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A photographic celebration of Obama’s warmth and compassion America needs a hug from Obama now more than ever, and this beautiful collection of photographs and quotations showcases President Obama’s wit, grace, wisdom, and warmth. As you pore over these pages, you'll be transported back to an era when leadership and dignity went hand in hand. Alongside touching images of ou A photographic celebration of Obama’s warmth and compassion America needs a hug from Obama now more than ever, and this beautiful collection of photographs and quotations showcases President Obama’s wit, grace, wisdom, and warmth. As you pore over these pages, you'll be transported back to an era when leadership and dignity went hand in hand. Alongside touching images of our 44th president embracing his fellow citizens are some of his most inspirational and timely quotes, such as, “There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America – there’s the United States of America” and “We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”


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A photographic celebration of Obama’s warmth and compassion America needs a hug from Obama now more than ever, and this beautiful collection of photographs and quotations showcases President Obama’s wit, grace, wisdom, and warmth. As you pore over these pages, you'll be transported back to an era when leadership and dignity went hand in hand. Alongside touching images of ou A photographic celebration of Obama’s warmth and compassion America needs a hug from Obama now more than ever, and this beautiful collection of photographs and quotations showcases President Obama’s wit, grace, wisdom, and warmth. As you pore over these pages, you'll be transported back to an era when leadership and dignity went hand in hand. Alongside touching images of our 44th president embracing his fellow citizens are some of his most inspirational and timely quotes, such as, “There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America – there’s the United States of America” and “We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

30 review for Hugs from Obama: A Photographic Look Back at the Warmth and Wisdom of President Barack Obama

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lawrence

    I highly recommend this book to all Americans who loved President Barack Obama. You'll enjoy every page and photos......guaranteed! Our #44 was....GREAT!! I highly recommend this book to all Americans who loved President Barack Obama. You'll enjoy every page and photos......guaranteed! Our #44 was....GREAT!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    LaDonna

    4.4 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫 It has been 617 days since, with heavy hearts, we waved goodbye to the Obama administration and ushered in that of Trump. Six hundred seventeen days of me continuously asking, "When can I get off this merry-go-round?" Six hundred seventeen days when I wonder what has happened to my America. The America shaped and grounded in respect and civility; not in divisiveness and hate. Six hundred seventeen days since I followed the news regularly. Now, I find myself spending my evening 4.4 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫 It has been 617 days since, with heavy hearts, we waved goodbye to the Obama administration and ushered in that of Trump. Six hundred seventeen days of me continuously asking, "When can I get off this merry-go-round?" Six hundred seventeen days when I wonder what has happened to my America. The America shaped and grounded in respect and civility; not in divisiveness and hate. Six hundred seventeen days since I followed the news regularly. Now, I find myself spending my evenings catching up on Spongebob Squarepants. (Please do not judge). Then, my husband brings home this book. Hugs from Obama reminded me of what I have been missing over the past year and a half. In a little over 100 pages, I was transmitted back in time when compassion, civility and humanity were the White House norms. Reading the quotes and seeing the images of Sweeney's work, reminded me of when I was growing up and my parents and grandparents would reminisce about Kennedy and King. Then, like now, seems like a generation ago. Everyone will not be moved by this book, like I have been. I know that. I understand that. There were moments when I found myself tearing up as I looked at some of the pictures and read some of the quotes. But, that's the point. We don't have to agree with each other, on everything. Yet, we can respect the fact that we do have differences. Everything doesn't have to be a fight. That's sooooo exhausting. We don't have to tear down someone else, in order to lift ourselves up. (Okay, I'll put my soapbox away). I'll close with a few quotes found in the book: ...each of us is only here because somebody, somewhere, helped us find our path. Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift. But it's really just a piece of parchment. It has no power on its own. We, the people, give it power--with our participation, and the choices we make. All of us share this world but for a brief moment in time. The question is whether we spend that time focused on what pushes us apart, or whether we commit ourselves to an affort--a sustained effort--to find common ground. I hope you'll take the time to read the remainder for yourselves.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I cried. And cried. Jeez louise I love this man.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This book made me sad not for it's content, but for the difference in our current administration. With Obama, most of the quotes are "we". With the administration following his, it's "me", "mine", and "I". That difference alone explains a lot of sadness going on today. This book made me sad not for it's content, but for the difference in our current administration. With Obama, most of the quotes are "we". With the administration following his, it's "me", "mine", and "I". That difference alone explains a lot of sadness going on today.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    This post isn't what I planned for today, but I received this book in the mail yesterday. It's a quick read. So many of us could use the book M. Sweeney edited, Hugs from Obama: A Photographic Look Back at the Warmth and Wisdom of President Barack Obama. Hugs from Obama is a "photographic tribute to his compassion and warmth". There are pictures of the President with children, hugging John Lewis, meeting with the Dalai Lama, with his family. There are pictures you'll recognize, along with quotes This post isn't what I planned for today, but I received this book in the mail yesterday. It's a quick read. So many of us could use the book M. Sweeney edited, Hugs from Obama: A Photographic Look Back at the Warmth and Wisdom of President Barack Obama. Hugs from Obama is a "photographic tribute to his compassion and warmth". There are pictures of the President with children, hugging John Lewis, meeting with the Dalai Lama, with his family. There are pictures you'll recognize, along with quotes from speeches he made throughout his presidency. The book includes lines from his speeches at conventions, from inaugural addresses, from his farewell address. The chapter titles emphasize the tone of the book; "Embracing a Legacy", "Leadership", "Unity", "Hope and Change", and "Progress". In so many speeches, President Obama touched on the past while emphasizing the present, and, sometimes predicting the future. In fact, he seems to speak to the tone of the country right now. "Disagreement cannot mean dysfunction. It can't degenerate into hatred." There's quite a contrast between the current man in the White House and "President Obama's enduring optimism and heartfelt concern for others". His gift for mourning with others and celebrating the future is evident in all the pictures. There's a warmth and generosity in his smile and words that is lacking right now. Hugs from Obama is a charming gift book. It's a book for all of us who are mourning, or someone who needs a slight push of encouragement to keep going right now. President Obama had thoughtful words for so many situations. But, here are three words to remember in the next several weeks, and to always keep in mind. "Don't boo, VOTE."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ietrio

