Fans have praised Barack Obama after he decided to crash a zoom call of a book club that was coincidentally reading A Promised Land...
Imagine you're in the middle of reading Barack Obama's latest memoir and the author himself makes a surprise appearance?
Well, one club was in for the biggest surprise of their lives when the former president crashed their zoom call.
You're going to want to see this one, ladies and gentlemen. Keep scrolling for the full video...
Now, as you will all know, Obama was one of our country's most beloved presidents.
He served 2 terms as president...
via: GettyThe Illinois Democrat had started his career in politics as a senate who focused on the legislation on ethics, as well as the expansion of health care services and early childhood education programs for the poor.
And he carried these values throughout his presidency...
via: GettyObama cut taxes for working families, small businesses, and first-time home buyers, and he stuck to his promise of tackling financial reform, alternative energy, and reinventing education and health care.
Obama became the president of the people...
So, quite understandably...
Obama fans far and wide were devastated when he was eventually replaced by Donald Trump, in 2017.
But, despite his presidency ending nearly 4 years ago...
via: GettyObama has remained very much in the public eye and has continued to travel the world and deliver speeches on the causes that are most important to him.
He was very present throughout the 2020 election campaigns...
via: GettyWhere he attended many public events to endorse his former running-mate and long-term friend, Joe Biden.
But, in more recent news...
via: GettyObama has released yet another book.
The former POTUS already has a number of books under his belt...
He isn't the only best-selling writer in the Obama family, however.
Former first lady Michelle Obama's 2018 memoir Becoming sold 725,000 copies on its first day and more than 1.4 million copies in its first week of release, becoming one of the fastest-selling nonfiction books in history.
But, in today's political climate, Barack's latest book has been more anticipated than the rest...
Because, even on its debut day, hundreds of thousands of people scrambled to get their hands on a copy.
A Promised Land hit shelves on November 18th, last year.
via: GettyThe book, which is the first in a series of political memoirs, charts Obama's path to the White House up to 2011, and documents the lead up to the killing of Osama bin Laden.
In it, the fifty-nine-year-old also reflects on his legacy...
via: GettyAs well as the space between his presidential ambitions and the political reality of a Republican-controlled House and Senate that hampered him.
He also delves deeper into how politics affected his personal life...
Including the impact it had on the people around him.
On the reasons behind writing the book, he said this:
The reviews were quick to trickle in...
I have had no appetite for political books this year but this new @BarackObama book is absolutely riveting.— Brian Schatz (@Brian Schatz)1605793785.0
And it seems that people are absolutely loving his book.
It is set to be the best-selling presidential memoir in modern history.
The book sold over 887,000 copies on its first day in the US and Canada.
“We are thrilled with the first day sales," said David Drake, publisher of the Penguin Random House imprint Crown. “They reflect the widespread excitement that readers have for President Obama's highly anticipated and extraordinarily written book."
That's one more best-seller to add to Obama's already-lengthy list...
Is there anything this man can't do?
And things just keep on getting better...
Recently, the former POTUS decided he wanted to surprise some of his biggest fans, by randomly crashing their book club zoom meeting, in which they were coincidentally reading his latest memoir.
And we just can't get over it...
He joined the MahoganyBooks and Very Smart Brothas Book Club's virtual meeting on January 26th.
Upon revealing himself as the special guest, he said this: "So, they had scheduled somebody else, but they couldn't make it, so I had to fill in."
"I wanted to come on here because I thought, well, let's see if we can find a way to support our outstanding African-American independent bookstores."
He also threw in some jokes...
"I also just wanted to see who the brothers were who named themselves, 'The Very Smart Brothas Book Club.'"
Throughout the meeting, Obama answered questions and discussed several topics.
One included how he managed to retain his optimism in a world that seems to be brimming with negativity right now.
And yet again, the former president had the perfect answer.
"I tend to take the long view on things and not the short term," he said. "The trick is to be able to have that kind of that long-term perspective but still feel the urgency of now as Dr. King wrote about. Still feel as if, yes, we made some progress, but man, what's going on now is crazy and we have to do something about it."
He then discussed the issue of social justice and equality.
"When you see a George Floyd or an Eric Garner [who were killed in police custody], that's terrible. That should make you angry. You can't just kind of say, 'Well, it'll take time.' You have to feel pressed now and angry now or sad now, right?"
"Trying to keep those 2 things in mind at the same time I think is the biggest trick to not just being president but just being a functioning black person in America."
The advice was very well received by the members.
Then the call took a more light-hearted turn as he was asked about his wife's outfit on inauguration day.
We all know Michelle Obama stole the spotlight at the event, but what did her husband think of her bold choice?
"I don't know what it is about y'all, with Michelle and her belts..."
"I asked Michelle about it at dinner the other night. I said, 'Listen baby, you are gorgeous. You know, I understand completely why you are a fashion icon.' But, I said, 'Was your hair different? 'Cause, it didn't look that different.'"
But he admitted he doesn't really have the answer to the question but he does know one thing:
"She looks good and looks better than me, I understand that."
Good answer, Mr. Obama.
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