Sunday, August 21, 2011

Obama's summer Reading List


I see The Warmth of Other Suns made it on Obama's reading list, but apparently it was the only non-fiction book he picked out for the summer.  Others included The Bayou Triology and Rodins' Debutante.  Once again, the Republicans accuse the President of being out of touch with the electorate by vacationing on Martha's Vineyard, where he is pretty much cloistered from prying eyes.  You can read more here.

9 comments:

  1. This is a wonderful book. And unlike the book on Henrietta Lacks, which I read around the same time, she is completely sympathetic (or empathetic?) with her "informants."

    Speaking of sympathetic, I have no problem with the choice of Martha's Vineyard although it does seem to be slightly tone deaf with the rest of the country. But it's small enough that he can walk around downtown with the kids, which seems to be a major consideration. And my guess is they like that. Better than the fake vacation "ranch" that Bush Jr. had. Talk about a scam arist.

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  2. Yea, I think he bought that "ranch" in 2000.

    I imagine Obama has chosen MV as much for its relative isolation as the Kennedy and Clinton legacies.

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  3. I thought Bush Jr. sold his ranch after he moved to Dallas, but I guess he held on to it. He even visited at least once since 2008 to ride his bike. So I guess it wasn't all just ranch hand optics -- although I still think he bought it after he was elected because Rove told him to.

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  4. Strange how the right objects to Obama's hiatus, but continually defended Bush and Reagan's prolonged vacation times. Those two took far more time off from the White House but, as usual, it's OK when a Republican does it.

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  5. Yeah, the elite have "earned" it. Obama needs to work twice as hard because, well, you know, he's not one of us.

    This reminds me of one of the stories related in the bio of his mother, about how the young Barry would skip along while Indonesian kids would throw rocks at him and call him racist names. To which his mother would reply, it's okay, he's used to it.

    Obama is taking ten days with his family. Bush used to take the entire month of August off -- in fact, it was on August 6, 2001, that he was warned that "bin Laden determined to strike in the US."

    I guess he was too busy relaxing to worry too much about it.

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  6. Saw an article on this the other day where it stated that Obama had taken like 62 vaction days as opposed to 180 for Bush at the same point in time.Not sure that was the exact amount but it was quite a difference.9bosox)

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  7. Bush took a lot of heat for his vacations as well, but then he started inviting heads of state to his "ranch," and it was soon dubbed "White House West," or something like that. Convenient way to make it look like you are "working."

    Of course, Bush never really worked a day in his life. Everything was handed to him. It was a nice cakewalk.

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  8. Obama doesn't even own a vacation home, let alone a ranch. Remember Reagan's ranch?

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  9. Do you remember that W.'s people released official vacation reading lists? I thought Obama did that the first year. All I'm seeing now are accounts of what he bought at a particular book store in Martha's Vineyard.

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