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Posted on Nov 16, 2010

The president reportedly wrote “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters” before he was inaugurated. The illustrated children’s book, proceeds of which will benefit the children of wounded and killed soldiers, profiles 13 famous Americans and lands on store shelves Tuesday.

And because nothing this man does can go down without a whine, there is what the Wall Street Journal refers to as “some rumblings,” apparently from the fans of General Custer.  —PZS

Wall Street Journal:

The choice of Sitting Bull has already produced some rumblings since USA Today first wrote about the book over the weekend. The book calls Sitting Bull a man “who healed broken hearts and broken promises. It is fine that we are different, he said.” It notes in the appendix that Sitting Bull “spoke out and led his people against many policies of the United States government. He is most famous for his stunning victory in 1876 over Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer in the Battle of the Little Bighorn.”

The book’s publishers, Alfred A. Knopf, say that the book was written by Mr. Obama before he took office in January 2009, and subsequently illustrated by Loren Long—who happens to draw charming pictures of children with protruding ears. Proceeds from the book are going to a scholarship fund for the children of fallen and disabled soldiers.

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By garth, November 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm Link to this comment

Hey, let’s give up all our freedoms.  However, those are inalienable right.  You maroons.  Even if you try to be a slave, the Constitution says that these rights are endowed.  By your fuckin’ Creator.

But, I see the 4th entry to the Bill of Rights is the latest to go, completely.  I’d like to stop some femme fatale on the street and give her the once over.  I could tell her I’m from the TSA. 

Put images of Sasha, Melisha (or whatever her name is), along with Barack, Michelle, McConnell, Boehner and all the rest.

They don’t go through screening.  They don’t.  You do.  They don’t.

This is what Army General Tommy Franks said in a moment of honesty, “I would not want to be a citizen after this.”

Apparently, a bunch my co-inhabitors of this part of the continent disagree.  Save me from the chance of a bomb.  X-ray me.  I don’t care if the chances of developing a cancer are 100%.  It’s worth it.  I’m safe. And someone from ABC, CBS, or NBC might highlight me on the Nightly News.

You fuckin’ mackerels.  You deserve it.

I don’t give a royal shit about Sasha and Melisha or whatever the hell their names are.

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By garth, November 24, 2010 at 6:04 pm Link to this comment

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Ann’s a wonderful person. Not.

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By garth, November 24, 2010 at 4:46 pm Link to this comment

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Ann’s a wonderful person.

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By Ann, November 23, 2010 at 9:32 pm Link to this comment
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As a children’s librarian, I will be previewing this book with the same open mind that I do all books that are published for children. I like the idea that it is written by our current president for his daughters as well as all children. If this motivates young children to read about America, I think that is a postive. I will not allow my politics to get in the way of my decision to purchase this book. Also, I think that what President Obama is doing with any profits is quite noble. I don’t think we will see him promoting this book on the cable TV.

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By garth, November 18, 2010 at 1:06 pm Link to this comment

My question is, Why won’t Obama release his college transcripts?

All these books are written by ghost writers, and bought-up by the box-load by wealthy friends and foundations.  This one, like Bush’s, will no doubt be a best seller.

And Obama’s first two have been written in Globish, a simplification of English to reach the masses.

During Obama’s candidacy, the local CCTV showed a film of Obama.  He was attending Harvard Law School then, and he was giving some award to one the Law Professors. 

The camera showed the professor for what seemed like a flash.  It was riveted on Obama. 

After hearing him speak and watching him in some unrehearsed, one-on-ones with George Stephanopolous, I am sure the guy’s average intelligence.

I’d like to see him be question by Fareed Zakaria, if Zakaria weren’t in the bag. 

Zakaria made John Woo look like a complete idiot when he interviewed him about the Torture. 
One would walk away from watching that interview thinking Zakaria was the law professor and John Yoo was a low level bureaucrat.


In the meantime, Barky, let’s have a gander at your transcripts?  Especially, the ones at Columbia where you spent so much time alone in your crib, studying.

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By de profundis clamavi, November 18, 2010 at 2:53 am Link to this comment

Obama might as well write children’s books.

Conservative adults would never read his books anyway.

And the progressive adults who used to read his books are tired of getting thrown under the bus so Obama can pose as a post-partisan moderator in American politics. They’re not going to read any new Obama books.

Maybe he can milk the elementary school crowd for a couple of years before they too grow up and see Obama for the empty charlatan that he is.

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By FRTothus, November 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm Link to this comment

How appropriate that this empty suit should write a childrens’ book full of national mythology and fairy-tales.  Who else would believe the lies?

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By rbrooks, November 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm Link to this comment
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This is just gross.

I hope it will be added to the crime sections alongside Decision Points as soon as it comes out. What a crass insult to the men he has sent and will continue to send to die to save Pentagon face, or whatever this miserable murdering coward thinks he is saving.

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By adc14, November 17, 2010 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment

I will not be purchasing this tripe.

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By Lisa G, November 17, 2010 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment
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How does President Obama have time for this?  Even if he wrote it before he took office, maybe that time would have been better spent studying the Afghanistan war so he wouldn’t take months to make a decision, and looking for solutions to our economic crisis. And surely he will spend time/attention giving interviews about it, etc..  Focus, focus, focus.

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By Hammond Eggs, November 16, 2010 at 3:34 pm Link to this comment

Shelve it in the same section as “Decision Points” - True Crime, Horror, etc.

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By Robespierre115, November 16, 2010 at 2:35 pm Link to this comment

Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned, Obama apparently likes to write kiddie books while his sets other countries alight.

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By madisolation, November 16, 2010 at 8:03 am Link to this comment

I may puke. First, President Con Man escalates the wars and then he sells a book to “help” the children of the mothers and fathers he sends to die. What a racket, and you can bet some of the money is going to land right in his kids’ trust funds.

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