Audacity is defined as:
“Bold or insolent heedlessness of restraints, as of those imposed by prudence, propriety, or convention. An act or instance of intrepidity or insolent heedlessness.”
Synonyms: nerve, boldness, recklessness, rashness, intrepidity, dauntless, cheek, gall, presumption, chutzpah, impudence, effrontery
Can you use it in a sentence?
Some note the audacity of Barack Obama having written two autobiographies before he had really accomplished anything.
Can you give me an example?
Barack Obama writing TWO autobiographies before he had accomplished anything more than being elected to public office.
If that was not enough, our President signed a new book deal just five days before he was inaugurated. Our friends at I Hate The Media had the story, but you probably did not read about it anywhere else. Obama took a $500,000 advance to adapt one of his books for middle school children. Look for this book to be required reading for all middle school children soon.
Politicians taking money from publishers used to be frowned upon. You may remember the uproar when Speaker Newt Gingrich was excoriated in the press when he considered taking an advance for a book deal. That was over ten years ago and he is a Republican. In the interest of full disclosure, the deal was for a lot more money, but then again, he had accomplished something.
The item that struck, no inspired me to write this post was a book. I was looking through a discount catalog of books and saw a title that caught my eye; Great Speeches of Our Time. That sounded interesting, until I saw the photo of the book cover. The cover featured none other than Barack Obama.
If you consider the truly great speeches of our time and the accomplished people who gave them, President Obama is probably not in the top ten or even in the top 25. I am sure the author is trying to capitalize on our president’s popularity, but that is audacious.
“In the modern world, in which thousands of people are dying every hour as a consequence of politics, no writing anywhere can begin to be credible unless it is informed by political awareness and principles. Writers who have neither product utopian trash.”
President Obama had some other noteworthy audacious moments:
His “presidential” seal (before he was elected):
His creation of the “Office of the President Elect”