit for Jon Favreau. Who's that, you ask? Well, it's not the film director, So, I guess hindsight is 20/20? Change We Can Believe In is a introductory primer for Barack Obama's policies, delivered through a series of speeches outlining his plans in the run-up to the '08 election. While I, like other reviewers, appreciate the fact that the book is thorough and descriptive in its material, it comes off more as a PR puff piece than anything else. The first thing this book is missing is a co-author credit for Jon Favreau. Who's that, you ask? Well, it's not the film director, but Obama's chief campaign speechwriter and the person responsible for many, if not all of the speeches contained in this book. If anything, I wanted to see them devote a word or two to the guy's background and involvement with the campaign, and the dichotomy between himself and the then-senator that was covered so well in a 2011 Esquire feature. He has just as much relevance in these pages, if not more, than the President, and it feels like a bit of a waste not to at least briefly comment on his involvement and writing craftsmanship with the campaign. After all, he is the one who coined the famous "Yes, We Can" slogan. As a reference book, Change We Can Believe In is quite unique in that it collects almost all of Obama's campaign speeches up through mid-2008 in one easy-to-read volume. The chapters are broken down in chronological order and follow everything from the announcement of his candidacy to a speech in Germany about unity. There's a surprising amount of honesty and thoroughness in these speeches, with the first half essentially detailing his campaign policies in thorough detail before getting into more idealistic and emotional speeches in the second half. I can't comment on the actual specifics of his platform because I don't know them well enough, but Obama does lay out reasoned cases for improving various government systems. To my knowledge, there's no other book like it out there, and as a standalone piece, it gives a great overview of his various campaign policies and initiatives. That said, it's still a fairly blatant political piece as well, as it was marketed specifically during his run at the Presidency. As it stands, though, it doesn't have much value besides being a curiosity. It's not really the kind of book you'd read all the way through, and stands more as something you can pull out when you want to reread one of his speeches. Dreams From My Father (which I also own) is a far more interesting narrative that covers Obama's early years and his years as Senator and neatly covers his aspirations without being too preachy. However, it's still nice to have this book. Thanks, Obama.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    It is a moot point now after the election ... I've voted and Obama's the next president. I just wish I had read this book earlier since it would have helped bolster my arguments with neighbors and friends regarding Obama's plan of action for the next four years. I finished this book in one day which, lately, is unusual for me as I am hitting a reading slump. The first half of the book is a summary of the issues Obama would like to address once he is in office. He addresses the issues of global It is a moot point now after the election ... I've voted and Obama's the next president. I just wish I had read this book earlier since it would have helped bolster my arguments with neighbors and friends regarding Obama's plan of action for the next four years. I finished this book in one day which, lately, is unusual for me as I am hitting a reading slump. The first half of the book is a summary of the issues Obama would like to address once he is in office. He addresses the issues of global warming, education, women's rights, family planning, the war in Iraq, job security, health care, taxes and more (all issues that are dear to most Americans). I've followed his debates closely and tried to do all the research is necessary in making my decision on whom to vote and this book is a simplified guide to the issues and instead of lamenting what is wrong with our country, Obama is providing a course of action on what he would like to see happen. This is a non-partisanship book, which I really appreciate. There's no back-stabbing, no finger jabs at the previous adminstration and etc. It is just a straight-forward course of action ... if everyone in Congress will work together. The second half of the book is his seven speeches and I will be the first to admit that listening to Obama speaking is a treasure ... wish I had the opportunity to hear him speak in person when he was in the area. Reading his speeches is almost just as good. He is an eloquent speaker and the compassion he holds for his fellow countrymen/women is evident in his speeches as well in the written word. If people still have doubts about Obama, this book is a good place to start reading. It may not be Pultizer Prize winning but it is a very good book and a start to get more information on what the Obama administration wants to have for the next four years. Throughout his plan and his speeches, Obama has been consistent about one thing. He challenges Americans of all stages in life to work together. He challenges Americans to fight back and regain their lost dreams/hopes and he provides hope for the people. I will admit that he is the first politican who is inspiring. I've seen how many people turn off their TV sets and canvass the streets to provide a way for the people to vote. This is the first campaign where people are active in talking and sharing about their beliefs and how they would like to see things change. Obama has provided inspiration and hope for the people and it's evident in this book as well.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Belinda Missen

    This was quite an interesting read, looking back on what Obama wanted for his county. Particularly now, given that his term(s) has come to past. I have no issue with what he wanted; a lot of it is mere common sense, necessities, and some things I'm surprised that American doesn't already have. Now, I want to read a book similar to this based on Trump.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Stockett

