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A Promised Land, 2020

A Promised Land, by Barack Obama, published on November 17, 2020. At this writing, the Amazon has 91,405 ratings of which 93% gave it five stars. The 1% rating at 1 star range from ‘boring’, ‘fiction’ to ‘narcissism’.

A few take aways:

170  For all of Palin’s performative gifts, a vice president’s most important qualification was the ability, if necessary, to assume the presidency. Given John’s age and history of melanoma, this wasn’t an idle concern.

This book was published after Joe Biden has picked Kamala Harris as his running mate. John McCain was 72 at the time, and Joe Biden was 78.

对于佩林的所有表演天赋,副总统最重要的资格是在必要时担任总统职务的能力. 考虑到约翰的年龄和黑色素瘤的历史,这并不是一个无聊的问题. …

这本书是在拜登选择卡玛拉·哈里斯作为竞选伙伴之后出版的. 当时, 约翰·麦凯恩72岁, 拜登78岁.

Chapter 19 is all about Russia. Obama didn’t fail to mention the half naked photo on horse.

At his first meeting with Putin, Obama’s Russia affair assistant suggested to give Putin some time to clear his chest. Obama obliged. How long did Putin need to air his grievances?

45 minutes. Robert Gates told same story.

Obama, “Putin’s problem is, Russia is no longer great …” Has Russia ever been great? They were mere nuclear power once.

And Chapter 20 is all about China.

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