Former President Barrack Obama is a true role model. He is a loving husband and father. He enjoys continuing to learn and grow. And, he especially loves to read. During his presidency, he often promoted the importance of reading to students, and would actually take some of his precious time to read to them.
In an interview with the New York Times just days before he stepped down from office, President Obama made it clear that “books were a sustaining source of ideas and inspiration, and gave him a renewed appreciation for the complexities and ambiguities of the human condition.” He especially found enlightening and helpful books by such great men as Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. In fact, he told the reporter that he would often leave his office so that he could read.
Not only is he a reader, but he is also a well-known author. His love of books led him to write in order to encourage others. I truly hope that he continues to promote literacy, especially among our African American and Hispanic young men. If President Obama loves to read, it should be cool for young men to read too. What an impactful message he sends!
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