    I read this book because I have been displeased with President Obama in his first year in office. I thought/hoped that if I better understood his plan I might at least have an idea where he was coming from and it might make me a little less angry. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there were a few things that I agreed with. He talked about the failures of the No Child Left Behind program and how he wanted to put forth legislation that would not alienate teachers the way that program has. I I read this book because I have been displeased with President Obama in his first year in office. I thought/hoped that if I better understood his plan I might at least have an idea where he was coming from and it might make me a little less angry. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there were a few things that I agreed with. He talked about the failures of the No Child Left Behind program and how he wanted to put forth legislation that would not alienate teachers the way that program has. I would have liked to see something a little more specific there but it was a start. There were several other things I really agree with. The unfortunate thing is that the biggest things I agreed with turned out to be bold faced lies. The book includes several speeches he gave on the campaign trail. One entire speech was devoted to the idea of unity and eliminating the partisanship and fighting between parties. This is a wonderful sentiment. In reality, however, he has not worked with the other party at all, and it appears he never intended to. He has frequently told Republicans to shut up and get out of the way. He also talked a lot about transparency. That too has not been the case. He has had closed door meetings about health care and hasn't held a press conference in over 7 months. In addition to lying about things I would have agreed with, there was plenty that I didn't agree with as well. Over and over there was a phrase he used. He continually said, "we need to reward hard work and not wealth." Statements like this are pandering to the uneducated masses. In America, wealth is the reward for hard work. In the end, this book had a very few good ideas to offer but mostly it offered horrible ideas that he thought would sound pleasing to people. Whether they were lies that would appeal to conservatives (if they were true), or back handed appeals to those who hate the wealthy, it showed me the reason that I didn't vote for President Obama.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Will Crim

    Change We Can Believe In by Barack Obama is more inspirational than anything. It was published during his 2008 campaign which made me think of him as superman or somethin'. Like how do you do that and compete with Hilary Clinton? Anyways, something that really caught my attention early in the book was when Obama wrote "...these challenge were not inevitable. They are the result of flawed policies and failed leadership. As our world and economy have changed, the thinkinh in Washington has not Change We Can Believe In by Barack Obama is more inspirational than anything. It was published during his 2008 campaign which made me think of him as superman or somethin'. Like how do you do that and compete with Hilary Clinton? Anyways, something that really caught my attention early in the book was when Obama wrote "...these challenge were not inevitable. They are the result of flawed policies and failed leadership. As our world and economy have changed, the thinkinh in Washington has not kept pace with the tests of the twenty-first century." This caught my attention because it was exactly how I felt, just articulated far better by our young-ish president. He pretty much through George W. Bush under the bus in doing so but most everyone I know has found that completely acceptable. Another section that caught my eye was when he said "To meet our challenges, we must summon our common faith in American values-the sense of who we are as a people, the common beliefs that bind us together, the spirit of patriotism and service that bridges divisions of partisanship and ideology," he put into the center stage a need for unity and an end to partisanship in our own country (which I really think would be beneficial). Towards the end of the book he offered a similar thought "...we want to talk about the men and women of every color and creed who serve together, and fight together, and bleed together under the same proud flag," that showed his respect for the armed forces. An often forgot factor in politics, not military might but those who make up the might are still Americans and still vote. Needless to say I like this book but I wouldn't recommend it to just anyone. This book deserves someone both interested as well as active in todays politics. If not that I don't think the point of this book would hit home as hard as it did me.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    This book comes from Pres. Barack Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency, but unlike other similar books released by politicians about how to get America back on track, this one is really the campaign's promises rather than some personal & anecdotal account of what's wrong with the country and how to fix it. In fact, you could've looked up all of these promises on the campaign website and saved yourself the money. So, why read a book with a typical campaign bombast, even for Obama's This book comes from Pres. Barack Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency, but unlike other similar books released by politicians about how to get America back on track, this one is really the campaign's promises rather than some personal & anecdotal account of what's wrong with the country and how to fix it. In fact, you could've looked up all of these promises on the campaign website and saved yourself the money. So, why read a book with a typical campaign bombast, even for Obama's energetic '08 campaign, three years later? Well, 2012 is quickly approaching and this is a great way of checking to see if Pres. Obama has fulfilled his promises or not. Many he has, like the health care bill and through initiatives started under the 2009 Recovery Act, and others he hasn't (the fact that the size of the Peace Corps wasn't doubled before its 50th anniversary is a particularly sad failure to me). So, checking his promises in this book against what he has actually done is a great way to prepare for 2012. This book also includes 7 speeches from the campaign, his speeches on race and the one from Berlin included. So, this is also a good resource for those wanting to remember some of the high points of the '08 campaign. In the end, the book can be boring and hopeful in equal parts, but it may become more relevant to the average voter as the 2012 campaign heats up.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Martin

