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On vacation, Obama drops by Vineyard bookstore (Buys Brave New World by Aldous Huxley)
LA Times ^ | 08/19/2011 | Maeve Reston

Posted on 08/19/2011 12:04:05 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd

Reporting from Vineyard Haven, Mass.—

President Obama made his first foray out of his vacation compound Friday with a trip to the legendary Bunch of Grapes bookstore in Vineyard Haven.

Bystanders who had been browsing upstairs at the two-story bookstore rushed to the windows as crowds gathered on the street outside.

Obama, in a blue polo shirt, jeans and sneakers, wandered in with his daughters. After telling some customers that Sasha was going to browse, he wandered the store with a staff member while discussing his choices with one of the employees.

In a stack of at least four books, Obama had Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World," "Room," by Emma Donoghue and "The Bayou Trilogy," by Daniel Woodrell, the author of "Winter's Bone." Sasha had a book called "Frost."

The bookstore appears to be a first family favorite: Obama and his daughters stopped at Bunch of Grapes on their first full day of vacation in Martha's Vineyard in 2010.

It was unclear which books Obama ultimately purchased at Bunch of Grapes, but “Brave New World” was most likely for his 13-year-old daughter, Malia. The book is required reading for entering 8th grade students at Sidwell Friends School, which she attends.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bravenewworld; obama; vacation
Dear Leader. It's FICTION, OK?

Not a blueprint.

1 posted on 08/19/2011 12:04:11 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

Heh. You beat me to it.

I’d be REALLY worried if he picked up a copy of “1984”.


2 posted on 08/19/2011 12:05:49 PM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I think I heard that there’s a teleprompter version if you have Kindle.


3 posted on 08/19/2011 12:07:03 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Or “Lord of the Flies”.


4 posted on 08/19/2011 12:07:35 PM PDT by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger......)
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To: Responsibility2nd

he probably already has das kapital and mien kampf


5 posted on 08/19/2011 12:09:51 PM PDT by Jeff Vader (Palin 2012)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Economics for Dummies?


6 posted on 08/19/2011 12:10:16 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Going into Rehab means never having to say you are sorry....)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Grapes of Wrath


7 posted on 08/19/2011 12:13:15 PM PDT by crosshairs (If Sharia Law becomes the law of the land, heads are gonna roll.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I could have lent the Kenyan lizard king mine. I read it 40 years ago!

Maybe the lizard wouldn’t have ended up a commie.


8 posted on 08/19/2011 12:14:37 PM PDT by y6162
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To: Responsibility2nd

Hope Lord Barry O’Toole of Soros does not get any ideas from “Brave New World.”


9 posted on 08/19/2011 12:14:37 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/01...NEVER FORGET.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

What do you want to bet he misses the point of the story completely?


10 posted on 08/19/2011 12:14:51 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Sheesh...I read that when I was like 15 years old. I don’t think a serious man would be reading such a book at his age.


11 posted on 08/19/2011 12:15:36 PM PDT by bkepley
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Or Zamyatin’s “We”.


12 posted on 08/19/2011 12:16:12 PM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

At least it wasn’t “The Catcher in the Rye”

;)


13 posted on 08/19/2011 12:16:25 PM PDT by JMJJR ( Newspeak is the official language of Oceania)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Research for his September “jobs” teleprompter reading


14 posted on 08/19/2011 12:17:31 PM PDT by twister881
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To: Responsibility2nd

Perfect reading for him. Born an epsilon and put him in an alpha run world...


15 posted on 08/19/2011 12:18:46 PM PDT by shotgun
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To: Responsibility2nd
On vacation,Stock market drops by over 150 points.
16 posted on 08/19/2011 12:24:15 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: bkepley
First: it is an excellent story and appropriate for all ages > about 15.

Second: it is almost certainly for his daughter as it is assigned ‘summer’ reading.

Using feel good drugs (soma) to quell riots was the best thing from that book I remember (like you I read it at 15 or so) - the only problem being that if rioters WANTED to get high......

