August 27, 2009

Obama Is The New Oprah (At Least in Book Sales)

Posted: 11:46 AM ET

By Patrick Gavin via Politico

art_oprah_obama_cnnPresident 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


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Tereka   August 27th, 2009 1:22 pm ET

President Barack Obama is the BEST he is really trying too get this health care reform on track. We should all support him 100% because he is trying to clean up the mess that BUSH left behind. Nobody should say anything bad about becuase he just got into office!

eJay   August 27th, 2009 1:33 pm ET

My suggestion is that he write a book on the evil pratices of private healthcare.

Anne   August 27th, 2009 4:46 pm ET

Obama is way superior to Oprah because he publicly expressed his respect for Michael Jackson after his death. Oprah kept silent.

Mike Armstrong TX.   August 27th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Almost like Opra she paid more of the bill when she gave away cars.

Ada -Mount Pocono Pa   August 27th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

They are both great people who are trying to make a better world for ALL of us.

Carol   August 27th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I could not have said better Anne, Oprah has kept silent about Michael Jackson since the allegations first is obvious she believed them because she never mentioned him not interviewed him since 93.Whatever happened to PROVEN INNOCENT IN THE COURT OF LAW Oprah...pfft have lost all respect for her....

idzan ismail of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   August 27th, 2009 11:33 pm ET

I am buying all the books the President is reading.

Terry, TX   August 27th, 2009 11:55 pm ET

He really should read "Common Sense"'s a best seller....not all that fluff....

Lourdes B. A   August 28th, 2009 5:17 am ET

American think health care is like the parking spot in their block. Even if there is space for two cars, they put theirs in the middle, no consideration for the next person. It is like I have insurance, I don't care if nobody else does. Hey I have news for you, some disease are contagious (but preventable!). The kid whose parent cannot afford healthcare may be sitting next to yours in the classroom. WATCH OUT !

cherubijne, Netherlands   August 28th, 2009 5:36 am ET

I had a lot of respect for many years for Ophray with her shows (and many other things she did) here in The Netherlands but now
I have lost all respect for her either, in this situation she can be wiser... I will never see any show of Oprah again, sorry.
Some things in life had my heart broken and this is one...

'Some things in life they just don't wanna see'


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