Does it feature a Benghazi chapter? Obama’s supposed ‘honest account’ memoir is both hailed & derided online
‘A Promised Land’ will apparently reveal Barack Obama’s professional “highs and lows,” according to the man himself. Though fans are delighted, some online users doubt the memoir will touch on Obama’s many controversies.
“There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one,” Obama wrote on Thursday, announcing his memoir via a tweet. In ‘A Promised Land’ Obama “tries to provide an honest accounting of [his] presidency” and finally reveals how to “make [American] democracy work for everybody.”
Thousands of commenters thanked Obama for giving them some reading material, which they “couldn’t wait to buy.” They called him “inspirational” and even “the greatest President of all time.”
Mr. President can't wait to buy it and I know it will be a bestseller— Earnest Thigpen (@EarnestThigpen1) September 17, 2020
Congratulations! I will be buying it. You’re so inspirational x— 𝒞𝒽𝒶𝓇𝓁𝑜𝓉𝓉𝑒 (@charlotteukcity) September 17, 2020
We miss you!— Travis Allen 🇺🇸 (@TravisAllen02) September 17, 2020
The deluge of positivity, however, gave pause to some Twitter users, who went so far as to call Obama’s fanbase “delusional.”
On the opposite side of the discussion were plenty of commentators who speculated on whether the supposedly honest memoir will chronicle the ex-president’s multiple controversies. Users brought up Obama’s hawkish foreign policy, allegations he was involved in wiretapping Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016, and the killing of US diplomats in 2012 Benghazi attack.
"... an honest accounting of my presidency"The chapter on Benghazi will be fascinating.As will the surveillance of a campaign.— Sandy 〽️ (@RightGlockMom) September 17, 2020
Can't wait to read the chapter on Spying on your opponents. 👍— Snoop Bailey (@realsnoopbailey) September 17, 2020
Does it tell us how many drone strikes you ordered on the brown kids?— Mr. Plenty (@OfWudan) September 17, 2020
The book is part of Obama’s whopping $65 million deal with publisher Crown. ‘A Promised Land’ is some 768 pages long, and is set to be just the first tome of the 59-year-old ex-president’s memoirs.
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