The Obama Question

The Obama Question

A Progressive Perspective

Book - 2012
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The election of Barack Obama to the presidency in 2008 was hailed by many as a historic event and by some as the end of the Reagan era in American politics. But conservatives have condemned Obama from the beginning of his presidency, and many progressives charge that Obama has betrayed the causes that he espoused in 2008. This book offers a brilliant critique of Obama's presidency and a powerful case that progressives should not give up on Obama. Gary Dorrien, described by Princeton philosopher Cornel West as "the preeminent social ethicist in North America today," argues that Obama is a figure of "protean irony and complexity." Obama has been a bitter disappointment in many ways, Dorrien contends, yet Obama also has historic achievements to his credit that are too often discounted. Dorrien emphasizes the importance of Obama's story to his career and devotes chapters to the economic crisis, the health care reform debate, war and foreign policy, banking regulation and the federal budget, and the case for a progressive politics of the common good. Ultimately, Dorrien says, the Obama question is whether or not Obama's presidency will mark the end of the Reagan era--when giant corporations and the wealthy got whatever they wanted, military budgets soared, and American politics was ruled by the fantasy of tax cuts paying for themselves. Dorrien argues that there is still time to redeem the hope of the 2008 election, bringing an end to the Reagan era. The Obama Question will stand as an insightful evaluation of a tumultuous presidency long after the next election has passed.
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, c2012.
ISBN: 9781442215375
1442215372
Characteristics: ix, 245 p. ; 24 cm.

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StarGladiator
Sep 10, 2013

Oh wow! This book is such a crock, and this professor is anything but a "progressive" - - I'm am so sick and tired of every neocon enabler referring to themselves as a "progressive" - - I might as well refer to myself as a super-genius Casanova! Whether the character is Obama, Hillary or Bill Clinton: you can't appoint a one hundred percent conservative administration and expect to be other than pilloried by real progressives! The author is a fraud! For a better view, try the comedy from Second City, most appropriate today: http://youtu.be/z-sdO6pwVHQ (that's capital "O" - - not a zero).

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floy
Jul 18, 2012

I liked the book but there's not a lot that's new. There are chapters on Obama's life and rise in politics, how he handled the financial crisis, the health care bill, and foreign policy including the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan. The author's last chapter critiqued a few of the anti-Obama books which was interesting.

There was some commentary that could be considered "a progressive perspective " (as the subtitle indicates) but it was infrequent. I was expecting more from non-traditional sources - quotations from Ms. magazine or Mother Jones perhaps, but the references were the usual suspects: mainstream books and articles already published about Obama.

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