In my former life as a high school debater, I once faced a guy who kept accusing me of possessing “audacious audacity” to forward some argument (presumably meaning the words in the pejorative sense). I’ve long since forgot the matter in dispute — but not the ridiculous word choice! — and so it was hard for me to take Barack Obama’s book seriously. “The Audacious Audacity of Hope! Who says that!?” Since that’s the only reaction my mind is now able to have.
However, I was just gifted the book, and now it’s sitting on my coffee table, accusingly. It is a book — and I like books — and it is Important — hence obligation — but…it’s a campaign book! The equivalent of a 2-week infomercial (given my speed). If I’m going to expend the effort required to read non-fiction, shouldn’t it be good?
Well, apparently it is good, so that simplifies matters.