Also, I'm a little scared that the Ayers comments in this thread aren't jokes.
Obama's prose is mind-numbingly turgid.
"Obama's prose is mind-numbingly turgid. This has been an advantage for him because, from what I've read and heard, he doesn't come across in these books as the kind of person most Americans would want as their president. To be honest I completed neither book because I found the writing impossibly bad."
"Steve Sailer managed to slog through Obama's book and write his own book presenting a detailed analyis of both the man and his book. You can download a free copy here."
"Sailer is actually somewhat fond of Obama..."
"Nevertheless he tries to decode this enigmatic politician along with his opaque history."
"Are there pictures?"
"At some point, then, in spite of a stubborn desire to protect myself from scrutiny, in spite of the periodic impulse to abandon the entire project, what has found its way onto these pages is a record of a personal, interior journey—a boy’s search for his father, and through that search a workable meaning for his life as a black American."
Yes, if by "opaque" you mean "having written two highly intimate and revealing autobiographies".
"Especially remarkable, in that he really hadn't much of a career to reflect back upon yet."
This is pretty funny - while the above poster describes Obama's prose as "turgid", Sailer describes it as "serpentine". Because as well all know, serpents are extremely turgid.
"so in the world of mahan atma, not only is obama a legal genius he is a literary genius as well."
A self-consciously gifted writer, Obama’s most impressive
effort, Dreams from My Father, is a work of considerable
sophistication and thus deserves a more sophisticated reading than it has so far received.
Barack Obama does not say much about his years in New York City. The time he spent as an undergraduate at Columbia College and then working in Manhattan in the early 1980s surfaces only fleetingly in his memoir.
"i am pretty sure it was you, though i could be wrong"
"Does this early Sailer paragraph sound angry or contemptuous? Now we can play a little game here with each of us cherry picking sections."
"Never buy a book whose author is photographed on the cover."
Much more impressive: My book on the Schmalkaldic War has broken Amazon's top 50.
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
"The brutal truth: Obama is a 'wigger'. He's a remarkably exotic variety of the faux African-American, but a wigger nonetheless."
"Wigger (alternatively spelled wigga, whigger or whigga) is a pejorative slang term for a white person who allophilically emulates mannerisms, slang, and fashions stereotypically associated with urban African Americans and urban Black British and Caribbean culture, especially in relation to hip hop culture and British Grime/Garage scene.
The term most likely stems from a portmanteau of the word white and the derogatory term nigger. The word is considered offensive by some because of its similarity to nigger in addition to reflecting stereotypical notions about urban blacks. Because of this in many communities the term for a white person that emulates urban African-Americans is "whamma", which is a play on the word "bama" which means a thuggish or rude African-American"
"What you won’t hear, except from me, is that 'Let the good times roll' is an especially risky message for African-Americans. The plain fact is that they tend to possess poorer native judgment than members of better-educated groups. Thus they need stricter moral guidance from society."
Well, agreed. But then dissent from his policies, don't dissent from reality with all this superstitious nonsense a la "who *is* Barack Obama?" He's the president-elect and a very impressive person who successfully exercised his own dissent about how the country was being run. You don't have to agree with him, but please, everyone, stop the character assassination. It's really beneath us as a people.
The would‐be President has written a long, luxuriant, and almost incomprehensible book, so I have penned a (relatively) short and brusque book that explains who Obama thinks he is.
Second, I enjoy Obama’s writing style. As a professional writer, I envy the sonorous flow of his prose and his eye for novelistic details. I can’t write that mellifluously.
I justify borrowing thousands of words of Obama’s copyrighted prose under the legal doctrine of “fair use.” If he doesn’t like it, he can sue me.
"Well finally we get the race card. When all else fails attack the messenger and stay away from factual information. Funny how it's not ok to quote the Rev. Wright out of context, but it is for Sailer."
are there any autobiographies that are not mind-numbingly dull
Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)
""The brutal truth: Obama is a 'wigger'. He's a remarkably exotic variety of the faux African-American, but a wigger nonetheless."