Reading Obama's book

@dawnald (84131)
Shingle Springs, California
December 8, 2008 6:11pm CST
Yesterday when I was flying home from LA, I noticed that the guy sitting next to me was reading Obama's book, "The Audacity of Hope". It reminded me of an election some years ago where Jesse Jackson and other politicians were talking about what "the Reverend King would have wanted" and what "the Reverend Kind would have said" or thought or whatever. And I thought, "you know what, why am I listening to all these people, some of whom didn't even know him, talk about what he would have thought or wanted? Why not go and read the man's own words and decide for yourself?" So I bought a book of his writings and sermons and speeches and did some reading and got some kind of an idea of what he really stood for. So when I saw that book last night I thought "that makes a whole lot more sense than reading all this stuff that's floating around the internet about what anybody supposedly said." So how many people have gotten curious and actually gone out and read what somebody had to say in their own words?
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• United States
9 Dec 08
Now there you go being logical, Dawn! Don't you know logic is against the rules? After I read enough cherry-picked excerpts that didn't make any sense at all in light of what he was saying, hunted them down to read the couple of paragraphs around them for context and realized that there was a quite a mind behind them, I found Obama's books and read them. I've always found that it makes more sense to read a book than to get your information about it from someone else's summary - though I do read reviews and critiques of books to get a different viewpoint after I read the book itself.
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Dec 08
Logic is what Dawns do best, after humor, that is!
@hildas (3031)
9 Dec 08
Yes! Never judge a book by it's cover. It is better to go and read the real story as the news we read twists everything around and we hear so many different versions of it. I always think that a truthful book will help you make your own mind up. I read my Bible. I do not go to church but I read it the way I see it so I know what I read makes more sense (if you understand me) LOL/ Well happy Obama reading.
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Dec 08
OH I"m not reading it, the guy next to me on the plane was. I may pick up a copy sometime though.
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@hildas (3031)
9 Dec 08
Sorry Dawn I read that all wrong there. Well maybe you will read it someday. I know nothing about this man but Iam sure he is a lot better than Gordon brown. I am ashamed to say he is the prime minister. I am off to bed now as I am reading and talking Shi*. Good night.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Dec 08
No problem...
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
9 Dec 08
I've never read his books and don't have any plans to. I don't much care for him and really am not interested in what he has to say in his books. That being said, it is a good thing to go to the source rather than just believe what is wrote about ppl. When the campaign was still going on, I didn't put alot of stock into the news reports...instead I went to Youtube and found the videos of their rallies, speeches, debates and everything. I figure it like this...ppl can right anything in a news article or a even their own book but when I see the person speaking and the words are coming out of their own mouth...it's kind of hard for them to deny saying it. As for 0bama's books, some of the things said in the books have already been retracted...I've heard in one he claims Rev. Wright was a close family friend that was like a mentor to him and his ideals are what helped shaped 0bama's life...yet when the whole God d*mn America thing came out...0bama went on record as saying that he didn't know Wright felt that way and that he was simply the preacher at his church. You can't have it both ways. Anyways...I do commend you for not just blindly following the gossip mills. [b]MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! ~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND TRUST IN GOD**[/b]
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Dec 08
Even youtube can be doctored though. If they don't show the entire thread, something could be taken out of context. So you can't really 100% believe anything. Heck not even what you actually saw and heard yourself. The mind plays tricks and people tend to hear what they want to hear. But it's better than believing the stuff that's been floating around the internet anyway.
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