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The Audacity of Hope
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream | Barack Obama
The Audacity of Hope is an extraordinary book by an extraordinary man. Barack Obama spells out a vision of public life that is about finding the common threads that bind us all. He describes his hopes for a different America, and how the ideals of its democracy can be renewed. Obama writes with intimacy and self-deprecating humour about his experiences as a politician, about balancing his family life and his public vocation. Behind every sentence is his quest for consensus, and his respect for the democratic process. Superbly written and effortlessly readable, The Audacity of Hope is a truly inspiring and important book, not just in terms of US domestic politics but internationally too. '[Barack Obama] is that rare politician who can actually write-and write movingly and genuinely.' New York Times
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Joseph5
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Listening for th 3rd time

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GripLitGrl
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swishandflick
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❤️❤️❤️ I love when Barack tells us what he's been reading! This time, they're articles so I couldn't tag and they won't all fit here so I'll add the others in the first comment below:

“How the Upper Middle Class Is Really Doing” in the New York Times by David Leonhardt: https://nyti.ms/2NryJ83

“White Nationalism‘s Deep American Roots” in the Atlantic by Adam Serwer: https://bit.ly/2TQFlSU

swishandflick “Keep It Simple and Take Credit” in Democracy: A Journal of Ideas by Jack Meserve: https://bit.ly/2ULlAO3

“Alabama‘s Gruesome Prisons: Report Finds Rape and Murder at All Hours” in the New York Times by Katie Benner and Shaila Dewan: https://nyti.ms/2UuAWW8

“‘Change My View‘ Reddit Community Launches Its Own Website” in WIRED by Arielle Pardes: https://bit.ly/2DjgPk3
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Amiable I so miss having a thoughtful, intelligent, engaged president. Sigh. 😕 5mo
Karkar Miss him 📚❤️📚 5mo
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everlocalwest Thank you so much for sharing the links! You are awesome! 5mo
SW-T Thanks for the links! 5mo
swishandflick Of course! 😆🤗 @everlocalwest @SW-T 5mo
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Oldschool_millenial
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(NOT IN THE DATABASE YET)
So this greeted me in BookBub's new releases email.
I WANT I WANT I WANT I WANT! 🇺🇸😍🤤

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Staci
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Pickpick

Very compelling and entertaining. A nice break from Trumps rhetoric.

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mrozzz
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💜💜💜💜💜

BlameJennyJane Sweet aesthetic! 7mo
SexyCajun Come baaack Obama 😫😫😫😫 7mo
silentrequiem I miss him so much. 7mo
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this but more than other books I‘ve read about him it exposed some of our differences. I think we have some different economic opinions on which were made more obvious here. I continue to find him inspiring and agree with him on a lot of issues.

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Emilymdxn
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A short one to try and revive my ailing goodreads challenge. I enjoyed dreams from my father and hope to enjoy this as well

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Mehso-so

President Obama is quite eloquent;however, there are no big revelations in this book. We all know what should be done, what needs to be done, but no one wants to risk their spot on the ladder to put such ideas into practice...especially those in politics. Still, it was nice to hear someone speak in a dignified and thoughtful manner about the problems we face as a nation and ad individual citizens.

silentrequiem I was listening to this the day after the election while driving cross country. I nearly cried hearing him 10mo
Nebklvr @silentrequiem I wouldn‘t have been able to listen to it so close to catastrophe. Too angry. 10mo
silentrequiem @Nebklvr The book I had just finished was Notorious RBG. I listened to the last chapter that morning after. It was a sucker punch as it was all about RBG's hopes for the first woman president. I already had Audacity queued up. It was both calming to hear him talk eloquently and intelligently, and also sad. 10mo
Nebklvr @silentrequiem You are a warrior to be able to get through those two on that day. I would have to self medicate with cheesecake and chocolate 10mo
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Eggbeater
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1. This is me on election day. I was told I should smile by a friend on Facebook but I replied that this was my ass kicking face. Sometimes angry women get things done.
2. I took my disabled ass kicking ass out to the polls that day to help pass out sample ballots because I learned two years ago that it wasn't enough just to vote. I smiled when it was over.
3. #friyayintro @howjessreads

