If you’re my age, you’ll remember “Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung,” better known as simply “the little red book.” It was all the rage in China, during the 1960s and 70s. You may also remember Muammar el-Gaddafi’s manifesto, “The Green Book.” Now it looks like we have “the little blue book,” to join its red and green counterparts.
Pocket Obama, from History Company
Apparently the History Company makes furniture and decorations with an historical theme. Here is the official description of this latest Barack Obama souvenir:
Printed in a size that easily fits into pocket or purse, this book is an anthology of quotations borrowed from Barack Obama’s speeches and writings. POCKET OBAMA serves as a reminder of the amazing power of oratory and the remarkable ability of this man to move people with his words. His superb and captivating oratory style has earned comparisons to John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, and this historic collection presents words that catapulted his remarkable rise to the American Presidency. It is an unofficial requirement for every citizen to own, to read, and to carry this book at all times.
The little blue book includes themes of democracy, politics, war, terrorism, race, community, jurisprudence, faith, personal responsibility, national identity, and above all, his hoped-for vision of a new America. POCKET OBAMA is a portable, everyday primer for readers who want to examine the substance of his thought and reflect on the next great chapter in the American story.
I read about this item last Monday, but said nothing because I thought it was a joke. Now I’m not so sure. Quinn & Rose, two conservative talk show hosts, think the book is real, and yesterday I heard them speculate on what kind of quotes might be in it. Like the one where Obama said he had campaigned in fifty-seven states, or the one where he talked about bitter Pennsylvania voters clinging to their guns and religion. Meanwhile, Michelle Malkin said that “If it’s a joke, it’s a darned good one.”
The good news (maybe) is that Amazon sold out the copies it had, so the little blue book is not available from Amazon at this time.
My response if this: If the book is real, releasing it this soon is sending out the wrong message. I’m assuming that Obama supporters wrote it, but for crying out loud, your man has only been president for eight days! What has he done in that amount of time?
- He took the oath of office a second time, because the Chief Justice messed up on Inauguration Day.
- He got most of his cabinet approved by the Senate, despite the issues some of them have, like a treasury secretary not paying his taxes.
- He announced that he wants to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay (“Club Gitmo”) within a year.
- He said he still wants our troops out of Iraq within sixteen months.
- He has been selling the idea of an $825+ billion economic stimulus package to Congress.
- He announced that he is in favor of embryonic stem-cell research, unlike his predecessor.
- He gave his first interview as president, to an Arab news network.
And that’s it. For better or for worse, it looks like he plans on keeping his promises. But it’s too early to tell if they will succeed or fail, so isn’t it jumping the gun by celebrating his achievements now? Even worse, the book confirms the worst fears of folks on the right like me, who are afraid that the voters put a communist in the White House. During the election I even saw some photoshopped pictures comparing Obama with Stalin and Mao, like this one:
Whether this is a real book or a joke, I find the timing of it culturally revolting (if you’ll pardon the expression).