    This isn't a book of new material, but rather a compendium of Barack Obama's policies and stances on a huge variety of issues. I learned a few things that I hadn't previously known, but most of it was old news to me, an Obama supporter for two years. This would be great reading for an undecided voter though...like all those people who insist that they "don't know where he stands on the issues." Please. What kind of lame excuse is that? If you just make an effort, you can find out anything you'd This isn't a book of new material, but rather a compendium of Barack Obama's policies and stances on a huge variety of issues. I learned a few things that I hadn't previously known, but most of it was old news to me, an Obama supporter for two years. This would be great reading for an undecided voter though...like all those people who insist that they "don't know where he stands on the issues." Please. What kind of lame excuse is that? If you just make an effort, you can find out anything you'd want to know. Just do your homework. My only gripe is that Obama himself doesn't read the book or the seven speeches from the campaign that were touted on the front cover. At the end of one of his earlier memoirs (I can't remember which), the audiobook producers included the recording of his address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, which was amazing to hear again. So I felt quite jipped when they just had some random guy read those seven speeches. I guess Obama's a little busy these days, but still, in this age of Google and YouTube, would it have been so hard to find a live recording somewhere?

  28. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Mendes

    In this book, Barack Obama describes his plan to a possible presidential administration. He speaks about all the major problems in US until the Bush era (a good thing for someone who don't lives there because you can have a realistic view of the country's situation). Obama describes the almost public health total failure, the incapacity to finish the war in Iraq and Afganistan, the strong oil dependency and its impacts to the global warming, his ideas to improve the education and research, the In this book, Barack Obama describes his plan to a possible presidential administration. He speaks about all the major problems in US until the Bush era (a good thing for someone who don't lives there because you can have a realistic view of the country's situation). Obama describes the almost public health total failure, the incapacity to finish the war in Iraq and Afganistan, the strong oil dependency and its impacts to the global warming, his ideas to improve the education and research, the necessary changes to confront the new economic players and the challenges given by the globalization. I liked the Obama's transparency... it makes you think that his intentions are sincere. To hear the words of a dreamer is always inspiring, don't you think ? Maybe that's why he won the election. It's worth reading in my opinion.

  29. 5 out of 5

    CRI

    At this defining moment in our history, Americans are hungry for change. After years of failed policies and a failed politics from Washington, this is our chance to reclaim the American dream. Barack Obama has proven to be a new kind of leader 14one who can bring people together, be honest about the challenges we face, and move this nation forward. Change We Can Believe In outlines his vision for America. Throughout this audiobook you will find bold and specific ideas about how to fix our ailing At this defining moment in our history, Americans are hungry for change. After years of failed policies and a failed politics from Washington, this is our chance to reclaim the American dream. Barack Obama has proven to be a new kind of leader 14one who can bring people together, be honest about the challenges we face, and move this nation forward. Change We Can Believe In outlines his vision for America. Throughout this audiobook you will find bold and specific ideas about how to fix our ailing economy and strengthen the middle class, make health care affordable for all, achieve energy independence, and keep America safe in a dangerous world. Change We Can Believe In asks you not just to believe in Barack Obama's ability to bring change to Washington, it asks you to believe in yours.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    I probably read this book about four years too late, it's sat on my bookshelf unread for some time. There were points when I wondered why I was reading what was basically the Obama 2008 policy platform given I'm unlikely to ever bother reading the equivalent volume of ALP policy! However it is good policy and didn't make bad reading. The highlight of the book for me though were the eight speeches included at the end of the book. From Obama's campaign launch in Springfield, Illinois to his I probably read this book about four years too late, it's sat on my bookshelf unread for some time. There were points when I wondered why I was reading what was basically the Obama 2008 policy platform given I'm unlikely to ever bother reading the equivalent volume of ALP policy! However it is good policy and didn't make bad reading. The highlight of the book for me though were the eight speeches included at the end of the book. From Obama's campaign launch in Springfield, Illinois to his election night speech as President elect, these are all great reading. Even if I've read this book several years later than I intended this hasn't affected the impact of these speeches, I imagine they'll make inspiring reading for many years to come.

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