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The Bridge

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

David Remnick, discusses the circumstances and experiences of Barack Obama’s life and explores the ambition behind his rise. His book The Bridge offers the most complete account yet of Obama’s upbringing and the experiences that shaped his greater mission.


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Comments [8]

Maggie from New York

I seem to remember a 2008 Talk of the Town piece about a Goldman Sachs party which Obama attended, where he apparently put a few minds to rest; you don't have to wonder how much of a catalyst that was to his presidency. I certainly changed my bets at that point.

Apr. 06 2010 12:50 PM
pat from maplewood nj

hjs,

No, I associate hippies with a certain "laid back" attitude toward life: at least, most of the hippies I knew were like that, and, not that it's necessarily bad, either. :)

Apr. 06 2010 12:48 PM
Tim

Did Jesse Jackson's comments regarding cutting off Obama's gonads help his campaign with white voters?

Apr. 06 2010 12:39 PM
IMHO

Trinity United Church has some good ministries and does a good job of celebrating African American culture. But, like many preachers, Wright is held in too high a regard by his parishioners.

Wright recently held a book signing. I asked a woman what the book was about. "I don't know," she said, "but pastor wrote it, so I'm buying it."

Apr. 06 2010 12:39 PM
hjs from 11211

pat
u assume hippie is a bad word, it's not

Apr. 06 2010 12:38 PM
Tim

I thought Obama's radicalism was developed from studying the Marxist ways of Saul Alinsky?

Apr. 06 2010 12:36 PM
pat from maplewood nj

Obama's mother was a hippie? Not even close. This is a woman who earns a Ph.d in anthropology, works in Indonesia, and wakes up at 4 am to educate her child. This is a highly self-disciplined, loving mother who is clearly an extraordinary person. I'm surprised that it isn't obvious to everyone from reading "Dreams for my Father."

Apr. 06 2010 12:27 PM
Joseph from brooklyn

I wish your guest would comment on the degree to which George Bush's presidency acted as a catalyst for someone completely outside the mold to fill the seat.

For a long time, Bush was the hero of the white right. He was their product. I rarely hear how Bush's failed presidency handed Obama the opportunity to win (without which I don't believe he would have had a chance).

Apr. 06 2010 12:25 PM

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