Day: January 20, 2017

Thank You, President Obama

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My sentiments exactly.

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President Barack Obama is photographed during a presidential portrait sitting for an official photo in the Oval Office, Dec. 6, 2012.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

“Before I leave my note for our 45th president, I wanted to say one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th.  Because all that I’ve learned in my time in office, I’ve learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.”

President Barack Obama, January 19, 2017

President Obama, today you officially leave the White House and reenter life as a (somewhat) private citizen.  After an incredible, yet curious, eight years, you leave a unique legacy to a nation that challenged you both professionally and personally.  From my vantage point as an average citizen, I feel you did as best you could do.

First, you took on the most difficult job anyone could have: proverbial leader of the “Free World.”  It’s a position riddled with dichotomies: intensely powerful and emotionally draining; prestigious and notorious…

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Review of ‘Night School’

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Night School by Lee Child is the 21st book in the Jack Reacher series, but it is takes us back to Reacher’s early years when he’s still a major in the army MP Corps.

One morning he’s given a medal for the successful conclusion of a big mission, and that afternoon he’s assigned to a training course; a vague course in an isolated location just outside Washington, DC. The class has only two other students, an FBI agent and a CIA analyst, both of whom, like Reacher, have just successfully finished big cases. They soon learn, though, that this ‘is not a school.’

Washington has received information that a Jihadist cell in Hamburg, Germany received a strange note: ‘The American wants a hundred million dollars.’ Who the American is, and what he is offering for such a sum is unknown, but the fear is that it means a massive terror attack. The three are assigned to find the American, learn the potential target, and put a stop to whatever is planned.

Fans of Jack Reacher will love this story. It’s classic Reacher, a man of few words, but lots of action, who thinks and acts outside the box to get the job done. The action is nonstop, and in true Jack Reacher form, often bloody. This one is a prime candidate for a movie.

I received this book as a gift.

A great five-star read.