Chrissyreadit 👏👏👏👏 10mo
sprainedbrain Good for you. Love this! ❤️ 10mo
gradcat We need more people like you in America! 10mo
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Awk_Word_Smith
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Overslept but still made it to my new polling station to cast my ballot as a #NewYorker for the first time since moving here almost 3 years ago. #democracy #republic #vote #GoVote #MidtermElections2018 #ElectionDay2018 #TuesdayMotivation #BeAVoter⁠ ⁠ #IVoted⁠ ⁠

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violabrain

Vote vote vote vote vote vote!!!!

CouronneDhiver 👏🏽👏🏽 10mo
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mrozzz
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Fabulous explanations of his values (narrated by the man himself!) & major problems facing the country (partisanship being one of the greatest). I especially loved how he admits senators easily lose touch with average Americans while accruing donations & how hard it was to maintain his relationship.

It‘s sad that despite his progressive ideas, he was unable to make many come to fruition. I *hope* to see the same gaze forward in future candidates.

MicheleinPhilly I actually gasped when I opened Litsy and saw this picture. THAT‘S how much I miss them. 12mo
Leftcoastzen Miss them too ! The photo made my day! 12mo
mrozzz ☺️💕 Figured it might be a happy sight (and a little more interesting than a Libby screenshot). @MicheleinPhilly @Leftcoastzen they‘re such a beautiful family. I‘ll always love them. 12mo
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lynneamch 😢❤😫❤😭 Hard to maintain hope these days, but this title is a good reminder of what it takes. Thank you. 12mo
mrozzz Trust me, I know 💗 @lynneamch I feel like that most days. It was such a great reprieve to hear more from Obama. 12mo
SexyCajun Oh gosh I miss him and his lovely family ..... 12mo
Kaye Better days ahead. That‘s what I keep telling myself. When we‘ve hit THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL, the only way is UP 👆🏼 🆙⬆️⏫🔝 12mo
SexyCajun @MicheleinPhilly truth ☹️ 12mo
mrozzz Me too 😫 @SexyCajun 12mo
mrozzz @Kaye I like that way of thinking. Hoping it is true and counting down the days! 🤞🏻 12mo
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TheBookbabeblog84
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To go back to my junior year of college and to live the Obama volunteer experience all over again. The button above is the first campaign button I ever purchased and the first I ever wore. I can‘t wait for the 2020 Presidential season - it‘s like the Super Bowl for us Politics nerds! #Obama #My20s #college

vivastory Who are you hoping runs for president? 14mo
TheBookbabeblog84 @vivastory I‘d love Kamala Harris.... I adore her. She‘s smart. And I like Cory Booker - he‘s awesome. My cousin gets to meet with her regularly to work on Healthcare issues for the state of NJ. She says he‘s the real deal. Helpful. Caring and will go the extra mile for people. 14mo
vivastory I 100% agree. Harris/Booker is my dream ticket! 14mo
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Nebklvr Elizabeth Warren 14mo
Nebklvr Have you ever watched Practical Magic where the woman holds up the dust buster and says “let‘s clean house”? That‘s where I am at. 14mo
TheBookbabeblog84 @Nebklvr I love that movie; but I‘m not of the opinion that all Politicians are Bad - however those republicans give me some pause. 14mo
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Kdgordon88
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#leastmost
1)horror/historical fiction
2) liver/pizza or tacos or pizza or ...
3) 600+/400
4) no preference
5) audio, kindle print least to favorite but use all three
6) no preference
7) no preference
8) free/$80
9) 4 hours/a week
10) what is the biggest lesson you learned as a kid and how did it help you as an adult?
@Kaye

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RestingBodiceFace
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Written by Obama when he was still a junior senator, this book talks about the divisive nature of American politics at that time. I can't help but wonder what 2006 Obama would make of the state of things in 2018. 😳

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Cconnolly
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Started listening to this at work, for my lunchtime walk. I love listening to Barack Obama‘s voice, he still gives me hope. He talks about feeling empathy for others, and learning to understand that some things mean more to one group of people than others but it doesn‘t need to divide us. It was written a dozen years ago, but I hope one day to see more respect for diversity in this country.