I also remember the synopsis of the “movie” they went to (while grabbing nerosticks that transmitted what the actors were feeling) being very much like the “plot” description of a porno movie - and by “very much like” I mean - exactly like. ;)

17 posted on 08/19/2011 12:24:40 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
He heard about the section dealing with dousing the Epsilon embryos in alcohol to make them mentally stunted when grown, so he decided to read it while hanging out with the Kennedys.
18 posted on 08/19/2011 12:26:56 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (The Repubs and Dems are arguing whether to pour 9 or 10 buckets of gasoline on a burning house.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Obama had Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World,"

Holy crap. He's a college grad (supposedly) and he's never read the thing? Odd.

19 posted on 08/19/2011 12:27:24 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Deploy. Dominate. Disappear.)
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To: shotgun

Now I see the problem with looking for his birth certificate; we need a certificate of decantation from his hatchery.


20 posted on 08/19/2011 12:30:27 PM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: allmendream

It never really made an impression on me like other negative utopia books 1984, Animal Farm etc. . I think the only thing that I can still remember is the last page or so which was pretty good.


21 posted on 08/19/2011 12:31:43 PM PDT by bkepley
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To: shotgun

Now I see the problem with looking for his birth certificate; we need a certificate of decantation from his hatchery.


22 posted on 08/19/2011 12:32:03 PM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Research for jobs plan ?


23 posted on 08/19/2011 12:38:49 PM PDT by molson209
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To: mylife
On vacation,Stock market drops by over 150 points.

Proof that the stock market improves when he's not in D.C.
24 posted on 08/19/2011 12:45:58 PM PDT by crosshairs (If Sharia Law becomes the law of the land, heads are gonna roll.)
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To: bkepley

From “Brave New World”, from what is described, how would we characterize this sort of movie?

************************************************

The house lights went down; fiery letters stood out solid and as though self-supported in the darkness. THREE WEEKS IN A HELICOPTER . AN ALL-SUPER-SINGING, SYNTHETIC-TALK1NG, COLOURED, STEREOSCOPIC FEELY. WITH SYNCHRONIZED SCENT-ORGAN ACCOMPANIMENT.

“Take hold of those metal knobs on the arms of your chair,” whispered Lenina. “Otherwise you won’t get any of the feely effects.”

The Savage did as he was told.

Those fiery letters, meanwhile, had disappeared; there were ten seconds of complete darkness; then suddenly, dazzling and incomparably more solid-looking than they would have seemed in actual flesh and blood, far more real than reality, there stood the stereoscopic images, locked in one another’s arms, of a gigantic negro and a golden-haired young brachycephalic Beta-Plus female.

The Savage started. That sensation on his lips! He lifted a hand to his mouth; the titillation ceased; let his hand fall back on the metal knob; it began again. The scent organ, meanwhile, breathed pure musk. Expiringly, a sound-track super-dove cooed “Oo-ooh”; and vibrating only thirty-two times a second, a deeper than African bass made answer: “Aa-aah.” “Ooh-ah! Ooh-ah!” the stereoscopic lips came together again, and once more the facial erogenous zones of the six thousand spectators in the Alhambra tingled with almost intolerable galvanic pleasure. “Ooh …”

The plot of the film was extremely simple. A few minutes after the first Oohs and Aahs (a duet having been sung and a little love made on that famous bearskin, every hair of which–the Assistant Predestinator was perfectly right–could be separately and distinctly felt), the negro had a helicopter accident, fell on his head. Thump! what a twinge through the forehead! A chorus of ow’s and aie’s went up from the audience.

The concussion knocked all the negro’s conditioning into a cocked hat. He developed for the Beta blonde an exclusive and maniacal passion. She protested. He persisted. There were struggles, pursuits, an assault on a rival, finally a sensational kidnapping. The Beta blond was ravished away into the sky and kept there, hovering, for three weeks in a wildly anti-social tête-à-tête with the black madman. Finally, after a whole series of adventures and much aerial acrobacy three handsome young Alphas succeeded in rescuing her. The negro was packed off to an Adult Re-conditioning Centre and the film ended happily and decorously, with the Beta blonde becoming the mistress of all her three rescuers. They interrupted themselves for a moment to sing a synthetic quartet, with full super-orchestral accompaniment and gardenias on the scent organ. Then the bearskin made a final appearance and, amid a blare of saxophones, the last stereoscopic kiss faded into darkness, the last electric titillation died on the lips like a dying moth that quivers, quivers, ever more feebly, ever more faintly, and at last is quiet, quite still.


