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Reagan Death Crowds Clinton Book Hype
NewsMax.com ^ | June 12, 2004 | Carl Limbacher

Posted on 06/12/2004 12:25:26 PM PDT by Carl/NewsMax

The national focus on the life, times and death of Ronald Reagan has put a crimp in promotional plans for ex-President Bill Clinton's $10 million memoir, "My Life," which is due out in just ten days.

Mr. Clinton had already begun hyping his book when news of Reagan's death broke last Saturday, with a speech to Chicago's Book Expo two days earlier that had garnered national headlines.

But the Clinton hype machine had to be put on ice as Americans quickly turned their attention to the 40th president.

"I'm a Democrat and I like Clinton," Laurence J. Kirshbaum, chairman of the Time Warner Book Group, told the Associated Press a day after Reagan's death. "But Ronald Reagan lives in the hearts and minds of people in a way, frankly, that Clinton doesn't."

Part of the carefully choreographed Clinton media blitz was to include an announcement Friday of all the bookstores where he had agreed to appear. But Knopf spokesman Paul Bogaards told the Boston Globe on Saturday that the company postponed a press release on the book tour because of Reagan's funeral.

Publicity for "My Life" was expected to shift into high gear next week, with Mr. Clinton set to tout his memoirs on high-profile venues like CBS's "60 Minutes," "Oprah Winfrey," NBC's "Today Show" and ABC's "Good Morning America."

With coverage of Reagan still running at a fevered pitch, however, it may be tough for the 42nd president to reclaim the spotlight as soon as he'd like to.

Attempts to edge Mr. Clinton back onto the national radar screen began even before Mr. Reagan was laid to rest in California Friday evening, with Knopf announcing that "My Life" had sold out its first press run of 1.5 million in advance orders.

Still, news of Reagan's funeral dominated Saturday's news rotation, with little mention of the top Democrat's memoirs in TV, radio and print reports.

Clinton's publicists have also been forced to compete with Reagan on the literary front, with demand for books about the 40th president said to be running at all time highs.

Reagan titles that haven't moved in years have climbed into Amazon's top 100, with publishers scrambling to meet the new demand.

What's more, several new books on Reagan are being rushed into print, a move that has even Mr. Clinton's publisher hedging its bets.

Knopf announced last week that Reagan daughter Patti Davis has been working on a book about her father for some time, with company spokesman Bogaards saying the Davis book would be released "soon."

That could force Clinton to compete with Davis for TV face time after the initial burst of publicity for "My Life" subsides.

The timing of Reagan's death may turn out to be even worse news for Sen. John Kerry, who put his campaign on ice for the week-long Reagan commemoration. Some say he might as well take next week off, too; what with the Clinton publicity machine likely to elbow him out of the way as it struggles to make up for lost time.

Another factor that has to concern Knopf bean counters: Clinton's last book - a 1996 tome titled "Between Hope and History" - was a huge commercial flop.


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1 posted on 06/12/2004 12:25:26 PM PDT by Carl/NewsMax
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To: Carl/NewsMax
Another factor that has to concern Knopf bean counters: Clinton's last book - a 1996 tome titled "Between Hope and History" - was a huge commercial flop.

We can pray this one is too.

2 posted on 06/12/2004 12:28:35 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Carl/NewsMax
This is the real reason Clointon wanted to give a eulogy for Pres. Reagan on Friday.

So9

4 posted on 06/12/2004 12:31:32 PM PDT by Servant of the 9 (We are the Hegemon. We can do anything we damned well please.)
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To: Fiddlstix

I wonder if we walk into a Barnes and Noble, if Ronald Reagan bios will be front and center...

duh! what was I thinking..... they will be on the shelf in the middle of the store.


5 posted on 06/12/2004 12:32:30 PM PDT by Chuzzlewit (music, music and more music)
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To: Carl/NewsMax
"But Ronald Reagan lives in the hearts and minds of people in a way, frankly, that Clinton doesn't."

Snicker..

6 posted on 06/12/2004 12:33:35 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Terrence Maculiffe-Ariolimax columbianus (hint- its a gastropod.....)
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To: Carl/NewsMax; Howlin; Liz; ALOHA RONNIE; RonDog
"I'm a Democrat and I like Clinton," Laurence J. Kirshbaum...

He may be in luck. *Bill is still dating - no?

7 posted on 06/12/2004 12:36:25 PM PDT by Libloather (I blame Carter for disco...)
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To: cardinal4

"Ariolimax columbianus"

Is it some kind of slug?


8 posted on 06/12/2004 12:38:11 PM PDT by Socratic (Yes, there is method in the madness.)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

If Patty Reagan's book could be released on the same day as clinton's, it would swamp him in sales. Only the DNC will buy a book of cinton's lies.


