President Barack Obama‘s time in the White House is almost up. After 8 years, Obama, whether you believe it or not, has left our country in better shape than he inherited it. The unemployment rate is down to 4.9%, the economy added 161,000 jobs in October, and wages are up 2.8% over the past year.
We as bookworms know how important books are in our lives. Obama has encouraged literacy from working as the first African-American editor at the Harvard Law Review to releasing his essential reading lists for future leaders as President. He has even written numerous books such as, Dreams from My Father.
Here’s to looking ahead with some essential reading quotes from President Obama.
1) “When I wasn’t working, the weekends would usually find me alone in an empty apartment, making do with the company of books.” – Dreams from My Father
2) “I confess to wincing every so often at a poorly chosen word, a mangled sentence, an expression of emotion that seems indulgent or overly practiced.” – Dreams from My Father
3) “The truth is, actually, words do inspire. Words do help people get involved … Don’t discount that power. Because when the American people are determined that something is going to happen, then it happens.” – From Jan. 5, 2008 debate with Hillary Clinton
4) “Reading is the gateway skill that makes all other learning possible, from complex word problems and the meaning of our history to scientific discovery and technological proficiency.” –“Literacy and Education in a 21st-Century Economy,” given to the American Library Association on June 25, 2005.
5) “Reading is important. If you know how to read, then the whole world opens up to you.” – From 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll
6) “When I think about how I understand my role as citizen, setting aside being president, and the most important set of understandings that I bring to that position of citizen, the most important stuff I’ve learned I think I’ve learned from novels. It has to do with empathy. It has to do with being comfortable with the notion that the world is complicated and full of grays, but there’s still truth there to be found, and that you have to strive for that and work for that. And the notion that it’s possible to connect with some[one] else even though they’re very different from you.” – Interview with Marilynne Robinson in The New York Review of Books, Nov. 19, 2015.
7) “At the dawn of the 21st century, where knowledge is literally power, where it unlocks the gates of opportunity and success, we all have responsibilities as parents, as librarians, as educators, as politicians, and as citizens to instill in our children a love of reading so that we can give them a chance to fulfill their dreams.” – President Obama’s 2005 Address at the ALA Annual Conference
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