What Obama Means

What Obama Means

For Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Future

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
Asim, author of the acclaimed "The N Word," provides the context needed to understand what the Obama presidency means to Americans of all backgrounds, showing how African American performers, athletes, rhetoricians, and leaders laid the groundwork for Obama and how Obama turned the old civil-rights model of African American leadership on its head.

HARPERCOLL

“Provocative and compelling.”
 —New York Newsday

 

“Both entertaining and insightful.”
Washington Post Book World

“It should be on the required reading list.”
 —Chicago Sun-Times

 

What Obama Means by Jabari Asim, renowned cultural critic and author of The N Word, is a timely and sharp analysis of how the “Obama phenomenon” exhibits progress in American politics and society. A frequent guest and commentator on “The Colbert Report,” “The Today Show,” NPR’s “Diane Rehm Show” and many other media programs, Asim also examines how cultural and political forces led to the watershed 2008 presidential election while indicating what the election means for every American.  



Book News
In this book, Asim considers what the Obama presidency means for American culture. He discusses how leaders like Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, and Martin Luther King, Jr., and individuals in the US government laid the foundation for Obama's success, how black performers and athletes such as Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan helped pave the way, and how Sidney Poitier and other actors made an impact. He then describes how the Obama campaign grew from the ground up, and the promise his presidency holds. There is no index or bibliography. Asim is the author of The N Word, and editor in chief of The Crisis, the magazine of the NAACP. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A cultural analysis of the relevance of Barack Obama's career goes beyond the 2008 election to reveal his impact on American politics and society, explaining how his achievements and popularity reflect a positive convergence of trends, political developments, and market forces.
A cultural analysis of the relevance of Barak Obama's career goes beyond the 2008 election to reveal his impact on American politics and society, explaining how his achievements and popularity reflect a positive convergence of trends, political developments, and market forces. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061711336
0061711330
Characteristics: xii, 223 p. ; 22 cm

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Apr 20, 2011

Undoubtedly, our President arrived at the White House standing on the shoulders of the venerable civil rights pioneers. Obama has clearly acknowledged that.

But the author of this book takes this concept further out – in the first chapter, he maintains that Michael Jackson and Prince conditioned white Americans to accept African Americans. The idea rather irritated me – Michael Jackson and Prince??- but I got used to the concept as the book progressed.

After discussing singers & jazz men, the author proceeded to detail the famous African American actors, athletes, preachers & speakers, and politicians who paved the way for Obama’s present place of employment in the Oval Office.

He also spends a lot of time talking about how attractive and cool Barack is. (How can anyone deny it?)

Personally, I think the author’s idea would’ve made a great magazine article. As a book, I found it somewhat tedious. The title, “What Obama Means”, seems incorrect; maybe it should’ve been “Those Who Were Before Obama”.

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