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In the 2004 Democratic Convention in the US, a senatorial candidate delivered a keynote address titled 'The Audacity of Hope' that caught the attention of the nation. Little known up to that time, the man was soon being talked of as a future presidential candidate.
In that speech, the man, Barack Obama, brought in a breath of fresh air as he spoke of returning to the values that formed the roots of the country's democracy. People who listened to it were charmed by its deviation from the usual partisanship and cut-throat campaigns that defined election trails.
Two years later, Obama published a book, The Audacity Of Hope, that expanded on the topics he addressed in that hallmark speech. He addresses the insecurities and fears faced by the country in the current situation. He talks of the need for Democrats and Republicans to work together and keep their political and ideological differences aside in the common interest of the country.
The Audacity Of Hope blends a penetrating analysis of the political and social situation prevalent at that time with the story of his own life. Coming from a racially mixed background enables Obama to maintain a broader perspective and have deeper insights into many of the issues facing the country.
He discusses every issue, from defence forces to abortion, and from the ever increasing role of big money in political campaigns to the pervasive power of the media. He stresses on the need to find a balance between reactionary conservatism and overzealous liberalism.
Most of all, The Audacity of Hope talks of hope. Not the blind hope of ignorance that simply believes every problem will disappear over time, but the constructive hope of defining new policies that will orient the future of the country in the right direction.
About Barack Obama
Barack Obama is the current President of the United States of America.
Other books by Obama are Dreams From My Father: A Story Of Race And Inheritance, Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise, and Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters.
His writings deal with his family, his bi-racial background, and his political vision.
Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1961. His father was from Kenya, while his mother was a white American. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School. He taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School and also worked as a civil rights attorney. After his keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention, Obama gained prominence and was soon chosen as the Democratic Party's Presidential Candidate for the 2008 election. He won that election, and was recently elected for a second consecutive term in office.