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Demonizing a President: The “Foreignization” of Barack Obama

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All presidents have their critics. In a two-party system with numerous players aspiring for the highest office in the land, it’s to be expected that whomever is elected will face blame, accusations, and conspiracy theories no matter what they do. But in the case of President Barack Obama, criticism has taken a decidedly uglier turn, with racist, xenophobic, and political attacks of unprecedented ferocity and vitriol.

Demonizing a President is an exploration of the numerous attempts to slander and undermine the legitimacy of Obama’s presidency. And thankfully, although the author identifies himself as an Obama supporter, this doesn’t come off as a blind defense of a favored president. Rather, the book presents a nuanced study of the staggering efforts to brand Obama an outsider, or as Parlett puts it, “the Other.”

Parlett provides valuable context by noting previous presidents who faced similar accusations of “foreignness” or “secret loyalties,” and although some of these facts are surprising, they only add to the argument that Obama has been under siege like no president in history.

As informative as it is unsettling, Demonizing a President provides a valuable record for a less-than-pretty side of modern American political realities.

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Author:
Martin A. Parlett
Star Count:
4/5
Format:
Hard
Page Count:
253 pages
Publisher:
Praeger
Publish Date:
2014-Aug-28
ISBN:
9781440830556
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Issue:
February 2015
Category:
Current Events & Politics
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Publication Date

2014-Aug-28

Format

Hard

Publisher

Praeger

Issue

February 2015

Page Count

253 pages

ASIN

144083055X

ISBN

9781440830556

Star Count

4

Book Author

Martin A. Parlett

“Demonizing a President: The “Foreignization” of Barack Obama”

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