9 posted on 06/12/2004 12:38:53 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Carl/NewsMax
All a publicity blitz by Clinton at this point will do is point up his glaring deficiencies as a Commander in Chief compared to Reagan.
10 posted on 06/12/2004 12:40:39 PM PDT by Bob J (freerepublic.net/ radiofreerepublic.com/rightalk.com...check them out!)
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Bill Clinton's Memoirs My Life

So, you'd like to...

11 posted on 06/12/2004 12:40:59 PM PDT by Fixit
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To: Carl/NewsMax
Clinton hype-machine had to be put on ice...

Fair's fair for the man whose advice to women everywhere was that they had "better put some ice on it."

12 posted on 06/12/2004 12:42:40 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

Reagan also did a number on Carter's big hurrah. Didn't see one picture or headline of the submarine christening.


13 posted on 06/12/2004 12:43:11 PM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: Socratic
Is it some kind of slug?

Go to the head of the class. Its a "Banana Slug". I believe its the mascot for UC-Santa Cruz, but I could be wrong..

14 posted on 06/12/2004 12:43:12 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Terrence Maculiffe-Ariolimax columbianus (hint- its a gastropod.....)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

But the Clinton hype machine had to be put on ice as Americans quickly .....

...worse news for Sen. John Kerry, who put his campaign on ice for the week-long Reagan commemoration.

"Put on ice" is used in the article twice.Is this a subliminal message to remind us of BJ Clinton's farmiliarity and fondness for frozen H2O as an analgesiac ?


15 posted on 06/12/2004 12:43:42 PM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: Carl/NewsMax
After an entire week of national consciousness raising, during which even the criminal media were forced to present Reagan in a positive light, is there anyone in America who doesn't know that Ronald Reagan ended the Cold War? That Reagan was a decent, Christian man who loved and believed in America's greatness?

After this week, Bill Clinton should just go and hide somewhere. The contrast between Reagan and him will not be good for book sales.

16 posted on 06/12/2004 12:45:59 PM PDT by giotto
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To: Chuzzlewit
The Barnes&Noble in No. OKC didn't have a thing up front on Reagan. It did get their attention when I bought the last 5 Time commemoratives and 5 more of Newsweek's special edition. (First time I've bought either magazine since Reagan was president...) The young clerk did say he was in for a long day because he'd have to tell everyone they were sold out of Time (which, at a glance, is the better of the two). Going back today to get "The Economist" and "National Review". If they haven't got any Reagan books up front by then I'll ask why...(although I plan to call at least one bookstore a day after Clinton's book comes out and ask if they have <<>>;)
17 posted on 06/12/2004 12:49:54 PM PDT by WestTexasWend
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To: Carl/NewsMax
Nobody cares about his book...except the DNC who'll use it to hide illegal contributions to Lord Eff'n of Ketchup's campaign.

I have heard everything I ever want to know about bill clinton, I don't give a damn about his life, his boyhood, or his presidency. He is a tarnished, impeached, skirt-chaser who deserves to be more in the hall of Shame than anywhere else.

I once heard some liberals complaining about "how many poor people could have been fed for the price of the stained glass windows in a church". But, I think many more could have been fed by the millions paid to the clintons for their drivel, not to mention the trees that were wasted to create the paper.
18 posted on 06/12/2004 12:52:37 PM PDT by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of charity that you receive.)
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To: Carl/NewsMax
Another factor that has to concern Knopf bean counters: Clinton's last book - a 1996 tome titled "Between Hope and History" - was a huge commercial flop.

As this worthless missive will be also.

you couldnt pay me to read a book full of lies which is what this tome will be full of. revisionist history,well we had to live those years and you cant lie or paint your way out of what you did to this country of ours sir.

Really dont you think its a tad too early to write your lying history? no, there isnt any reason on earth for me to even look at this book in the stores.

19 posted on 06/12/2004 12:59:53 PM PDT by suzyq5558 (The demodemons are ANGRY at the administration? so pray tell what is new?)
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To: WestTexasWend

I also think it would be a good idea if everyone visted their library and pointedly asked what kind of selection of books they have about President Reagan. (One could also make some snide remark about Clintscum, within earshot of others, if they felt so inclined.)


20 posted on 06/12/2004 1:00:47 PM PDT by Socratic (Yes, there is method in the madness.)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

If a phallus fell in a forest...?


