Perspective on Obama from Jon Meacham

JonMeachamHeadShot In theology and philosophy Obama mentioned Nietzsche, Niebuhr and Tillich — writers consistent with his acknowledgment that while life is bleak, it is not hopeless.

  • Jon Meacham, from a New York Times essay on the favorite books on Barack Obama and John McCain

Jon Meacham, the Editor of Newsweek, is one of my favorite modern thinkers. Here is an extract from Wikipedia (with parts in bold to associations that in small ways I share):

Meacham is the author of Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, a chronicle of the wartime relationship between Roosevelt and Churchill, and American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation, a historical portrait of the spiritual foundation of America.

He edited Voices in Our Blood: America’s Best on the Civil Rights Movement, a collection of distinguished nonfiction about the mid-century struggle against Jim Crow. Meacham is currently working on a biography of Andrew Jackson and his White House circle.

Meacham is co-moderator with Sally Quinn of On Faith, a conversation on religion offered by Newsweek and The Washington Post. He is a leading commentator on the role of faith in America, appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press and the Washington Post Op-Ed page among other venues. Meacham also frequently appears on MSNBC, NBC News, and Imus in the Morning as a political analyst.

A contributing editor of The Washington Monthly, Meacham is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a communicant of St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, where he serves on the Vestry of the 180 year-old Episcopal parish. He is also a member of the Board of Regents of University of the South, the Vestry of Trinity Church Wall Street, the Leadership Council of the Harvard Divinity School, and the National Advisory Group of Washington National Cathedral. He received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University in 2005 and another from Loyola College in Maryland in 2007.

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