Happy Hump Day!!! If you’re like me, you’re just about ready for this week to be over. Today’s post is going to be a first for me. I’m going to switch it up a little and do a book review. The book, “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime”, is a background tell-all book about the election of 2008. I purchased this book last February (for my friends on Facebook, I was clearly wrong thinking I had ordered this last summer), and just finished it Monday night. (Hey, don’t judge me.)
The first thing you must be thinking is that, “The book must not have been that good. It took her a whole year to finish it!” That is SO far from the truth!!! While I’m a self-proclaimed bookworm, I was a little overwhelmed by the more than 400 pages so there was a lot of picking up/putting down going on. (Also, most of my reading is inclusive of Eric Jerome Dickey fiction.) As someone who loves politics and history, I found this book very intriguing. It tells EVERYTHING that you ever wanted to know about the primary and the general election of 2008 from the people who were there. You learn how McCain had NO money during the Republican primary and was almost out of the race altogether, how Palin shut down anytime she was prepped by her staff, and how during the Democratic primary Edwards knew the story about his mistress was coming out and before irreversible damage was done, was trying to make a deal with Clinton and Obama to serve in either one’s cabinet. You also see the evolution of how the Clintons and Obama started of as bitter enemies and evolved to having a mutual respect for each other. This book was really good, and I highly suggest you all read it. It makes for great discussion and gives you insight to all parties involved. I will admit it was hard for me to keep track of who’s who in each party’s camp (as some new name and position pops up frequently), but I was able to grasp the main points, which I think was most important. I was also able to reminisce a little about the election of 2000 and the McCain/Bush debate in South Carolina. (To keep your attention I won’t go into details, but I do remember when a classmate’s father, who was a Congress person in my home state, pulled his support from McCain when the Senator made disparaging remarks about his alma mater.) McCain and his wife remembered it, too, and weren’t even sure if John should run again based off his experiences in the Palmetto State.
So, if you read the book, what did you think about it? If you didn’t read the book, but want to share some thoughts on the election, feel free. Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!
The Black History Month fact of the day is about Clennon Washington King, Jr. King was the first African-American man to run for the President of the United States. In 1960, King was a candidate of Independent Afro-American Party.