21 posted on 06/12/2004 1:08:08 PM PDT by sully777 (Our descendants will be enslaved by political expediency and expenditure)
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To: Carl/NewsMax
CLINTON DISAPPOINTMENT: LEFT OFF FUNERAL SPEAKERS LIST (Updated)

Posted by Watery Tart to lainie On News/Activism 06/08/2004 3:59:10 PM CDT #928 of 1,242

"President Clinton really held out all hope the funeral would be a nonpartisan event, like Nixon's was," a top Clinton source said on Tuesday morning. "He's angry and disappointed neither he nor President Carter have been asked to speak, as of yet."

It WAS nonpartisan, until you got there, bill.

The top source says Clinton has been critical that both Bush presidents will address the crowd gathered at National Cathedral.

Are they entirely sure he’s only speaking of himself here? After all, We Are The President™.

And I'm quite sure that he's infuriated about the timing--wasn't his "book" due out right about now? Sucks being a publicity hound.

928 posted on 06/08/2004 3:59:10 PM CDT by Watery Tart

22 posted on 06/12/2004 1:11:37 PM PDT by Watery Tart ("Ms. Gore•lick, tear down this wall!)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

This book will be lining the offices of labor unions for some time to come.


23 posted on 06/12/2004 1:13:07 PM PDT by microgood
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To: Carl/NewsMax

Couldn;t happen to a "nicer" guy. ROFL


24 posted on 06/12/2004 1:14:27 PM PDT by commish (Freedom Tastes Sweetest to Those Who Have Fought to Preserve It)
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To: Libloather

Heheh....bet they'd make a charming "couple." LOL.


25 posted on 06/12/2004 1:14:28 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Carl/NewsMax

Boo hoo!


26 posted on 06/12/2004 1:14:45 PM PDT by TommyDale
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To: COUNTrecount

Kerry musta' breathed a sigh of relief at having an excuse for putting his campaign "on ice." It needed it!

Of course, NOW he can see that this reminder of what conservatism means has really dumped his in the drink.

RE: Clinton
Well, that boy's just lucky that this book's flop will come with a big EXCUSE. That's all that boy's good for. After all, he now claims that, on order to be remembered as a great president, one needs to have had a war. The boy can sure come up with 'scuses.


27 posted on 06/12/2004 1:16:37 PM PDT by bannie (Liberal Media: The Most Dangerous Enemies to America and Freedom)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

You all believe the spin this past week? Instead of the two questions posed by this article: How the funeral effects Clinton and Kerry; I heard what effect Reagan's funeral has on Bush's campaign. "Well," answers a pollster, "new numbers indicate that Reagan's funeral has not pushed Bush's numbers up. Let's face it, W is no Reagan."

Um? Okay. They're blind. But then again, they swore up and down Carter was winning into the late evening 1980 election tallies.


28 posted on 06/12/2004 1:16:42 PM PDT by sully777 (Our descendants will be enslaved by political expediency and expenditure)
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To: Fixit

I like that title. It fits nicely with his wife's piece of trash.


29 posted on 06/12/2004 1:17:39 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: doug from upland
Ping for great justice!

Got Interview? I'll work on it for you....

30 posted on 06/12/2004 1:18:16 PM PDT by diotima (Telegram Sam, you're my main man)
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To: Carl/NewsMax
"I'm a Democrat and I like Clinton...But Ronald Reagan lives in the hearts and minds of people in a way, frankly, that Clinton doesn't."

Enough said.

31 posted on 06/12/2004 1:20:35 PM PDT by pke
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To: Carl/NewsMax
Publicity for "My Life" was expected to shift into high gear next week, with Mr. Clinton set to tout his memoirs on high-profile venues like CBS's "60 Minutes," "Oprah Winfrey," NBC's "Today Show" and ABC's "Good Morning America."

People actually watch these programs?

I haven’t watched any of these programs in years.

Not since I figured out how totally biased they are and FOX News became available.

I suppose people with out access to FNN who still wish to watch TV may be forced to watch these programs from time to time.

32 posted on 06/12/2004 1:25:22 PM PDT by Pontiac (Ignorance of the law is no excuse, ignorance of your rights can be fatal.)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
"better put some ice on it."

I missed that Freudian slip...

But the it may be tough for the 42nd president to reclaim the spotlight as soon as he'd like to. statement is just not true.

Didn't he make Drudge for falling asleep?

Coming soon to a book store near you! Have Bill Clinton autograph your book while he sleeps!

33 posted on 06/12/2004 1:26:36 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: giotto
After an entire week of national consciousness raising, during which even the criminal media were forced to present Reagan in a positive light, is there anyone in America who doesn't know that Ronald Reagan ended the Cold War? That Reagan was a decent, Christian man who loved and believed in America's greatness?

Also, I'm sure many people across this country are now keenly aware of the deep and abiding love between Ron and Nancy, versus the "marriage of convenience" between Bill and Hillary.

