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Publishers bet big on 'Obama as hero'
Yahoo! News / The Politico ^ | November 29, 2008 | David Paul Kuhn

Posted on 11/30/2008 12:54:44 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

The publishing industry is betting on Barack Obama like no president in decades. Since Election Day alone, more than half a dozen book deals have been signed to exploit Obamania.

Two dozen books in the works range from the serious to the silly. There are retrospective ticktocks on how Obama won office and prospective looks at his first year in the White House. There is a biography on Obama’s father, a compilation of essays on Obama and race, and others tilting toward the celebratory with photographic montages. There are children’s books, of course, and a style guide on Michelle Obama, framing the down-to-earth future first lady as a latter-day Jackie Onassis.

With few exceptions, the books share a tone of celebration and optimism, and a view of Obama as hero. To borrow from the president-elect, perhaps some hope-mongering is afoot. In contrast, President George W. Bush, who reportedly is having difficulty finding a publisher for a book he hopes to write, has been savaged in many recent tomes.

“The American reading public appreciates great stories. They like heroes, and they like villains,” said Gail Ross, a top political literary agent. As for Obama, “at least for now, he's a hero. Bush books worked when he became a villain.”

Tim Duggan, a vice president and executive editor at HarperCollins, said that the Obama book boom reflects the president-elect’s “honeymoon period.”

“No matter what the state of the book industry, or the state of the economy, the idea of the new African American president coming into office is exciting,” said Duggan, who is editing a retrospective on the 2008 campaign by reporters John Heilemann and Mark Halperin.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; bho2008; economy; election; obama; obamamania; obamamessiah; obamania; obamatransitionfile; presidentelectobama; publishing
Is it just me, or is this starting to border on the sacreligious?
1 posted on 11/30/2008 12:54:44 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama the 0


2 posted on 11/30/2008 12:59:09 AM PST by Indian_Fighter_Kite
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If you throw in sickening as well...no it’s not just you.

Liberals have abandoned the sacred in there lives so they must make men into god’s to fill the void.


3 posted on 11/30/2008 12:59:15 AM PST by Sharrukin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Is it just me, or is this starting to border on the sacreligious? “

To whom? I think members of the Obama Church think this is fine.


4 posted on 11/30/2008 12:59:51 AM PST by Chet 99
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Let's see.....

Here it is, the Obama section....

"My Struggle...My Struggle...My Struggle...."

5 posted on 11/30/2008 1:25:25 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Lord I hope not!


6 posted on 11/30/2008 1:32:29 AM PST by Sharrukin
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Never have so many said and wrote so much about such a n0body.


7 posted on 11/30/2008 1:41:50 AM PST by piasa
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Horse feathers!


8 posted on 11/30/2008 1:50:43 AM PST by jws3sticks (Hillary can take a very long walk on a very short pier, anytim Pute, and the sooner the better!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Some publishers have produced pretty good work:


9 posted on 11/30/2008 2:07:23 AM PST by MathDoc (War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. Obama is Good.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

> Is it just me, or is this starting to border on the sacreligious?

Remember what happened to Herod when the crowds said “It is the voice of a god and not a man.”

Acts 12:22

A sticky end, to be sure — but God is not mocked.


10 posted on 11/30/2008 2:22:41 AM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: MathDoc

I have also purchased the OBAMA GARBAGE BAGS—Extra flimsy. They work well for the cat box . . . um daily clearing.


11 posted on 11/30/2008 2:35:42 AM PST by GOP Poet
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To: DieHard the Hunter
GIve it a little time. They are high now. In time this will hopefully wear off. The libs and brainwashed kids that think all white people are racists are still stunned the United States actually nominated a black man as their president. Remember these are the same people that think George Bush should be in jail for going to war and that everyone is racists except Democrats--LOL. WHen they find out Obama is just a man (as Republicans have treated him)--an inexperienced one--and not the great liberal savior and will continue as George Bush regarding the war on Islamic terrorists (as at this point to do otherwise would be gross negligence--especially after the attacks in India), they will despise him.

Obama remorse will set in eventually. They built him. They will tear him down.