Thatpartyhat Have you seen the snl song “come back Barack” ? It is everything to me. Best president ever. 2y
Cconnolly @Thatpartyhat , I‘ll have to check it out 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds great, one I‘ll definitely have to look for on audiobook! 2y
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Dragon
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#fiercefeb #dearMrPresident you are so lucky to have such an accomplished and intelligent spouse. Photo credit Instagram, Michelle Obama ‘s feed. I will not be able to attend her lectures in Vancouver, I bet they are fabulous!

Louise Gosh, I miss those two! 2y
batsy He is! 2y
Cinfhen I‘m sure she‘s a phenomenal speaker, too bad you can‘t make it 2y
Dragon Thanks @Louise @batsy they‘re a super couple 💙 2y
Dragon Thanks @Cinfhen Her venue sold out almost immediately and a second night was added. 😀 2y
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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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Gonna start out the new year with a little bit of hope. #celebritymemoir #readharder

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MallenNC
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I love reading lists, and am so glad President Obama decided to share his from 2017. (I miss him!) We both put Evicted on our best of lists, so I'm feeling pretty smart. I decided to post this so I can refer back to it again later. I already read Exit West and A Gentleman in Moscow, plus a few of these are already on my TBR. #TBR #Bestof2017 #Obama2017List

RaimeyGallant Love this. 2y
SamHeartCoffee This is great! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘ve read two! And I read Evicted last year.... for once I beat Obama! 😂 2y
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MallenNC @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I only read it in November of this year. I'm going to pretend it was because I was just as busy as President Obama until then. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @MallenNC Maybe you were reading it at the same time as Obama! 👍 2y
MallenNC @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I like that idea. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @MallenNC You were Book Buddies! 💙 2y
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4thhouseontheleft
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President Obama is a big #believer in hope and change.

“I believe in this country. I believe in the American people. I believe that people are more good than bad. I believe tragic things happen. I think there's evil in the world, but I think at the end of the day, if we work hard and if we're true to those things in us that feel true and feel right, that the world gets a little better each time.” ~Obama‘s last official news conference

#DecDays

Christine ❤️ 2y
Cinfhen 🏆🥇perfect 2y
Karkar Man I miss the Obamas. 2y
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Libby1
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Want a #Pocketful of mints?

YES WE CANDY.

I display this tiny, pocket-sized mint tin with my copies of The Audacity of Hope and Dreams from My Father.

#YESvember17

AmyG Those days seem like forever ago. 😪 2y
Libby1 @AmyG - I know. Keep going. 💕 2y
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ChasingOm
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Say hi to my newest son, Bark Obama! ?
(We call him "Bo" for short.)
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#DogsOfLitsy

GypsyKat He's so sweet!!! 😍😍😍 2y
MicheleinPhilly 😍😍😍😍😍I'm in love! 2y
Bklover ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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StephBengtson Awww!!!🤗 2y
merelybookish Welcome to Litsy Bo! 2y
Mommamanzi Hi new fur baby, you sure are cute Bo! 2y
8little_paws I love him 2y
Bookzombie So cute!!! 2y
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DogEaredBooks
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I found such great treasures at my library books sale (my favorite kind of sale). All this for $10!! And all the books in the right are gifts for nieces and nephews (and left is for me 🙈)

hermyknee ❤️ Christopher Moore 😻 2y
silentrequiem Wow! Nice haul! 2y
DogEaredBooks @hermyknee Glad I chose well. I always want to read his books but I haven't gotten a chance to yet. 2y
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SuperPunkNinja
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I cannot wait for this book! Not in the Litsy database but contributors include Walter Mosley and Nisi Shaw. Stories are about if all the crazy conspiracy theories about him were true.

