The Promise: President Obama Essay

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When Barack Obama stood before a cheering crowd in his home state Illinois and announced his candidacy, no believed that this guy had any chance of winning the nomination. Majority of Americans did not believe that the country was actually ready for an African-American president with a promise of changing the course of politics in Washington. However, on November 4, 2008, for the first time, the citizens of the United States elected an African-American president with a name Barack Hussein Obama. It proved to be one of the most fascinating presidential elections in American history. The power of democracy once again proved to be the only thing necessary for the triumph of a person. And his inauguration on January 20, 2009, inspired not only…show more content…
In “The Promise: President Obama, Year One”, Jonathan Alter tries to examine President Obama’s first year in office. He uses his exclusive access to President Obama and his aides, to provide an insight look into his policies and also to his character as a person. Anyone who’s involved in politics and understands the political ideology of today will certainly place the book under liberal column. However, it is also important to understand the overall point of Alter’s book, which is not to persuade the readers, but rather provide them with necessary insight look into president Obama’s first year in office. By providing those information, the readers themselves, can be able to exploit president Obama’s strength and weaknesses in his first year in office. And also to see whether president Obama was able to deliver the change candidate Obama promised during the elections. In “The Promise”, Alter tries to look into one of the most important promises candidate Obama made for his young voters, which is Education reforms. 20th President of the United States, James A. Garfield said, “Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be maintained” (Berg 43). It is quite important to understand that the values like freedom and justice, for which this nation had paid a huge price to achieve, cannot be maintained without education.
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