Thursday, August 13, 2015

Obama's Supposed Summer Reading List

President Obama is off for another vacation in Martha's Vineyard, and his "summer reading list" has just been announced. My immediate reaction is:

  • Who picked out these books for Obama?
  • What kind of books did Obama indicate he wanted?
  • What's the real point of releasing this list to the public?
  • Will Obama actually read these books?
  • Does Obama have a secret reading list hidden from the public?
  • What books should be on Obama's list?

Here is the list:
  • All That Is by James Salter
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

I'm skeptical Obama knew of any of these titles before his staffer decided on them. To me, this list smacks of legacy building, of the I-read-Pulitzer-Prize-books variety.

Obama said, I need a book on global warming. And the find was The Sixth Extinction.

Obama said, I need a book supporting Black Lives Matter. And the find was Between the World and Me.

Obama said, I need a book that portrays me as a reader of great books. And the find was All the Light That We Cannot See.

Obama said, I need a book on George Washington, because I want to be seen as the black George Washington. And the find was Washington: A Life.

How much of these will he actually read on his vacation? My guess: very little. He doesn't seem to be the sort of person who learns anything new from either books or personal experience.

What books would be on Obama's secret reading list that he wants hidden from the public? I believe he does have such a collection of books, and has reasons for not wanting them made public because they would reflect poorly on him and his legacy.

Here are the books Obama should read as soon as possible:

1984 by George Orwell
Plunder and Deceit by Mark Levin
Code of Conduct: A Thriller by Brad Thor
Adios, America by Ann Coulter
The Planetary Emergency by Stephen Leary
Where Is the President? by Stephen Leary


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