34 posted on 06/12/2004 1:27:23 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: Carl/NewsMax

"Clinton's last book - a 1996 tome titled "Between Hope and History" - was a huge commercial flop."

Maybe he should write another one: "Between the sheets" and put it on the Porn sites.


35 posted on 06/12/2004 1:31:30 PM PDT by TRY ONE (NUKE the unborn gay whales!)
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To: RGSpincich
Reagan also did a number on Carter's big hurrah. Didn't see one picture or headline of the submarine christening.

This was the last example of the Gipper's great timing: he stuck it to the peanut farmer again one final time :-)

36 posted on 06/12/2004 1:32:19 PM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: Carl/NewsMax

I'm telling you guys Clinton's book is going to help us. It's going to be packed with so many lies and twists of the truth that will be easily dispelled. It will remind people, ESPECIALLY after this week's Reagan tributes, how dishonest Democrats are. Wait and see.


37 posted on 06/12/2004 1:35:29 PM PDT by Hildy ( If you don't stand up for what's RIGHT, you'll settle for what's LEFT.)
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To: Socratic

"if everyone visted their library"

LOL...you mean the local library or THEIR library in ARK?


38 posted on 06/12/2004 1:38:02 PM PDT by WestTexasWend
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To: Hildy
I'm telling you guys Clinton's book is going to help us.

 

 

It sure is...

39 posted on 06/12/2004 1:51:56 PM PDT by kAcknor (That's my version of it anyway....)
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To: WestTexasWend

"LOL...you mean the local library or THEIR library in ARK?"

I meant each individual's own local library, but I sure like your interpretation MUCH better!


40 posted on 06/12/2004 1:56:37 PM PDT by Socratic (Yes, there is method in the madness.)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

klintoon knows how to write ?

He has a book coming out ?


41 posted on 06/12/2004 1:58:32 PM PDT by sawmill trash (NADER !!! NADER !!! NADER !!! NADER !!! NADER !!! NADER !!! NADER !!! NADER !!!)
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To: TRY ONE

"Between Hope and History"

Between the "dope and his story," one of America's greatest Presidents finally recieved a portion of his just due.


42 posted on 06/12/2004 2:09:40 PM PDT by Socratic (Yes, there is method in the madness.)
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To: Carl/NewsMax
"But the Clinton hype machine had to be put on ice as Americans quickly turned their attention to the 40th president."

Oh, what a shame! < /sarcasm >

43 posted on 06/12/2004 2:20:05 PM PDT by sweetliberty ("Good-night sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.")
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To: Watery Tart
The realization that he will not receive an elegant funeral, as did President Reagan, should shock some ego out of him - but it won't.

If I'm not around when his death occurs, please see to it that his casket is draped with the flag of China.

44 posted on 06/12/2004 2:21:28 PM PDT by lakey
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To: Carl/NewsMax
Clinton's publicists have also been forced to compete with Reagan on the literary front, with demand for books about the 40th president said to be running at all time highs.

Gee .. could this be why Clinton pretended to fall asleep at the funeral yesterday??

To get a reaction and get folks to start talking about him again?

45 posted on 06/12/2004 2:28:47 PM PDT by Mo1 (That's right Old Media .... WE LOVED PRESIDENT REAGAN)
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To: lakey

You are way too dignified and restrained for my tastes. I could never pull THAT off. lo)

I rather like the old story about the man who was going to pour a bottle of really good Scotch on someone's grave--only he was going to drink it first.


46 posted on 06/12/2004 2:30:40 PM PDT by Watery Tart ("Ms. Gore•lick, tear down this wall!)
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To: Servant of the 9
"I'm a Democrat and I like Clinton," Laurence J. Kirshbaum, chairman of the Time Warner Book Group, told the Associated Press a day after Reagan's death. "But Ronald Reagan lives in the hearts and minds of people in a way, frankly, that Clinton doesn't."

OUCH ... LOL

47 posted on 06/12/2004 2:31:11 PM PDT by Mo1 (That's right Old Media .... WE LOVED PRESIDENT REAGAN)
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To: Watery Tart

LOL...second "hand" Scotch.


48 posted on 06/12/2004 2:36:31 PM PDT by lakey
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To: Carl/NewsMax
Knowing the Clintons, it must have been some sort of thinly-disguised bribe.
49 posted on 06/12/2004 2:36:52 PM PDT by Cultural Jihad
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To: Carl/NewsMax
This is funny. Looks to me like Our Lord had a hand in putting these scums on a back burner.

The Lord took RR in His timing. Can't blame any earthly person for this one. Tehehehe!!!!

50 posted on 06/12/2004 2:37:15 PM PDT by shield (The Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God!!!! by Dr. H. Ross, Astrophysicist)
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