A short while after Barack Obama was elected to his first term, I couldn't help but feel the country --- the media, celebrities, big business and pretty much anyone with nothing more than an 8th grade education--- had fallen under the spell of a cultist. To them, nothing he did or said was wrong. After reading this, my long held beliefs are confirmed.
After participating in a morning yoga and meditation session to begin the day, attendees were offered the opportunity to attend break out sessions with titles such as “The Adventure of Civility” and “Who Narrates the World?.” In one such session participants were encouraged to write down what they were hopeful for on a chalk board. Answers included “we speak better and listen,” “Americans will see each other,” “my nephews can escape toxic masculinity,” according to Politico.
After the therapeutic exercises, author Anand Giridharadas regaled the crowd with an opening speech, in which he asked pressing questions such as “Is there space among the woke for the still-waking?” and spoke of the “magic” of connectivity.
The upbeat two-day event included no discussion of contemporary political issues and attendees invoked the phrase “the President” to refer to former President Barack Obama. The mission of the broader Obama Foundation remains somewhat obscure, and the opening summit included little in the way of concrete details. Rather, Obama told the crowd that he saw the summit as a “big brainstorming session.”