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Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied his Critics and Transformed America | Jonathan Chait
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An unassailable case that, in the eyes of history, Barack Obama will be viewed as one of Americas best and most accomplished presidents. Over the course of eight years, Barack Obama has amassed an array of outstanding achievements. His administration saved the American economy from collapse, expanded health insurance to millions who previously could not afford it, negotiated an historic nuclear deal with Iran, helped craft a groundbreaking international climate accord, reined in Wall Street and crafted a new vision of racial progress. He has done all of this despite a left that frequently disdained him as a sellout, and a hysterical right that did everything possible to destroy his agenda even when they agreed with what he was doing. Now, as the page turns to our next Commander in Chief, Jonathan Chait, acclaimed as one of the most incisive and meticulous political commentators in America, digs deep into Obamas record on major policy frontseconomics, the environment, domestic reform, health care, race, foreign policy, and civil rightsto demonstrate why history will judge our forty-fourth president as among the greatest in history. Audacity does not shy away from Obamas failures, most notably in foreign policy. Yet Chait convincingly shows that President Obama has accomplished what candidate Obama said he would, despite overwhelming oppositionand that the hopes of those who voted for him have not been dashed despite the smokescreen of extremist propaganda and the limits of short-term perspective.
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(Continued)....series of incremental improvements, do such things acquire the sheen of idealistic grandeur.

Suet624 Good to remember. 2mo
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Not being George W. Bush may not qualify as being the pinnacle of historic achievement, but it certainly beats the alternative.

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Samplergal Yep. 2y
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The Obama administration persuaded former Soviet republics like Ukraine and Belarus to surrender their stockpiles of highly enriched uranium, triumphs that almost no Americans would hear about, but which minimized the odds of catastrophe.

Suet624 Sigh. The good old days. 2y
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Dean Angstadt, an uninsured logger in Pennsylvania, decided after regular Fox News watching that he should boycott Obamacare, until his friend prevailed upon him to enroll when he needed heart valve surgery to save his life. He may not have liked Barack Obama, but he owed him.

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Obama allowed Bush-era tax cuts on incomes over $450K to lapse, bringing higher-era tax rates into effect. The effect of lower taxes on the middle-class and poor, and higher taxes on the wealthy reduced incomes for the highest-earning 1% by an average of 5% per household, and increased incomes for the lowest earning tenth of households by an average of 9.7%. With vanishingly little attention, Obama had moved the needle against income inequality.

Suet624 My heart just keeps breaking every day 2y
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What a joyous surprise! A birthday present arrived today! A variety of selections from my Amazon wish list! #booksarethebestgifts

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LeahBergen Yay!! 2y
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I mean...I don't mean to toot my #libraryhaul horn here but...toot toot!! 💕📚💕

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I miss him...

Viji 😞 3y
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I enjoyed this book. Will probably need to read it again in a few months.

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Picked up #Audacity today at #unabridgedbookstore in Chicago. Started reading it on the train home.

8little_paws Unabridged is excellent!! 3y
ABookGeek Yes, it is! Love that bookstore! 3y
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The publisher sent me this book so I could review it. I think once I finish Little Deaths, this is going to have to be my next read.

BookishMarginalia 👍🏼👏🏼 3y
Gayan 😢 I miss him already. 3y
Nat_Reads As the kids say, he is "goals". I'm joking to hold back the tears. 3y
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This seems especially appropriate -- I'm planning on buying this to read tomorrow. Perhaps you'd like to do the same. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01C2NIUPO/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=&sr= #WeHoldTheLine #antiinauguration

B.Reader Excellent suggestion! Every little bit of #resistance counts. 3y
DivineDiana Great idea! I am going to read 3y
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Very relevant and important!! I'm reading all of these.

Sydsavvy I need each and every one of those! 3y
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Sitting in traffic on a rainy Friday night, trying to get out of the city. My partner is driving, and I just finished this book of political commentary. Review to come once I can take a photo of the galley for you all (Monday).

BethFishReads Hope your weekend spot is sunny 3y
Tav Thanks @BethFishReads it's just Bucks County PA so likely rainy but with friends so -- metaphorically sunny! 🌞🌞 3y
BethFishReads Have fun! Rainy here in central PA 3y
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Still reading Jonathan Chait's survey and analysis of Obama's accomplishments as president. I am enjoying it but wish I had a solid hour to just finish it up... 50pp left! I loved this quote, it made me laugh... IF ONLY governance was as easy in real life as it is in a Sorkin film! 👔🎯📜🇺🇸 ~~~ PS I like how the guy in the background was also reading on his ereader on the subway!

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Reading while waiting for the uptown A at Times Square. Chait makes an astounding case for the success of Obamacare in Chapter 3 of this book. Am really enjoying this--am learning A LOT! ? ?"The cost of medical care has come down so fast the federal gov't itself is now spending less than it was projected to spend on health care even had Obamacare never existed."

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Turns out a glass of French Pinot noir is the perfect pairing to Chait's discussion of Obama's presidency. Enjoying a glass at Blue Water Grill in Union Square (NYC) before I head uptown for an event at 92Y for Daphne Oz (her cookbook THE HAPPY COOK is on sale today).

Mccall0113 Love and miss the city 3y
Tav @Mccall0113 I can't imagine ever giving up my city life! 🌃 3y
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I am only several pages into the first chapter and I am already fascinated with Chait's (political columnist at New York magazine) analysis of Obama's presidency. This quote was set up with eye-opening poll data and was followed by many crass examples of "white racial panic." QUOTE "The mental chasm between red and blue America is, at bottom, an irreconcilable differences over the definition of racial justice." | On sale January 10, 2017.

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