25 posted on 08/19/2011 12:53:43 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: allmendream
From “Brave New World”, from what is described, how would we characterize this sort of movie?

I don't know except "coming soon to a theater near you" probably.

26 posted on 08/19/2011 1:08:24 PM PDT by bkepley
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To: Responsibility2nd

Campaign stunt; we’re supposed to be impressed with his choice of “intellectual stimulation” while he’s on vacation. I’ll bet a staffer was told to call ahead and make sure it was in stock. More specifically, I’ll bet it’s on loan and headed back to the store after he leaves!
Not for a moment do I believe he is going to read it.

Does it contain a plan for creating jobs?


27 posted on 08/19/2011 1:09:28 PM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: bkepley

The story said it was required reading for Sasha in school.


28 posted on 08/19/2011 1:35:22 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: bkepley
Coming soon to a theater near Pee Wee Herman!

And you HOPE the sticky floors are from spilled sodas!

29 posted on 08/19/2011 1:39:01 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins...”

I wonder which group the government will put me in?
I hope I’ll be chosen to be an ‘Alpha’!


30 posted on 08/19/2011 1:55:56 PM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: bkepley
Sheesh...I read that when I was like 15 years old. I don’t think a serious man would be reading such a book at his age.

On the contraire, I think it will be WAY over his head

31 posted on 08/19/2011 2:01:36 PM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: molson209

Jobs plan: “A gramme is better than a damn.”


32 posted on 08/19/2011 2:14:23 PM PDT by Carlucci (Don't care what religion my president is, as long as he worships -- THE CONSTITUTION!)
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To: PATRIOT1876
We would almost all of us be deemed “Alpha” by the BNWorld standard - if not all “Alpha plus”.

They didn't ‘improve’ humanity at all - they hatched them in artificial wombs (which I maintain will NOT produce as robust an offspring as a natural womb) - and induced various degrees of ‘fetal alcohol syndrome’ on all those who were to be less than “Alpha”.

I have seen some “Betas” and even “Deltas” - cursed to a life of stupidity by their mom being a heavy drinker during pregnancy. She probably didn't pass on (or chose in her partner) very good genes either.

33 posted on 08/19/2011 2:17:35 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: bkepley
*It never really made an impression on me like other negative utopia books 1984, Animal Farm etc. . I think the only thing that I can still remember is the last page or so which was pretty good*

I remember there was a song by the Vapors called Lenina that I had just heard for the first time when I read that book.

34 posted on 08/19/2011 2:22:51 PM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: Steely Tom
I think I heard that there’s a teleprompter version if you have Kindle.

I bet he read his kids bedtime stories using a teleprompter. OR maybe since they don't give their kids presents, maybe they didn't read bedtime stories either.

35 posted on 08/19/2011 5:51:21 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

“The story said it was required reading for Sasha in
school.”

Isn’t she 13? A little bit young to be reading it. But then again if she’s as smart as her parents she won’t get it.


36 posted on 08/20/2011 10:08:57 AM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: bjorn14

The English program in 7th and 8th grades concentrates on developing skills of close textual analysis, written expression, grammar, and vocabulary. Students are introduced to the genres of the short story, the novel, poetry, and drama. Major texts in the 7th grade currently include To Kill a Mockingbird, The Miracle Worker, A Raisin in the Sun,Twelve Angry Men, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as works by Edgar Allan Poe, O.Henry, Langston Hughes, and others. In eighth grade students currently read Brave New World, The Tempest, Things Fall Apart, Lord of the Flies, and The Odyssey, among other works.

http://www.sidwell.edu/middle_school/78curriculum/index.aspx

My kids had to read some of the same books but in high school, not middle.


37 posted on 08/20/2011 10:15:23 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Me too. I read most of them in high school. I read ‘Mockingbird’ in 8th.


38 posted on 08/21/2011 8:24:44 AM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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