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President Obama’s New Book Hits Shelves

Thumbnail image for sing2.jpgPresident Obama’s New book hits the shelves today. Of Thee I sing, A Letter to My Daughters identifies 13 Americans which President Obama believes have contributed to the fabric of America, and have show particular courage. Proceeds from the book will go to a charity supporting the children of killed or wounded Veterans.

The 13 Americans are:

Georgia O’Keeffe (“helped us see big beauty in what is small”)
Albert Einstein (“changing the world with energy and light”)
Jackie Robinson (“showed us all how to turn fear to respect”)
Sitting Bull (“a Sioux medicine man”)
Billie Holiday (“sang beautiful blues”)
Helen Keller (“taught us to look and listen to each other”)
Maya Lin (“public spaces should be filled with art, she thought”)
Jane Adams (“fed the poor”)
Martin Luther King, Jr. (“taught us unyielding compassion”)
Neil Armstrong (“first to walk on the moon”)
Cesar Chavez (“showed farmworkers their own power”)
Abraham Lincoln (“promised freedom to enslaved sisters and brothers”)
George Washington (“our first president”)

Seems, most everyone is excited and looking forward to the book…

Except Faux News – who led with the headline – Obama Praises Indian Chief Who Killed U.S. General, and then goes on the choice of Sitting Bull was poor, “because he killed Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn”…

Which is historically wrong. It was probably either Chief Gall or Crazy Horse who killed Custer, as they led the two principal forces involved in defending the Sioux Village from Custer’s attack

Not Sitting Bull, who was a Medicine Man – not a War Leader, and did not participate militarily in the battle.

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2010 in Faux News, News

 

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Obama To Publish Children’s Book Dedicated to his girls

Is Dad the best… or What? Glad mine are old enough not to want Dad to write a book for them! Be a real hard act to follow.

Obama adds a children’s book to his publishing credentials

There’s yet one more book to file under “O” for Obama. “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters,” an illustrated children’s book titled by the president, will be released on Nov. 16.

According to the book’s publisher, “Of Thee I Sing” is “a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation – from the artistry of Georgia O’Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington.” The book will be illustrated by well known author and illustrator Loren Long (author of “Otis” and other children’s titles).

The publication of “Of Thee I Sing” completes a three-book, $1.9 million deal Obama signed with Random House while he was still an Illinois senator, including his earlier bestselling titles “Dreams from My Father” and “The Audacity of Hope.”

However, if there’s more room in the “Obama” section of your personal library, there’s no need to stop at books by the president. Quite a number of titles by members of the Obama family are now available. These include: a memoir called “Homeland” by the president’s halfbrother George; an upcoming children’s book called “Ladder to the Moon” by his halfsister Maya Soetoro-Ng; a memoir called “A Game of Character” by his brother-in-law Craig Robinson; and “Surviving Against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia,” the doctoral dissertation of his mother, S. Ann Dunham, which was published posthumously by Duke University Press last year.

And if that’s still not enough Obama for you, you can also look forward to a foreword by the president that will appear in Nelson Mandela’s private diaries, “Conversations with Myself,” due out in October, and an upcoming young-adult version of “Dreams from My Father.”

The Nov. 16 release of “Of Thee I Sing” has been carefully timed to ensure that the book lands in bookstores at just the right moment – two weeks after midterm elections but still in plenty of time for holiday shopping.

A 500,000-copy first printing is expected.

Marjorie Kehe is the Monitor’s book editor.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2010 in News

 

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