OBAMA’S LEGACY by Michael I. Days
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Center Street (September 13, 2016)
BLURP… As President Obama's time in the White House draws to a close, this celebratory book documents his transformative accomplishments.
Evidence indicates President Barack Obama has been tremendously successful and effective by objective measures. On economic indicators alone, he is credited with the longest streak of job growth in U.S. history, a two-thirds reduction in the federal budget deficit, and the rebounding of the stock market to record highs following the record lows of the recession under his predecessor. His victories have come against a backdrop of criticism and sometimes open defiance from conservatives, lack of cooperation in Congress, and racially tinged commentary in traditional and social media. Through it all, the President who campaigned on a slogan of 'Yes, We Can!' has persevered in his determination to make a difference and left an indelible mark on American politics and the world. LEGACY is a commemoration of his eight years in the White House.
AUTHOR BIO… MICHAEL I. DAYS is editor of the Philadelphia Daily News. Under his leadership, the Daily News has won dozens of national, state, and local awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 2010. He sits on the national board of the Associated Press Media Editors and is the former editor of its quarterly magazine, APME NEWS. Days has been a frequent guest and commentator on radio and television in the Philadelphia market and is a sought-after speaker, panelist, and moderator in many venues.
When you are the change you talk about, you best be up for the responsibility
SPOILER ALERT – I like, respect, and support President Obama.
There was so much riding on President Obama’s shoulder in 2008 and 2012 that to succeed at turning this country around the way he promised meant he would take a lot of hits in order to get it done. What Michael Days lays out in this book is the depth of his virtue and character and how each blow to the core beliefs was one that made him stronger and fights harder for everyone’s right.
Being our first Black President was a heavy weight on his shoulders but as Mr. Days points out, surrounding himself with good advisors and strong people with a good moral compass kept him in touch with the values he grew up with and honed over his political career. In details about decisions, actions, and achievements as well as defeat this book lays out the steps it took to not only get President Obama elected twice but help him push the agenda that created jobs, healthcare, and so much more that made America Great.
When everything that Obama has done is documented with such intricate detail we are all reminded of the toll one pays to do the right thing and how quickly all of us forget the accomplishments of the last 8 years.