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Obama buys books for the girls

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

While in Iowa today, President Obama went book-shopping:

“Well, this used to be my favorite place,” Obama told the owner of Prairie Lights, an independent downtown bookstore, as she showed him around. He had mentioned the shop in his speech, noting that it has been offering health-insurance benefits to full-time employees for the last 20 years, only to see premiums shoot up 35 percent last year, making it harder to afford the same coverage.

Obama walked around the store in search of the children’s/young adult section. Along the way he picked up “No Apology” by former GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney and “Courage and Consequence” by former Bush administration senior adviser Karl Rove.

“What do you think, guys?” Obama asked pool reporters, holding up a hardcover copy of each book before setting them back down.

On the same row was the book “Inside Obama’s Brain,” which press secretary Robert Gibbs remarked on as he walked by. Obama headed upstairs, then came back down.

A few minutes later, he stepped up to the cash register with two books for his daughters — “Journey to the River Sea” by Eva Ibbotson and “The Secret of Zoom” by Lynne Jonell — and pulled out a wad of cash. He also bought a book for Gibbs, who was holding a large Star Wars pop-up book for his 6-year-old son, Ethan.

Obama being Obama, of course, means that the books he chose are probably going to be over-analyzed. I’m fascinated by the choices myself and will probably at least look at them in the library. There’s serious star power and cachet in any President’s reading material – remember George Bush famously carrying a copy of Bias around? – but Obama has that added celebrity mystique which pretty much guarantees obsessive interest. The fact that these are books for his kids only amplifies it. Anyone doubt that all the books mentioned above will see a huge spike in sales tomorrow?

Incidentally, I found this part funny:

On his way out, Obama showed his purchases to pool reporters. The books for his daughters, Sasha and Malia, were “based on recommendations,” he explained. “Of course, the question is how they take to them, but I think they’re going to like them,” he said.

“Nothing for Mrs. Obama?” Bloomberg’s Ed Chen asked.

Obama paused to think for a second. “Thanks for getting me in trouble,” he replied.

Awesome. Obama wins on health reform, student loans, signs a nuclear treaty with Russia, and makes a secret trip to Afghanistan, defeating political and opponents left and right. And now – how the mighty have fallen!



  • RM

    It doesn’t matter what Obama buys, or who he charms. There’s not a lot he can do to make up for the marxist devastation he’s wreaking on our country. Worst president since Jimma Carter. Thank the Universe there are those waiting in the wings who are smarter and more experienced, if not as charming, and who can reverse the damage. Grateful that every so many years we have the ability to try something new, and find out it doesn’t work. Obama it the thing that is not working.

  • Henrietta22

    As Yakov says in his acts, America is a great country! Most of us voted for President Obama or he wouldn’t be our President. We all have different opinions, always have, but lately with the net we hear some really unusual ones. Like marxist devastation? What is that? Jimma, really Jimmy, Carter was a very nice President, and he still is in retirement. Yes, I’ll agree that it is great that we have the ability to vote a new leader in every four years, but if this one keeps going as he is he’ll win again hands down!

  • http://www.TriangleofTruth.com Lisa Earle McLeod

    Geeze, the guy is a father with a big high pressure job who took the time to buy books for his daughters.
    Whether you agree or disagree with a President’s policies, I would hope that we would all be please to have a President who reads, and who read as a child and wants to pass that gift on to his own children.

  • Your Name

    It is questionable whether Obama will be President again…recent polls indicate a lot of unhappiness with him. He only received 55% of the vote…not like he had a landslide or anything. Considering most polls indicated the majority of Americans opposed his Health Care Plan…one wonders if he really won on that? He continues to put us in debt to the Chinese and has mortgaged future generations (my children) like no other President in the past. He has done nothing about Iran worth doing.
    There are a lot of ways to destroy a society…one doesn’t necessarily need to fly jet aircraft into a building. Debt destroys societies throughout history. So does taxing out of existence those who create jobs. He has done nada to stop the flow of jobs out of our country. I think I made a mistake voting for him, our first mixed race (like my sons)President. His lack of experience is starting to show. I hate to say it but I wished I voted the other way …all he is doing is spending money we do not have….like most Americans.

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