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FairyHighRoad
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Please come back and #SaveTheWorld 🙏🏻 #anditsaugust

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Bibliogeekery
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Grateful for this in the midst of all the horror and hate in Charlottesville this past week 💔

MicheleinPhilly I miss him so much. 😢 2y
saresmoore As we turned onto President Barack Obama Highway en route to school this morning, I said to the girls, "Isn't it neat that they renamed this road after the best American president ever?!" My eldest piped up, "Abraham Lincoln was pretty great, too, Mom." #fewandfarbetween 2y
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dariazeoli
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It really makes you #think when you look at who our president was and who took over that job...

#augustgrrrl

Debiw781 Truth!! 2y
LauraBeth Yes, it does. *unpauses Pod Save America* 2y
Cinfhen 😖 2y
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MatchlessMarie
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Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is okay and that eating shellfish is abomination? How about Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount – a passage that is so radical that it‘s doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application?

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MatchlessMarie
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EchoLogical I miss him so much! 😭😭😭 2y
goodbyefrancie A president who can speak (and write) in complete sentences. I miss this, and him. 2y
AnansiGirl I miss him and Michelle every day. 😔 2y
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ninjypants 💔 2y
mrozzz 😩💕 2y
MatchlessMarie @EchoLogical @goodbyefrancie @anansigirl @ninjypants @mrozzz I know! 😭 just happened to see it on overdrive after I finished my most recent audio. Over 10 years later and it's still so relevant. So classy, even when talking about those he doesn't agree with. 👌 2y
mrozzz So classy and smart and articulate!! 2y
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barrabas
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Sometimes you just need to drive through rural Missouri, listen to a young Barack narrate his world and weep openly, ya know?

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Crystallinegirl
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"Whatta man, whatta man, whatta mighty good maaaaan." Yeah. First read this book before voting for him the first time, wanted to know what he believed about things. Obama had his problems, but he's still one of the best presidents we've had in many years. #90sinjuly #whattaman

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ashlinisme
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I still have hope. I still believe in America's future. We must work together to make this country and this world a better place.

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Pickpick

This book is over 10 years old, when he was still a senator from my home state of IL. Yet many of Obama's thoughts and ideas within it are still very relevant. Also - listening to him talk for hours is very soothing, but depressing considering who we get to listen to now... #awesomeaudio

alisonrose Seriously!!!!! I work in political news and oh Lordy... 2y
Jaimelire I am not American, but I will say that I do miss his use of full sentences! 2y
Nat_Reads I love this book...and him 😍 2y
melbeautyandbooks So true! 2y
MyNamesParadise I miss Barack 😩😩😩😭😭😭 2y
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MallenNC
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More exciting book news! I will definitely buy White House photographer Pete Souza's book.

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stacybmartin
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Today's #labsoundtrack is filling me with fond nostalgia. 😢

Gezemice Read by the author? Oh, gotta get this! 2y
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bekakins
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I absolutely loved this. Particularly poignant in the changing US political climate. As a non-US resident I'm sure some points passed me by as I don't have the best understanding of the US government system, but Obama writes in a powerful and passionate way. I'd love to see him release something post-presidency!

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Arcana
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Drinking my coffee, and watching our last President. ❤️ It was so good to hear his voice, it brought me to tears 😭 #Obama

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BookishMarginalia
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An interesting wide-ranging list: @valkyrie8411/barack-obamas-favourite-books-593e26d1383e" rel="nofollow" target="_top">https://medium.com/@valkyrie8411/barack-obamas-favourite-books-593e26d1383e

TheLondonBookworm 😮 amazing need to check this out! Does anyone else immediately count up all the books they've already read then feel a bit smug if it's most of them? 😂😂😂 2y
Nat_Reads What a treat! Thanks for posting! 2y
Amandajoy I haven't read most of those, but that's a great list. A good number were already on my TBR. 2y
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scripturient @TheLondonBookworm Yes! 😂😂😂 2y
minkyb Thank you! 2y
Bookladylinda Great list! I have read several but not all, I bookmarked this link to refer back to. 2y
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cdreincarnate
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This was so good and so dense I actually had to listen to the audiobook 2x before returning it to the library. So would that count for the read a book I've already read for Book Riot's #readharderchallenge or is that cheating?

