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Discuss the following statement:  "Obama's journey is more important than his...

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Posted March 12, 2011 at 10:35 AM via web

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Discuss the following statement:  "Obama's journey is more important than his destination."

in Dreams from My Father

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 12, 2011 at 9:44 PM (Answer #1)

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This is a challenging question.  If the statement is in reference to the narrative presented in his memoirs, Dreams from My Father, there is much in way of truth present.  Obama displays himself as one seeking to better understand the dynamics of racial identity and what it means to be a person of color.  The struggles for understanding that is present in the memoir is one where the identity of oneself is an ongoing process, not necessarily focused on an end point as much as a journey to self awareness and understanding.  If the question is applied to President Obama, I would probably back away from the statement a bit.  Being the President of the United States, I would think that this is the end destination in terms of the results of a journey.  Whereas, the struggle for identity is displayed more as a voyage to self awareness, the job of the President is one where Obama is seen as one who embraces the end product, the destination to which all of his work and to which the struggle for identity has led.

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