Dreams from My Father – A Revisit

51FOmnPzYmL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_  Dreams from My Father

I happened to see this book at the bookshelf corner while looking for the last copy of 2017-01-19 17.54.13Russian Roulette

During President Obama’s last few years in office, his book Dreams of My Father was an all time Bestseller deficting his growing up years in Kenya, Indonesia and Hawaii. It was the same time when then candidate Trump started his campaign about Obama not being an American. The question of citizenship kept popping up from this candidate throughout.

Through his book, Obama explores his heritage as a Black American and what it means to his life up to maintaining his heritage and yet be equal to everyone when he become President in 2008. Obama’s legacy as the first minority non caucasian President was a turning point of history.  Till this day, some people still try to question it happened hence is also part of the contention why America will take a while to even elect a Woman Madame President.

Obama’s journey from happy, race-less boy running barefoot through the muddy back streets of Jakarta to perplexed adolescent and student in Honolulu, Los Angeles and New York, and to eager but ignorant and, eventually, reasonably productive community organiser on Chicago’s South Side depicts life of immigrants who came to the US young or in their teenage years. The ability to adapt to change living in the US while keeping one’s heritage alive is what immigrants depict. The ability to blend with both cultures and lifestyles is really the most important structure to living at present in American society.

Someone who never gained such experience will never undertand the immigrant life in the USA. As such the superficial thinking of the bad criminals are more predominant to associate them with undocumented aliens. The reality is that crime is integrated to society and people who commits any crime can be anyone regardless of rare, culture, gender or identity.

Dreams from My Father tells the story of Obama’s struggle to understand the forces that shaped him as the son of a black African father and white American mother—a struggle that takes him from the American heartland to the ancestral home of his great-aunt in the tiny African village of Alego. This is an example of the same questions and realities of immigrants living in America.

With Russian Roulette, For more than a year now, journalists Michael Isikoff and David Corn have been devoted to covering the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.   On Trump’s interest in meeting Vladimir Putin during his 2013 trip to Moscow, On how the project to build a Trump Tower in Moscow influenced Trump’s views on Russia. Hence the book mostly talks on connecting the dots between Russian the 2016 Presidential elections.

Both books are bestsellers yet Obama’s book reprintedin 2007 and Russisn Roulette was just published a few weeks ago. I’ll leave it to the reader and book critics the comparison the historical perspectives of both books.

Alex Esguerra

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There was campaign confusion about Clinton’s first interview. Here’s how it really happened. – CNN

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Today when “Shattered” hit the bookstores, it almost sold out in a matter of hours from the shelves. This just shows how people are still trying to wake up to the reality that Hillary Clinton lost the November 2016 elections.

Lessons to comparisons from 2008 to 2016 in how Hillary tried to change her image yet still embarked on the same analytic online metrics rather than grassroots level campaigns which after all she and Former President Bill Clinton used to be sublimed experts in reaching out directly to underlying communities.

Having had the experience on seeing and somewhat involved in years of Presidential campaigns from the Reagan, Bush and Clinton years, Obama truly changed a lot of the mechanics of campaigning garnering armies online and social media.

In spite of this fact, the making of First Lady, Senator, Sec. Of State Hillary Clinton are still integrally image attached to the years pre-Obama. What does it mean? It’s simply that although data analytics online where indeed giving the numbers Hillary’s campaign wanted to see, the candidate should have more reach out directly with localism campaigns and direct contact. Hence, this was also trending in 2008 hoping that her concession speech then would have gotten more direction to her staff. So although a lot of us are still trying to decipher why she lost and keeps hovering on the Electoral College, grassroots campaigns electioneering might be a real factor why such a lost being tied to the making then of candidate Clinton.

So far what we know years from now historians will write about the first woman to achieved nomination to a US Presidential campaign and likewise her accomplishments will tie all what Hillary is all about. Yet as we know we haven’t seen the last of Mrs. Clinton.

Everything is too fast from Series B to Immigration B”Ban”

The news is filled with Tech companies statements on the recent Immigration Ban who uses the H-1 B visa program a lot. As this is going on not sure if you have notice the other “B”‘s. Such case is AirBNB who started in 2008 right after the inauguration of the 44th US President Barack Obama whom raised a $112 million Series “B” funding in 2011 side by side with San Francisco based “Uber” at $30 million.

As crunch base announce the growth in 2016 for Series B funds, VR ecosystems and Vehicles predominantly autonomous were led by NextVR and Quanergy System.

Hence so much investments analysis and trending are here these days factored by not just founder ideals, investors but policy executive orders such as the recent immigration ban. Why? Simply as the factors stated above on tech companies hiring a big chunk of their workforce from overseas like “engineers”.

The question lies how these Series B funding growth will take path in 2017. As any investor or venture capitalist looking at especially start-ups, they look at day to day operations and how profits will be affected if such company will be limited in creating the perfect product or service.

As we wait for the next series of not “B” but executive orders, one can just cross their finger and sigh on “what’s next”.

Alex Esguerra

 

My Life, My Love, My Legacy – Loretta Scott King

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My Life, My Love, My Legacy Hardcover by Loretta Scott King and Barbara Reynolds Hardcover hits the stores on January 17, 2017.

ISBN:9781627795982   Publisher:Henry Holt & Co

On Monday, January 16 we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King’s fight for racial equality, justice and freedom for all. This book will be released the next day as we go back from the Martin Luther King M<Monday holiday.

