Barack Obama and the Politics of Redemption
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One answer is that President Obama is truly a puzzling person and president to Americans from all points on the political spectrum. They simply aren't sure of who he really is, what he really stands, and above all what really motivates and animates him. As is the case with many presidents and especially one whose story has been told so often, a great deal of conventional wisdom has accumulated.
Much of it is wrong, and almost all of it, as it is ordinary expressed, is inadequate. Yes, the president is "cool" and somewhat "detached," but how can such a person at the same time have an "empathetic temperament" and what of the range of feelings that normal people experience?
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Or consider this piece of conventional wisdom. How is it possible for Obama to aspire to be transformational change president and still be a pragmatist? Is fundamental transformation by whatever means it takes to bring it about still pragmatic? For all the conventional wisdom, Obama remains in many important respects a mystery. In this book I offer what I hope, and believe to be a useful solution to that basic mystery.
Understanding the personal forces that fueled the meteoric political rise of Barack Obama, and that now animate his presidency, involve an analysis focused on four substantive narratives of redemption. The first concerns Barack Obama himself and his struggle to come to grips with his own family, race, and identity. It is a story of temptations considered, but ultimately put aside in the service of finding and acting on the purpose of his life. It is a story as well, of his father's complicated legacy, first as an absent but iconic ideal and then as a fallen idol whose place in Obama's life needed to be redeemed.
It is also a story of his complicated relationship with his mother who both loved him, yet left him on his own. Her unexpected and premature death at the time that Obama was almost wholly focused on his father lead him to reconsider her and elevate her, and her advocacy of "fairness," posthumously to iconic status, those redeeming her and their relationship.
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And it is now, with Obama as president, the larger issue of America's ideals and its failure to live up to them at home and abroad, and the president's efforts to reclaim, through example, policy and the force of his moral vision -- viewed through the organizing lens of "fairness" that is a legacy of his idealization of his mother, its legitimacy in the world.