Washington, United States:
Former President Barack Obama says in his upcoming book that the divisions in America “run deep” and that Donald Trump’s departure from the White House will not be enough to bridge the gap.
In an excerpt from “A Promised Land,” which goes on sale Tuesday, Obama reflects on the four years since he left office.
“Our democracy seems to be on the verge of a crisis – a crisis based on a fundamental competition between two opposing visions of what America is and what it should be,” said Obama in the excerpt published on Thursday in the Atlantic.
The crisis “has politically divided the body, made it angry and suspicious,” he said.
It also “enabled a persistent breach of institutional norms, procedural guarantees and the observance of fundamental facts that both Republicans and Democrats once took for granted.”
Obama said he was “encouraged” by the electoral victory of former Vice President Joe Biden and fellow campaigner Kamala Harris, as well as their “character and ability to do the right thing”.
“But I also know that no single election will settle the matter,” said Obama. “Our departments are deeply rooted. Our challenges are enormous.”
“If I continue to have hope for the future, it is in large part because I have learned to trust my fellow citizens, especially those of the next generation,” he said.
“My book is for these young people – an invitation to reshape the world all over again and, through hard work, determination and a large portion of imagination, to bring about an America that will finally connect with everything that is best in us.” “Obama said.
In the 768-page first volume of his memoirs, the 44th US President reveals that he is writing longhand with a pen on a yellow pad instead of a computer and that he admits that he cannot be precise.
He talks about trying “to find a discreet place to smoke in the evening” while he was at the White House and how “physically and emotionally drained” he and his wife Michelle Obama were when they left the White House in January 2017 .
“For a month Michelle and I slept long, had a leisurely dinner, took long walks, swam in the sea, took stock, replenished our friendship, rediscovered our love and planned a less eventful, but hopefully no less satisfying second act.” he said.