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cdreincarnate

It'll be interesting to read this one right after having read Hillbilly Elegy and see their different takes on similar issues.

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jpmcwisemorgan

The Obamas have signed a duo book deal with Penguin!

thec0zy Dream come true 😍 3y
SuperPunkNinja 🤘🤘🤘 3y
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sammisho
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The glaring differences between our last president and our current president...oh, where to even begin.
#presidentialreads #feistyfeb @RealLifeReading

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CocoReads
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#feistyfeb #presidentialreads ok, so he wasn't President when it came out but it's what I immediately thought of today.

BookishMarginalia 💜💜💜 3y
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BeckyMerilatt
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I'm over here bawling my eyes out thinking about this man's legacy and the massive backward steps this nation is currently taking. He made change. I want to do my part to fight to keep his legacy intact.

I've been in a major reading slump. As much as I'd love to escape to another place, I feel such a sense of urgency and I have hard time turning away from the news. It's like we're living out the beginning of a dystopian novel.

Hooked_on_books Right there with you. We all have to stay focused and fight back. Call your senators and express your views (especially if they are republicans). 3y
BeckyMerilatt @Hooked__on__books I'm a Seattlelite so it's mostly democratic senators for me, but also yes! ☺️I'm trying to get a donation drive organized for refugees too. Although the organization I want to go through hasn't gotten back to me yet - hopefully because they're overwhelmed with support right now. 3y
BeckyMerilatt Oh also this is pic is of Time magazine's latest special edition. (edited) 3y
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Libby1 ((( Hugs))) Take care of yourself. ❤ 3y
LiteraryinLititz I know what you mean. Hang in there. 3y
TheBookHippie Same. Take care. Bring your neighbor a treat. 💗 I'm finding acts of kindness are getting me through. 3y
Hazel0303 I have had this exact problem. I'm in the middle of three books, but I can't rip myself away from the news. It's a nightmare that we are living for once - not reading about. I miss Barack so much. 3y
UwannaPublishme Same here. Ugh... Reading and hanging out on Litsy helps a lot. Hang in there. 🤗💕 3y
Bette Same here. To go from Obama: eloquence, grace, and brains to this. Everyday is disbelief, shock and anger. Be kind to yourself. I'm slowly reading again. I hope you will too. 💜 3y
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Loretta
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Look what I found at Harvard Bookstore today! I may read this over and over for the next few years.

Wish I had the power to add it to the catalogue.

#indiepress #indiebookstore #shopindie

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Ellen

If you aren't ready to let go, here is a helpful list of every book Obama recommended or was known to have read during his presidency. Includes recommendations he made to Malia, purchases at independent bookstores, and favorite summer reads, making for an eclectic list! #obama #getindie #diversebooks #readharder https://www.google.com/amp/ew.com/books/2017/01/18/barack-obama-book-recommendat...

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BeckyMerilatt
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#libraryhaul mostly for my 3 year old, and some Barack Obama for me because I'm not ready to let go yet.

Dragon Homer Price ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
BeckyMerilatt @Dragon My husband read it as a kid. I've never read it. Good to hear another vote in its favor. 3y
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B.Reader
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My local Women's March today. People are estimating around 2,000 people showed and marched in a town of a population of 60,000, in a state where 8/10 people voted for Trump. So many feels today. So proud of my town.

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LitsyFeministBookClub
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Have you guys seen this interview with President Obama about books and reading? It's been giving us life this week!

https://electricliterature.com/barack-obama-reader-in-chief-fb1e58791422hicklebe...

Never forget the power of reading. 📖

#Resist #ReaderinChief #AntiInauguration

[DELETED] 1409720085 All the tears. 😭So much love and respect for this man. 3y
Bookzombie ❤️ 3y
Owlizabeth 😍😭😍😭 3y
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Elephantango I love him so much. 3y
melissajayne Love. 3y
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