Today, President-elect Barack Obama embarked on a whistle-stop tour as a symbolic ending to a presidential campaign that began two years ago in January 2007 on the steps of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois, where both he and Lincoln began their political careers. Today is also our soon-to-be First Lady’s 45th birthday. What a wonderful way for the Michelle Obama and her family to celebrate both events (even though they had an earlier, more intimate celebration on Thursday, too)!

“We should never forget that we are the heirs of those early patriots, ordinary men and women who refused to give up when it all seemed so improbable – and who somehow believed that they had the power to make the world anew,” he told a crowd estimated at 35,000 in Philadelphia. “That is the spirit that we must reclaim today.”

2009 will be recognized for the inauguration of Barack Obama. Obama’s election as our 44th President marks one of the most important milestones on the path of equality, a change begun by Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration in 1861 and the dream continued by Dr. Martin Luther King. Nothing could be much more symbolic than celebrating Martin Luther King Day on the eve of Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Barack Obama has written three books that I’m sure you will enjoy reading. The books are Dreams of My Father, The Audacity of Hope, and Change We Can Believe In.  They can be ordered in hardcover, paperback, audio download, or audio CD through by following the links. Read editorial reviews below:

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

barack obama bookElected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, Obama was offered a book contract, but the intellectual journey he planned to recount became instead this poignant, probing life. Born in 1961 to a white American woman and a black Kenyan student, Obama was reared in Hawaii by his mother and her parents, his father having left for further study and a return home to Africa. So Obama’s not-unhappy youth is nevertheless a lonely voyage to racial identity, tensions in school, struggling with black literature, and a one month-long visit when he was 10 from his commanding father. After college, Obama became a community organizer in Chicago. He slowly found place and purpose among folks of similar hue but different memory, winning enough small victories to commit himself to the work. Before going to law school, he finally visited Kenya; with his father dead, he confronted obligation and loss, and found wellsprings of love and attachment. Obama leaves some lingering questions but still has written a resonant book.

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

barack obama booksBarack Obama’s first book, Dreams from My Father, was a compelling and moving memoir focusing on personal issues of race, identity, and community. With his second book The Audacity of Hope, Obama engages themes raised in his keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, shares personal views on faith and values and offers a vision of the future that involves repairing a “political process that is broken” and restoring a government that has fallen out of touch with the people. At this defining moment in our history, Americans are hungry for change. After years of failed policies and


failed politics from Washington, this is our chance to reclaim the American dream. Barack Obama has proven to be a new kind of leader–one who can bring people together, be honest about the challenges we face, and move this nation forward. Change We Can Believe In outlines his vision for America.

Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama’s Plan to Renew America’s Promise

In these pages you will find bold and specific ideas about how to fix our ailing economy and strengthen the middle class, make health care affordable for all, achieve energy independence, and keep America safe in a dangerous world. Change We Can Believe In asks you not just to believe in Barack Obama’s ability to bring change to Washington, it asks you to believe in yours.