From the University Library

I’ve been meaning to read Obama’s books for ages so was pleased when they passed through my hands at work and I could bagsie them.

I thought I’d read them chronologically and get an idea of the man behind the ideas first.  Well, it’s good to have a President of the US who can string a sentence together. He comes across as intelligent, socially aware, and humble.  He admits in the preface to the new edition that some of the content was a bit embarassing when he came to run for Senator – but he left it in.  He refers to himself as "a black man with a funny name" and whether the humility is exaggerated for the book or not, he comes across as a decent man, honest about his struggles with his dual-race background and African roots. Fascinating stuff and a good read.