President Obama Archive

The Best Essay I Read This Month: “My President Was Black,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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It’s a treatise on President Obama’s blackness, and so, by extension, America’s blackness. It’s hard to read, not so much this time because it challenges paradigms or covers history many of us should have learned in school but didn’t, but mostly because it is sad.

Round-Up: Librarian of Congress Nominated, VA Law Blocks Books, and a Serial Killer’s Book Also Blocked

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From Obama’s nomination for the next Librarian of Congress to a serial killer’s controversial book, the latest developments in literary news: President Obama has nominated Carla Hayden as the next Librarian of Congress. Hayden is currently the CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland and was

On Crafting Presidential Narratives

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Martin O’Malley’s failed presidential bid is a novel that writes itself, and I’d write it tomorrow if my plot wouldn’t risk turning into fan fiction. A handsome, two-term governor gets bested by a woman and a socialist and suspends his campaign after receiving 0.5% of the vote in the

Rereading GILEAD on the Eve of the Iowa Caucus

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Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead became my favorite novel a decade ago. I read the first half the book in Iowa City and the second half the book in Wichita, Kansas, which undoubtedly brought the narrator’s prairie landscape to life. I lived the book in solitude, existing with Reverend John Ames