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Machiavelli

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The first volume of Obama's presidential memoir is now out, and is set to break records. I've just listened to an interview with him on R4 with David Olusoga, and his analysis is both sharp and lucid -- it's well worth a listen.
 


Guinness Boy

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The first volume of Obama's presidential memoir is now out, and is set to break records. I've just listened to an interview with him on R4 with David Olusoga, and his analysis is both sharp and lucid -- it's well worth a listen.

Yeah, but wait till you get to the bit where he kills thousands of people, injects himself with cleaning fluid, has a Twitter meltdown and refuses to leave the White House. Nothing says "leader" like that.
 

Justice

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Hold isn’t the PL meant to be the promised land ??? Maybe not it’s full of cheating refs shit VAR decisions and watching your team win three times a season.
 

Machiavelli

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Regarding the divisiveness of American society -- mirrored over here -- the only way it will be responded to is through a radical programme that improves the living conditions and possibilities of those that have been won over by the Trump narrative. In my view, Obama's presidency didn't achieve that, and it's not something he addressed sufficiently well in that interview. In no small part, this was caused by the constitutional framework and, in particular, the role of the Senate. The Senate sends two representatives from each state, which means that Iowa -- with a population of 3m -- has the same number of representatives as California, with a population of 40m. The rural, sparsely populated states are heavily over-represented in the Senate which, in turn, secures Republican advantage and the strategy of the Republicans under Mitch O'Connell has been to block any legislation oriented towards change. Obamacare might be the best example here but, equally, the right to bear arms is never put to legislation because it will stumble at this stage.
There are other factors too, notably the role of the media, and the American self-image of itself -- providentialism, rugged individualism which leads on to insularity and, too freqeuntly, racial and other forms of identitarian prejudice. Unless Biden can defuse these factors, Trumpism will remain -- and that's a massive challenge.
 

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For me, Obama's greatest triumph was surviving two full presdencies without bein assassinated. I used to think this would set a president - that a black person can be president, and black people are self evidently equal to whites.

Unfortunately we then got a new president - that being a lying repulshive shit is just as good as being principled and honorable.

I wonder which path will emerge as the primary aspiration for people as we move on. I genuinely have no idea. There is a 50:50 split right now in the US. I really didn't expect that.
 

NooBHA

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The first volume of Obama's presidential memoir is now out, and is set to break records. I've just listened to an interview with him on R4 with David Olusoga, and his analysis is both sharp and lucid -- it's well worth a listen.


It was a superb interview and he comes across as one of the most Eloquent speakers that I have ever heard; however when speaking about some of the '' Equal Justice Issues '' - You can tell that he has
'' plagiarised '' the Rhetoric and wording straight from the speeches of the Civil Rights Lawyer and ''EJI Founder '' Bryan Stevenson.

That's not a bad thing because Bryan is very knowledgeable on those issues and I know that Bryan was part of a ''Task Force'' that Obama set up to tackle such issues which Trump disbanded as soon as he walked into the Whitehouse.

The only criticism I would have in Obama on this is - I wish I had heard more of the '' Bryan Stephenson Rhetoric '' when Obama was in Office in the Whitehouse
 


Machiavelli

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You can see it on iplayer, BBC1 last night (18th) although I haven’t heard the radio 4 interview so it could be different.

FWIW, the R4 episode lasted 30 minutes, so if the BBC1 also lasted 30 minutes, you'd have thought it'd be the same, although some might think the R4 interview is

:needpics:
 

NooBHA

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For me, Obama's greatest triumph was surviving two full presdencies without bein assassinated. I used to think this would set a president - that a black person can be president, and black people are self evidently equal to whites.

Unfortunately we then got a new president - that being a lying repulshive shit is just as good as being principled and honorable.

I wonder which path will emerge as the primary aspiration for people as we move on. I genuinely have no idea. There is a 50:50 split right now in the US. I really didn't expect that.


I always feared that he might have been Assassinated too - And if he had been more Radical in constituting some of the Equal Justice and Civil Rights Initiative I think he may well have been. So in that regard, I think that Michelle Obama may have been reluctant for him to go down that route more aggressively. And that is a sad State of Affairs that people fear for their lives if they try and do the Right thing in what they believe in..

The 50:50 Split you mention has always been there - Many have said that the reason the Polls didn't play out was because Trump's Supporters have a ''Silent Voice'' - Many believe what he believes but won't admit it openly. The American people are not alone . Look at the UK Election and the Elections in Brazil in the last few years. There is an ''Appetite'' for those type of Leaders and their Politics and that is one of the saddest and shameful facts about how we live our lives.

They say that the younger Generation are more ''Tolerant'' on such issues. If that is actually true - ? I wish they would f#cking hurry up and grow up and start Voting.

 

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