"Rising Star" is exhaustive, but only occasionally exhausting. Garrow zooms his lens out far, for instance when he recounts the evisceration of Chicago's steel industry in the early 1980s, providing useful context for Obama's subsequent work. And he goes deliciously small-bore, too, delving into the culture of the Illinois statehouse, where poker was intense and infidelity was rampant. "There's a lot of people who f--ed in Springfield," a female lobbyist tells Garrow. "What else is there to do?" Obama, however, did not. "Michelle would kick my butt," he told a colleague there. At times Garrow delivers information simply because he has it; I did not need a detailed readout of all of Obama's course evaluations from his years teaching at the University of Chicago's law school. (Turns out his students liked him.)
The presidency of Barack Obama has been characterized by a series and a sequence of wins as well as losses. In his first two years in office, President Barack Obama managed to pass quite a number of legislations successfully which included the healthcare bill. The bill was aimed at ensuring substantial coverage, which provided affordable healthcare services without any discrimination among the citizens of the United States. Moreover, Obama’s presidency is also signified by outstanding victories or wins such as the 787 billion dollars Stimulus Bill. This bill was passed merely one month after Barack Obama assumed the office after succeeding George Bush. The stimulus bill reconstructed the falling economy through reforming the financial policies. Furthermore, Obama’s presidency is characterized by losses such as the unemployment rates in the United States still remain to be a major alarming issue. This has greatly reduced Obama’s presidency popularity among the citizens as evident in a recent research which states that his popularity fell from 70% to 50%.