Recounts Rise to the Presidency
Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
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Among the luminaries making appearances here are CNN's political consultant Roland Martin, Harvard Professor Laurence Tribe, comedian George Lopez, Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Harvard attorney-turned-actor Hill Harper. Lopez talks about how Latinos initially resisted Barack before taking the Kool Aid, while Harper reflects on his former classmate's prowess on the basketball court.
Designed as a keepsake for fans of the new First Family, no one has a bad word to say about Barack, so this documentary doesn't have anything controversial to offer, unless you count taking a few funny swipes at John McCain and Sarah Palin. Otherwise the biography is a cloying love fest from start to finish aimed at Obama supporters inclined to revisit every aspect of the campaign.
And it's all here, from the surprising win in Iowa to the
temporary derailment by Reverend Wright to the tide-turning
racism speech in Philadelphia clear through to the convention in
Denver and the Election Day triumph. Readily recommended as a
pleasant recap, provided you're not looking for much depth.
Obama in Hawaii and Indonesia: The Making of a Global President
by Dinesh Sharma, Ph.D.
Hardcover: 276 pages
Barack Obama is the first American president born and raised in Hawai'i, the most diverse state in the Union, and the first American president to have spent a significant part of his childhood in a Muslim-majority nation, namely, Indonesia. What effect did these�and other early experiences�have on the man who is now, arguably, the world's most popular political leader?