I believe in this country. I believe in the American people.
I believe that people are more good than bad...
We're going to be okay. We just have to fight for it.
We have to work for it. And not take it for granted.
Old English feohtan, Old Saxon fehtan, Old High German fehtan
1) contend, struggle, strive for victory; campaign or strive determinedly to achieve something.
2) engage in or conduct (a battle, duel, etc).
3) strife, struggle for victory; a conflict against an opposing force.
4) a hostile encounter between opposing forces.
5) contend in war or battle or single combat.
These lines are the last lines Barack Obama’s last press conference as President of the United States on January 18, 2017.
The full quote is ::
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 is evil in the world. But I think that at the end of the day, if we work hard and if we are true to those things in us that feel true and feel right, that the world gets a little better each time. That’s what this presidency has tried to be about.
And I see that in the young people I have worked with. I couldn’t be prouder of them.
And so, this is not just a matter of no-drama Obama. This is what I really believe. It is true that behind closed doors, I curse more than I do. And sometimes I get mad and frustrated like everyone else does.
But at my core, I think we’re going to be okay. We just have to fight for it. We have to work for it. And not take it for granted.
Former President Barack Obama is a reader. And a writer. If you’ve not read his first book, Dreams From My Father : A Story of Race and Inheritance, I highly recommend. Here is the New York Times review from when his first memoir was published.
Earlier this week the New York Times ran this report – Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books, which among other treats remind us that he wrote short stories as a young man while working as a community organizer. And then there is this, which I love ::
Mr. Obama says he is hoping to eventually use his presidential center website “to widen the audience for good books” — something he’s already done with regular lists of book recommendations — and then encourage a public “conversation about books.”
Read the full transcript of the interview with Obama about books and reading and writing :: Transcript: President Obama on What Books Mean to Him.
And then there is this President Obama’s Reading List. Of particular meaning and interest to me is his relationship with Marilynne Robinson. He describes them as pen pals (a word with deeper meaning between two writers). She did a series of interviews with him for the New York Review of Books. President Obama & Marilynne Robinson: A Conversation in Iowa, Part One here & Part Two here.
Marilynne Robinson was one of my mother’s favorite writers.
And from New York Magazine – Enjoy the Last of Barack Obama’s Literary Wisdom.
On Thursday this past week the last West Wing Week was posted. Obama’s remarks, quoted above start at the 4:22 mark, approximately ::