In this Kindle Singles Interview, President Barack Obama decried the „change in culture” that has changed our view of the American Dream. „There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous,” the President said. „Kids weren’t monitoring everyday what Kim Kardashian was wearing, or where Kanye West was going on vacation, and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success.” He addressed the jobs issue from a personal perspective, reflecting on how his own life might have been different had he not experienced success in politics. „I could picture myself being a good teacher,” the President mused. In the interview, which took place on July 30, 2013, at an Amazon facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Obama discussed the increasing need for government programs that can actually make a difference. Sticking close to his standard message, he spoke frankly about the increasing polarization of American politics since the Great Recession and Republican Party intransigence over his agenda. On a personal note, he reflected that he and First Lady Michelle Obama are constantly reminding their daughters of the “slightly unreal environment that they’re in,” as children of privilege in a world constrained by unemployment and recession.
Amazonon, az ingyenes e-könyvek böngészése közben bukkantam erre a könyvre, és mivel elég rövidke, gondoltam, letöltöm. Obama mindig is szimpatikus volt számomra, ezeket az érzéseket pedig a két új elnökjelölt személye is felerősítette. Ebben az interjúban is megnyilvánul, hogy mekkora veszteség lesz az USA-nak, amikor visszavonul, mert a szavaiból süt az együttérzés, intelligencia, hétköznapiság és a haza iránti szeretet. Örülök, hogy elolvastam ezt az interjút. :)
Opportunities are available. We just haven't done a good job of making sure they're accessible to all people.
When I think about my generation, we live in a country that is far more diverse, far more racially tolerant, where women have far greater opportunities than their moms or their grandmas had, and where gay and lesbian folks are, with amazing speed, gaining greater equality and recognition in this society. There are a lot of good things that have happened during the course of our lifetimes. And that's made America a better place.
I think every kid has some fantasies about what they'd like to have. But I can't tell you how many people I meet in my generation who will say, 'Looking back on it, we didn't have a lot, but we didn't feel poor." The reason was because the American dream involved some pretty basic stuff. A home you could call your own. A good job where your felt some security. A good education, and the ability to get a higher education if you wanted to pursue it. Health care you could count on. Retirement that you could count on. Those cornerstones of what it meant to be middle class were pretty universally held. People felt that if they worked hard they could get there. It was achievable. But I don't think people went around saying to themselves, „I need to have a 10,000 square-foot house.”