Obama is famously controlled, and the face he shows the public is that of a solid man, good to his family and thorough in his work. Which brings me to hope, and mom jeans.
Because the one errant trait in Obama is his hopefulness. Against reason, against experience, he just keeps hoping. For a man so tuned to rigor, his hope—that the crowds that swelled for him in his first campaign would mobilize on behalf of his agenda; that institutional norms would trump partisanship in Congress; that decent people sitting together in a room can hammer out solutions to complicated problems—comes across as unbelievably, unbearably, uncharacteristically naive.
Does he know better? But there he goes, cycling into the sunset in the psychological equivalent of faded, baggy pants too long in the hem and too high in the waist. This is the sixth installment of a part series celebrating the legacy of President Barack Obama and his administration. Read the fifth installment here. All rights reserved. Most Shared. Facebook Pinterest. In This Story: Year in Review. Basketball has always been there. On drive, on leadership, on pain, on accomplishment, on the shame of being given a role, and the glory of taking a role on: This is a powerful memoir of life and basketball that reveals new depths to the superstar athlete, and offers tremendous insight into most urgent stories being told in American society today.
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