    You can see the wisdom of Obama in this pictures. If you touch the pages you can feel the warmth. And if you forget to take the medication you might even hear the guy preach.

  7. 5 out of 5

    meghann

    Reading this book was like a hug for my soul. Each image of President Obama is paired with a quote from one of his speeches. Just seeing the pure joy on the faces of those with whom he interacted, comforted, shared a laugh, and of course hugged was like a balm to my soul. It was also a bit of a depressing reminder of how far this country has fallen in the past four years. But I want to believe again that people are generally good, and this book made me have hope. I checked this out from the libr Reading this book was like a hug for my soul. Each image of President Obama is paired with a quote from one of his speeches. Just seeing the pure joy on the faces of those with whom he interacted, comforted, shared a laugh, and of course hugged was like a balm to my soul. It was also a bit of a depressing reminder of how far this country has fallen in the past four years. But I want to believe again that people are generally good, and this book made me have hope. I checked this out from the library, but I definitely want to get a copy that I can pull out when everything sucks and I feel like I just hate the world.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This seemed like a good way to spend part of my Fourth of July. Tears and an aching heart as I miss all that this man stood for and stands for. An inspirational read. I plan to keep it out as a reminder of what we can do if we work together and believe: “love of country, justice for ALL, and hope for the future.”

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kait McNamee

    We all need a hug from Obama right now. We really, really do. This coffee-table book is simply Obama quotes + pictures of him hugging people (and animals). At this point in 2019, this book is a single beacon of light in the sea of horror that has become the day-to-day political reality of America.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Susan Johnson

    Beautiful and inspirational. This is a must-have for any believer in hope.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Dang. I miss this guy. I long for his message of unity and hope. His compassion and inspiration. Our current leader spreads hate, division, and lies. We need to rise above and continue the journey Obama inspired us to travel.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Review forthcoming.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Santhi

    Enjoyed the variety

  14. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    As more and more Obama-related books get added to my shelves, I feel like I'm accidentally becoming a connoisseur - where I'm able to recommend certain picture anthologies over others, that seems a little far in. This was a nice photo collection with inspirational quotes from Obama, and I feel like it might have impacted me more had I not already read Obama: An Intimate Portrait, which collected Pete Souza's photographs along with his contextual descriptions. The latter work was much more compreh As more and more Obama-related books get added to my shelves, I feel like I'm accidentally becoming a connoisseur - where I'm able to recommend certain picture anthologies over others, that seems a little far in. This was a nice photo collection with inspirational quotes from Obama, and I feel like it might have impacted me more had I not already read Obama: An Intimate Portrait, which collected Pete Souza's photographs along with his contextual descriptions. The latter work was much more comprehensive and meaningful, whereas this work paired random pictures with quotes from his administration. It was still heart-warming, but in the same slapped-together way that most collections of quotes are. So if you're a huge Obama fan or looking for a pick-me-up, sure, but this isn't really anything that we haven't seen before.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Miss Ryoko

