OBAMA AT HEART FROM EVEN BEFORE 2008
I was asked to review Connie
Corcoran Wilson’s first volume of her OBAMA’S ODYSSEY. I accepted because it
was vastly entering my field of competence and my practice as a university
professor teaching US
politics, culture and history along with the English language.
This essay will provide the
readers with three reviews of books first.
from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, by Barack Hussein Obama;
Of Thee I
Sing: A Letter to My Daughters, by Barack Hussein Obama
Nairobi To Shenzhen: A Novel of Love in the East
byMark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo
Then I included my presentation
of November 2009 in
later published in Paris:
BARACK OBAMA’S VIRTUAL STYLE IN HIS INTERNET MESSAGES TO HIS SUPPORTERS (11/05
– 02/02) by Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne.
You will then finally find my
review of Connie Corcoran Wilson’s book: OBAMA’S
ODYSSEY: The 2008 Race for the White House, 2015. You can of jump to it
directly, page 27.
The whole collection of articles,
presentation and reviews is built along a discourse on history and what a
historian can say about a present situation he or she is involved in. I also
assess the campaign of Donald Trump so far by the date of March 16, 2016.
That sets Connie Corcoran
Wilson’s book in perspective: it is a blog written and published on Yahoo in
2008 but republished in 2016
in a situation where Hillary Clinton severely rejected
in 2008 is now the front running candidate of the Democratic Party with the
full support of President Barack Obama whose State Secretary she was from 2008
This 2008 rejection is typical of
a blog but the reuse of this blog 12 years later is hardly hiding an
ideological stance against the establishment of the Democratic Party, no matter
what it may stand for in 2016.
It may also appear as support for
the contending candidate against Hillary Clinton in the primaries, but it may
also turn out to be objective support for the contending candidate of Hillary
Clinton in the presidential election itself. Let’s say that the rather
sectarian rejection of Clinton’s
attitude at the time of the Lewinsky shady business because she did not asked
for divorce is of the same level as the barking Clinton Donald Trump depicts in
his March 16 hostile TV ad.
Enjoy the debate and the
confrontation of ideas, knowing that if there is no truth in history but only
points of view, there is no truth in real life but ideological and political
competition that may turn sour at times with the bigotry of some actors.
Constitutional Law, Constitutional
Theory, Barack Obama, Obama, Hillary Clinton, US constitution, Michelle Obama, U.S.
presidential primaries and elections, President Bill
Clinton, and Donald Trump
This research is based on a long experience of the USA,
directly in many states and indirectly in my teaching. In 2008 onward the role
of Barack Obama in the USA
opened a lot of eyes in Europe on the
constitutional reality of a country that has had only one constitution in spite
of all events, dramas and
The role of the Blacks, Afro-Americans if you prefer, was
and has been essential in US
history though over dramatic. I have spent a lot of research and teaching time
on PTSS, Slavery or Slave, and on the way American Indians have managed to
recuperate their own essence.
I wrote and published a lot in the last few years on
decolonialization in America,
USA and Mexico, on post-colonial studies
(recently James Baldwin and Marcus Garvey) and on theater (both Black and
Indian, including Chicano/a).
When Connie Corcoran Wilson asked me to review the first
volume of her "Obama's Odissey" I accepted at once and found quite a
lot of pleasure - and surprises - in doing so.
This research needs a lot of discussing, debating and
even maybe rebutting. All opinions are thus welcome. Please read the Abstract
that is not included in the paper itself.