12 posted on 11/30/2008 2:44:11 AM PST by GOP Poet
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To: DieHard the Hunter
Is it just me, or is this starting to border on the sacreligious?

Remember what happened to Herod when the crowds said “It is the voice of a god and not a man.”

Acts 12:22

A sticky end, to be sure — but God is not mocked.

I think it exceeded sacrilegious long ago. However I think our Lord is already not pleased.

13 posted on 11/30/2008 2:48:12 AM PST by GOP Poet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
There are children’s books, of course, and a style guide on Michelle Obama, framing the down-to-earth future first lady as a latter-day Jackie Onassis.

Sounds like a work of science fiction...

14 posted on 11/30/2008 2:48:56 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: GOP Poet

> I think it exceeded sacrilegious long ago. However I think our Lord is already not pleased.

If that be the case, then — I shouldn’t want to be His Excellency right now. God is not mocked.


15 posted on 11/30/2008 2:51:32 AM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Sooner of later in life we all sit down to a banquet of consequences” - Robert Louis Stevenson.


16 posted on 11/30/2008 2:54:02 AM PST by Sharrukin
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To: DieHard the Hunter

I think you are right. The earlier article on FR about BO getting a facial tic should just be the beginning. Great point about God not being mocked.


17 posted on 11/30/2008 3:05:44 AM PST by GOP Poet
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To: Sharrukin
“Sooner of later in life we all sit down to a banquet of consequences” - Robert Louis Stevenson.

Wow. great quote. Thanks for posting.

18 posted on 11/30/2008 3:07:46 AM PST by GOP Poet
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To: GOP Poet

I took it from someone else too. Liked it.


19 posted on 11/30/2008 3:08:39 AM PST by Sharrukin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes, in about six months these books will clog the bargain tables.


20 posted on 11/30/2008 3:11:07 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Hey, Obama! Where's my check?)
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To: Sharrukin

The books will be on the bargain rack within six months to a year. Once the magic is gone a new spat of books—denouncing Obama will come out. The sheeple will soon discover he has feet of clay. Corruption and scandal will mark his rule, mark my words. He will not finish his term in office—he will be impeached for corruption before 2012. He will become a victim of his own high expectations.


21 posted on 11/30/2008 3:22:48 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

If we were talking about conservatives I would agree. What I think you miss is the sheer stupidity and wilful blindness of leftists. They prattle on about how Bush is the real threat and terrorists are nothing to worry about. They have done so for eight years or more. I am somewhat more cynical as to the depth of their hypocrisy and their stupidity.


22 posted on 11/30/2008 3:27:03 AM PST by Sharrukin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

char·la·tan (shärl-tn)
n.
A person who makes elaborate, fraudulent, and often voluble claims to skill or knowledge; a quack or fraud.


23 posted on 11/30/2008 4:25:27 AM PST by TPOOH (I wish I could have been Jerry Reed.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I will treat their president with the same level of respect as they treated mine.


24 posted on 11/30/2008 4:44:08 AM PST by MNnice
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s just plain stupid.


25 posted on 11/30/2008 4:53:43 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified DeCartes))
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To: Sharrukin

Excellent quote!!


26 posted on 11/30/2008 4:54:30 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified DeCartes))
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To: MathDoc

Caution:may cause rash


27 posted on 11/30/2008 5:29:50 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

All glory is fleeting. This fraud is going to fall hard and the world will be watching. It’s going to make all of these Obama kool-aid drinkers look like the total fools they are.


28 posted on 11/30/2008 5:36:53 AM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority ((Barack Obama...stuck on stupid and idle as the world races by him like a bullet train...)
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To: MNnice

I will treat their president with the same level of respect as they treated mine.


That is the perfect comment on the whole situation. Thank you for stating it so well!


29 posted on 11/30/2008 5:39:24 AM PST by Moonmad27 (Simplify, simplify, simplify. H.D. Thoreau)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Pod people don’t read. Unions will be forced to buy obama book tripe by the truckload and store them in warehouses, next to Hillary’s tome and republican absentee ballots.

