Monday, May 14, 2018

Political Leaders and the American Dream

U.S. President Barack Obama's
 official photograph in the 
Oval Office  on 6 December 2012
Scholars have explored the American Dream theme in the careers of numerous political leaders, including Henry Kissinger, Hillary Clinton, Benjamin Franklin, and Abraham Lincoln.

The theme has been used for many local leaders as well, such as José Antonio Navarro, the Tejano leader (1795–1871), who served in the legislatures of Coahuila y Texas, the Republic of Texas, and the State of Texas.

In 2006 U.S. Senator Barack Obama wrote a memoir, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. It was this interpretation of the American Dream for a young black man that helped establish his statewide and national reputations.

The exact meaning of the Dream became for at least one commentator a partisan political issue in the 2008 and 2012 elections.