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Barack Obama, Author for Children

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Can you make this stuff up? Apparently, BHO will release his book for the little ones after the election.

Now I’ve read the article. I see that he supposedly wrote this book before the inauguration, and that the deal came way back in 2004. Indeed, since Random House did not publish Obama’s second book (2006 anyway) this $1.9mm deal apparently was based on the success of Obama’s first book (probably written by Bill Ayers) and his speech at the 2004 DNC. In all honesty, if I was a publishing exec, I probably would have bet on this horse for that kind of money.

That having been said, have we ever had any president like this? I mean, I called him the lightest of the lightweights. Now, while I was wrong about his electability – I completely underestimated the electorate – I was not wrong about his lightweight status. If one needs any confirmation, he has now published a children’s book while in office. At a time, I might add, when this nation is beset by terrorism, economic turmoil, enemies like Iran developing nuclear weapons, rivals like China controlling our debt and developing carrier-killing missiles, borders with our neighbors resembling the loser towel in the Bounty challenge, and not least, our troops in the field and in harm’s way.

At this time, the President of the United States is about to publish a children’s book.


All this is even accepting at face value Random House’s assertion that both contract and writing took place before the inauguration. Okay. I guess the illustrations did take a long time. Certainly longer than most books take to be published – even those absent a presidential author.

In the end it’s all probably how Random House says. But I really have to question the symbolism, not to mention precedent, of a president of the United States publishing a book during his term, and in this genre.



Written by martinipundit

September 16, 2010 at 12:15 am

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  1. Well, what was he supposed to do on vacation? You can’t play golf 24 hours a day you know. While he might be working on the “walking on water” routine, keeping the sun up for the golf might tax his abilities. Maybe he will say the sun “acted stupidly”?


    September 16, 2010 at 2:35 pm

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