A thousand years from now, archeologists will unearth millions of obama books and speculate they were stored as offerings to some volcano god.


30 posted on 11/30/2008 5:48:42 AM PST by sergeantdave (We are now in the Age of the Idiot)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Publishers are betting big that Obama supporters are going to buy books about Obama. I predict that they are going to lose big time. Have they listened to any of the interviews with Obama supporters over the past 18 months? These people are dumb as rocks. These people don’t buy books. It’s that simple.


31 posted on 11/30/2008 6:19:48 AM PST by Jabba the Nutt (Barack Obama, the American Salvador Allende.)
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To: Jabba the Nutt

The books better have a lot of pictures and small words as that is all Obamas followers understand.


32 posted on 11/30/2008 7:23:46 AM PST by longun45 (There is no difference between a republocrat and a demican, time to kick them both out.)
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To: GOP Poet
"WHen they find out Obama is just a man (as Republicans have treated him)--an inexperienced one--and not the great liberal savior and will continue as George Bush regarding the war on Islamic terrorists (as at this point to do otherwise would be gross negligence--especially after the attacks in India), they will despise him.
Obama remorse will set in eventually. They built him. They will tear him down."

Good analysis. Jared Taylor wrote more about that in his prescient article here:
http://www.amren.com/mtnews/archives/2008/07/why_obama_will_1.php
(Warning! controversial source. Sorry, can't post a direct link, but the cut 'n' paste is worth it!)

My thoughts:
Eventually, all of Obama's failures will be blamed upon one factor:
WHITE RACISM.

- John

33 posted on 11/30/2008 7:25:30 AM PST by Fishrrman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What they fail to realize is that...while the dead do vote, and the homeless and druggies will vote as often as they’re paid to, none of them will buy books.


34 posted on 11/30/2008 8:26:19 AM PST by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: MathDoc

We’ll know he’s a Christian when the muzzies start selling those nice doormats with his picture on it!


35 posted on 11/30/2008 8:27:55 AM PST by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: GOP Poet

Got a link to that article or a keyword.

I said before, I think he will fold like a cheap suit that he is under pressure.


36 posted on 11/30/2008 9:18:35 AM PST by razorback-bert (Save the planet...it is the only known one with beer!)
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To: GOP Poet
They built him. They will tear him down.

Very insightful.

37 posted on 11/30/2008 9:31:46 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Barf alert implied by title.

Obama Commemorative Plate

38 posted on 11/30/2008 9:35:05 AM PST by OCC
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good.

The greater the expectations, the more bitter the disappointments.

2012 is ours!


39 posted on 11/30/2008 9:36:09 AM PST by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: Jabba the Nutt

“Have they listened to any of the interviews with Obama supporters over the past 18 months? These people are dumb as rocks.”
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You overestimate these people, rocks are NOT totally useless! Rocks are in fact mankind’s ancient source of tools, building materials etc. Obama supporters “fail to rise to the level” of rocks.


40 posted on 11/30/2008 1:14:34 PM PST by RipSawyer (Great Grandpa was a Confederate soldier from the cradle of secession.)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
he will be impeached for corruption before 2012.

You expect a democrat Congress to impeach a democrat president--and for corruption no less. Okeydokey.

41 posted on 11/30/2008 5:57:11 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Chet 99

That is why I call him the Dalai Bama.


42 posted on 11/30/2008 6:00:52 PM PST by csmusaret (I'd rather have a sister in a whorehouse than have a brother in the US Congress.)
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To: sergeantdave
Pod people don’t read.

If they write it in really simple language, and Oprah wants to talk about it, they will read. Some even, without moving their lips.

43 posted on 11/30/2008 6:00:53 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Jabba the Nutt
These people don’t buy books. It’s that simple.

They will buy books about Obama, not to read, but as collectors' items and as evidence of their faith.

44 posted on 11/30/2008 6:03:19 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

No—in two years the Republicans will come back and take over—they will do the impeachment in my way of thinking. I believe the Dem’s will blow the Governmnet big time.


45 posted on 11/30/2008 9:32:09 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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