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Posted on Aug 11, 2008

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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.”

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By montymarket, August 12, 2008 at 3:02 pm Link to this comment
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McSame will now have to come out with a book, fudged from Wikipedia (just like his cribbed pages on the Georgia/Russia dust up).  A coloring book might be good, provided the crayons aren’t too sharp!

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By Sue Cook, August 12, 2008 at 9:18 am Link to this comment

So, the “ME TO” candidate would write a book before the election to outline his position on issues.
I call him that because he continues on his course of “ME TO” after others have shown him the way.
He simply agree’s with what others say when he hasn’t a clue on what to say showing his inexperience.

Why dosen’t he explain them on the stump during his campaign appearences?  Wouldn’t that be the thing to do?  Is it because he can’t talk that pretty when describing boring policy at length?
Complaints have come about during his campaign that he isn’t getting techincal enough, just speaking rhetoric, but not getting to the nitty gritty of just what positions he truly stands.
His answer, write a book?
I’m not so sure that by doing it that way will get many votes.  What about when he changes positions as he has of late?  Will book addendums be following?
How many will we have to buy?
My suggestion would be to not waste your money or time on the “me to” candidates book, or him.

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By rybo, August 12, 2008 at 8:49 am Link to this comment

Are we seeing a cult of personality to over shadow his departure from his original political views, that got people excited to his blatant right of center views, that will bring on the departure of those who originally supported him? I hope his new book sells like Pelosie’s.

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By cyrena, August 11, 2008 at 7:54 pm Link to this comment


This will surely put a crimp in the operations of our most prolific spinmeisters here at TD. Every time they come up with a new or recycled LIE, we can just cut and past the “words from the horse’s mouth” from the ebook stored right here on our nifty little computers.

Ain’t technology grand?

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By Thomas Billis, August 11, 2008 at 5:46 pm Link to this comment

There will be pictures and diagrams so that Pres Bush might understand it.Maybe after he finishes the sequel to “My Pet Goat” he could add Obama’s book to his reading list.I hear John McCain is writing a book the President is sure to read it is called"The Old Goat”.I beleive it is an autobiograpy.It begins with his first experience when as a young Liuetenant he chased Pancho Villa in Mexico with Pershing.

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