    Won't lie, totally cried reading this. I will never ever understand how we went from a country who elected this beautiful human being to electing the biggest pile of garbage in the country. The faces of these people with Obama in these pictures speaks volumes to who he was as a person and as a president. To have such a hate filled, pathological lying facist pig as president now is truly disgusting and heartbreaking. I have to read these books to remind myself that it wasn't always like this and Won't lie, totally cried reading this. I will never ever understand how we went from a country who elected this beautiful human being to electing the biggest pile of garbage in the country. The faces of these people with Obama in these pictures speaks volumes to who he was as a person and as a president. To have such a hate filled, pathological lying facist pig as president now is truly disgusting and heartbreaking. I have to read these books to remind myself that it wasn't always like this and it doesn't have to be anymore. We WILL resist and we WILL beat that POS who has the audacity to call himself President We love you President Obama and miss you immensely every single day

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    This collection of photos of Barack Obama portrays his personal encounters with people of all ages, races, notable leaders and unknown citizens. Each photo is faced with examples of the wise words he used to inspire leadership, unity, hope, change and progress. We see laughter, compassion, sympathy, and love which he imparts equally to anyone he meets. Barack Obama was a President for all the Americans, because he made an effort to listen to people from every walk of life. Particularly, I loved This collection of photos of Barack Obama portrays his personal encounters with people of all ages, races, notable leaders and unknown citizens. Each photo is faced with examples of the wise words he used to inspire leadership, unity, hope, change and progress. We see laughter, compassion, sympathy, and love which he imparts equally to anyone he meets. Barack Obama was a President for all the Americans, because he made an effort to listen to people from every walk of life. Particularly, I loved the photos of his encounters with children and senior citizens.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Don Heiman

    The book “Hugs From Obama” is a photographic remembrance that captures the President’s inspiration through an embrace of pictures and textual HIGHLIGHTS. The book was edited by M. Sweeney, and published by Castle Point in 2018 under a St. Martin’s Press copy-write. I read ‘Hugs’ while listening to classical harp music in the stillness of my family room. It is an incredible book; and a reading-listening experience I will long remember and cherish. (P)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sherrie

    This book was a gift from a dear friend and it made my heart soar when I opened the box. Filled with pictures from Barack Obama’s presidency as well as inspirational quotes from some of his speeches it provided me my own literary hug from the former president. This is a book I will reread in the future especially when I need a lift in my mood or a bit of encouragement.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Something I noticed about all these photos is that everyone is happy to see him, happy to have the opportunity to give him a hug, happy to just be in the same room as him. The quotes in the book are all about hope, love, and unity. Lifting each other up instead of putting each other down. What an amazing man. I’d love to meet him one day. #ThanksObama

  20. 4 out of 5

    Craig Stoll

    A wonderful testimony to a great leader. To read through these quotes by President Obama in early 2019, his time in office feels like a million years ago. We clearly live in a different world now. This was a very nice pick me up.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    A lovely little “coffee table” book with photos of President Obama hugging and being hugged, accompanied by quotes from his speeches. A friend gave it to me 2018, in the midst of the ultimate negativity of the trump years. Just what I needed.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Great pictures and quotes, but let's face it -- either you're going to love this and "get" this, or you'll hate it, and you know where you fall. :) Great pictures and quotes, but let's face it -- either you're going to love this and "get" this, or you'll hate it, and you know where you fall. :)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Winnie

    Loved the quotes from Obama and the pictures. Bought the book for a gift for a friend.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Patb

    Wonderful photographs capturing Obama caring for the people around him along with intelligent quotes from his speeches. I miss the civility he brought to the White House.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Misty Kinczkowski

    I miss having a compassionate, competent Commander in Chief!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sally Ann

    So sweet, inspiring, and full of hope.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Be

    Exactly what our country needs.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Lombard

    Beautiful!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ari

    The much needed reminder that I needed. Empathy, wisdom, and kindness.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    The very definition of inspirational (gods how I miss him)

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