Book browsers will get plenty of face time with the Democratic candidate this fall when “Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama’s Plan to Renew America’s Promise” arrives in stores. It’s a collection of speeches, policy papers and a foreword from the man himself. Proceeds will go to an unspecified charity.
The unique terms were worked out by Washington superlawer Robert B. Barnett of Williams & Connolly. Profits from the book will go to a yet-to-be-determined charity, with no proceeds being retained by Obama or his campaign.
The book promises to be the biggest campaign publishing success in 16 years, following on the Clinton-Gore “Putting People First: How We Can All Change America” and H. Ross Perot’s “United We Stand,” both big bestsellers during the 1992 campaign.
Obama wrote the several-page foreword. Ten or 12 campaign staffers wrote the policy section, which includes: “How to Fix Our Ailing Economy,” “How to Strengthen the Middle Class,” “How to Make Health Care Affordable for All,” “How to Achieve Energy Independence” and “How to Keep America Safe in a Dangerous World.”