The life story of Coretta Scott King—wife of Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and singular twentieth-century American civil rights activist—as told fully for the first time, toward the end of her life, to one of her closest friends

As a widow and single mother of four, while butting heads with the all-male African American leadership of the times, she championed gay rights and AIDS awareness, founded the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, lobbied for fifteen years to help pass a bill establishing the US national holiday in honor of her slain husband, and was a powerful international presence, serving as a UN ambassador and playing a key role in Nelson Mandela’s election.

Coretta’s is a love story, a family saga, and the memoir of an independent-minded black woman in twentieth-century America, a brave leader who stood committed, proud, forgiving, nonviolent, and hopeful in the face of terrorism and violent hatred every single day of her life.

Born in 1927 to daringly enterprising black parents in the Deep South, Coretta Scott had always felt called to a special purpose. One of the first black scholarship students recruited to Antioch College, a committed pacifist, and a civil rights activist, she was an avowed feminist—a graduate student determined to pursue her own career—when she met Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister insistent that his wife stay home with the children. But in love and devoted to shared Christian beliefs and racial justice goals, she married King, and events promptly thrust her into a maelstrom of history throughout which she was a strategic partner, a standard bearer, a marcher, a negotiator, and a crucial fundraiser in support of world-changing achievements.

The book comes out just in time for the January 20, 2017 Presidential inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. It will be the historical farewell of the first African American President Barack Obama as he officially starts being Citizen Obama. The racial divide in America has still a long way to go yet Obama had set the progressive leadership initiatives following Martin Luther King. Obama while in office showcase racial equality in spite of the detractors he face notwithstanding the question of American citizenship.

Being a minority in the United States has it’s challenges yet the opportunities therein exemplifies that minorities are the best hard working employees and citizens as an asset to the land of the free. As we remember, Dr. King’s fight for racial justice and equality, let us focus as a nation what we have learned for the past 2 elections of 2008 and 2016. There’s so much work still needed in America that entails income equality as well as fighting for the individual rights of people living with disabling illness and pre-existing conditions towards Affordable Health Care. The AID’s initiatives for example way back during Coretta Scott King’s lifetime to this day still has a lot of open opportunities. During Obama’s presidency the National Aids Awareness Initiatives and Council were formed and assembled in Pennsylvania Avenue in response to the growing battle of the AIDS/HIV stigma.

Although today.HIV and AIDS are no longer as life threatening as in the 1980’s when it started, access to preventive, sustaining cure and research are still some of the biggest challenges faced in the health care industry. As we continue on the Washington politicking on the Affordable Care Act, a lot of patients needing access to medical care awaits their plight.

Coretta Scott King was an American civil rights activist, international human rights champion, author, the wife of Martin Luther King Jr., and the mother of four. Born in 1927 in Heiberger, Alabama, she died in 2006 in Rosarito Beach, Mexico.

Alex Esguerra

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The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick, A Review

bridgePulitzer Prize Winning Author, David Remnick writes on the experiences on the first African-American President in 2011, a First Vintage Book Edition by Random House.

This book talks about Obama’s background, his Kenyan roots, the makings of a politico, the presidential campaign, his work as Senator from illinois including his votes during the Bush presidency. It ends in 2009 and beyond after getting elected as President. As we know one of the first things Obama had to work in his transition which eventually pave the way of history writing about one of his best accomplishments was the depth of the economic crisis and recession in modern time. He narrates David Axelrod telling him that “Things was plummeting” and “The skies were darkening” meaning it was a deep, deep recession. History will write what Obama achieved by not allowing the worst case scenario to happen when government stepped in with interventions to the banking, stock market and of course when the automotive industry almost collapsed instantly.

The “Affordable Care Act” which is one of the last signatures of the Obama presidency is currently a long discussion with different groups and the like. Health care and lack of insurance has been a constant issue in the United States and has been a long campaign with the various past administrations and politicians including First Ladies like Clinton. The fact is that there are so many people although still paying a hefty co-pay and dues who benefits from the Affordable Care Act. Hence, trying to read on Obama’s mind, it might be devastating for a signature achievement simply to be abolished after his departure in office. But it is the same reality how it started as there are so many uninsured

It began in March 4, 2007 when then junior senator from Illinois Obama was going to Selma Alabama for a speech. Obama had just launched his bid for the president in a few days enroute to confront his democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

It was a discovery time for the world as Senator Obama tells about himself, his background, his beliefs and his vision as President. It was a also a time “Race” played a big part being the first African American to run in the highest office. What was interesting was the polls capitulated on the African American community behind the candidacy of then Senator and Former First Lady, Hillary Clinton. A big fact was that a lot of that community was not familiar who Obama was. Hillary’s husband the former President as i remember during my time  with the APEC Youth spotlight had surrounded himself with so many african americans, friends, writers and the like. African Americans showed trust in Clinton’s campaign three times over Obama.

Americans. I believe as any politico does it, the word is “repeal” but the true action is “remake” so it will show credit to the new enactors.

Like Obama and past presidents, on the first days after being sworn as president, you start implementing the programs you promised during the campaign, the other party pushes back very hard. Over the years, the reality on the administration, the US Congress and the other parties pushing back causes a lot of consternation and drama in Washington as David Remnick wrote in the book. As people say, “This is the same mess traditional of Washington politics”.

I ended the blog this way in reference to newly elected President Donald Trump’s swearing to become the 45th American President in January 20, 2017. The promises on the campaign, the repealing of signature policies, enactment of new policies as well as the traditional scenarios and politics in Washington. It is too early to judge an incoming administration but it is also fair to say both an advantage and disadvantage for a non traditional politician and businessman to succeed the presidency of the United States.

In God We Trust, God Bless America.

Alex Esguerra

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