August 27, 2009
Posted: 11:46 AM ET
President Barack Obama may not be doing a great job selling Americans on health care reform. But that doesn't mean he's lost the ability to move people to action.
Exhibit A: The president's summer reading list.
When Obama headed to Martha's Vineyard over the weekend, the White House announced that he was hoping to make it through five books during his stay:
George Pelecanos's "The Way Home," Richard Price's "The Lush Life," Tom Friedman's "Hot, Flat and Crowded," David McCullough's "John Adams" and Kent Haruf's "Plainsong."
With Obama's reappointment of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and the passing of Ted Kennedy, Obama may not actually make as big of a dent in those tomes as he'd like (to say nothing of the fact that, at a collective 2,300 pages, Obama would have to pour through 300 pages a day while on vacation). But Americans may pick up the slack for him: Ever since news of Obama's reading picks went public, sales of the books have skyrocketed on Amazon.com.
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