Barack Obama, The Aloha Zen President: How a Son of the 50th by Michael Haas

By Michael Haas

With a foreword written via former presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, this publication portrays President Barack Obama as a real baby of Hawai‘i and explains why he believes that the USA can in achieving much more greatness through studying from the multicultural customs of the fiftieth state.

• offers connections among prices from President Barack Obama to his philosophy and temperament in the course of the book

• offers a finished examine the multiculturalism of Hawai‘i and ties those features to Obama's profession and political decision-making

• contains a reprint of the textual content of the Aloha Spirit legislation, which publications governmental judgements in Hawai‘i with the strength of law

• Identifies how Obama's presidency is not like the other because of his multicultural studies as a baby of Hawai‘i, and why he's pressured to carry his humanity, idealism, and powerful trust in American values to the full country

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After flirting with fellow student Kelli Furushima, he wrote her a love note upon graduation in 1979, but he never dated her. Nevertheless, she felt that he was “more sensitive than the other guys” (Nichols 2007). His Black friends had more modest means, as did his grandparents. His grandmother worked her way up from cashier to a position as Vice President of Bank of Hawaii. Gramps managed Pratt Furniture Store when he moved to Honolulu. When that closed down, he tried to sell insurance, but as a relative newcomer to the Islands, he lacked the connections to be successful.

The term arose elsewhere in response to a continuing effort to describe (and prescribe) models of ethnic and race relations beyond the doctrine of assimilationism, which in the United States demands conformity to cultural traditions brought from England. The concept of the melting pot as a fusion (amalgamation) of separate cultures and nationalities was promoted by French-American farmer Michel Guillaume Jean de Crèvecœur (1782), historian Frederick Jackson Turner (1893), and philosopher Henry James (1907).

The main premise of the counterattack was that the United States was basically a product of Western civilization, so any attempt to divert attention from that foundation imperiled national unity and undermined fundamental values. For the critics, multiculturalism had gone too far (Glazer 1975; Schlesinger 1991). One value presumably endangered by multiculturalism was said to be respect for competence. Some beneficiaries of affirmative action, notably minority students at leading universities, were teased that they were admitted merely because of their ethnicity, not for their qualifications, as Barack Obama discovered at Harvard (Remnick 2010:187).

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