The US State Department is spending more than $70,000 on books authored by Barack Obama. The officials are sending the books out for Christmas gratuities and for stocking “key libraries” around the world.
The Washington Times reported:

The State Department has bought more than $70,000 worth of books authored by President Obama, sending out copies as Christmas gratuities and stocking “key libraries” around the world with “Dreams from My Father” more than a decade after its release.

The U.S. Embassy in Egypt, for instance, spent $28,636 in August 2009 for copies of Mr. Obama’s best-selling 1995 memoir. Six weeks earlier, the embassy had placed another order for the same book for more than $9,000, federal purchasing records show.

About the same time, halfway around the world, the U.S. Embassy in South Korea had the same idea and spent more than $6,000 for copies of “Dreams from My Father.”

One month later, the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, spent more than $3,800 for hardcover copies of the Indonesian version of Mr. Obama’s “The Audacity of Hope,” records show.

A review of the expenditures in a federal database did not reveal any examples of State Department purchases of books by former Presidents George W. Bush or Bill Clinton.

These same books were recently banned from the US government’s most secure prison for objectionable content.

The federal government’s most secure prison has determined that two books written by President Barack Obama contain material “potentially detrimental to national security” and rejected an inmate’s request to read them.

Ahmed Omar Abu Ali is serving a 30-year sentence at the federal supermax prison in Florence, Colorado, for joining al-Qaida and plotting to assassinate then-President George W. Bush. Last year, Abu Ali requested two books written by Obama: “Dreams from My Father” and “The Audacity of Hope.”

But prison officials, citing guidance from the FBI, determined that passages in both books contain information that could damage national security…

…Prison officials cite specific pages – but not specific passages – in the books that they deem objectionable. They include one page in Obama’s 1995 book, “Dreams from My Father,” and 22 separate pages in his policy-oriented 2006 book, “The Audacity of Hope.” It was not immediately obvious what passages might have been deemed problematic, though nearly half of the pages cited are in a chapter devoted to foreign affairs.

 

 

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  1. Mein Kampf part deux!

  2. Well that one way to sale books “you can lead a horse to water but you can”t make it drink”.

  3. Money in O’s pocket. Good grief.

  4. What about “Drones are Us, How OLoser plans to get back to 51%”? hehehehehe

  5. No doubt Obama is making a pretty penny off the sale of these books. What makes Obama think anyone with half a brain would be interested in those books. They just help expose Obama as an Indonesian citizen when he attended school in Indonesia – an America citizen free-zone at the time. When you listen to the morons on MSNBC, you realize there are so many too stupid to even figure that one out.

    It seems Perry may be alluding to the fact that Obama may not be legit as he hasn’t seen Obama’s birth certificate or grades.

  6. The State Department is under the Executive Branch (President). So, Government employees are purchasing books from their boss’ side business – with taxpayer money. They are putting money directly into their boss’ pocket with our money.

    How can this be legal?

  7. What do you expect with Hillary as Sec State. Can’t wait for her to buy a million copies of her hubby’s bio. USIS is useless and needs to be abolished.

  8. “The US State Department is spending more than $70,000 on books authored by Barack Obama.”

    So, what is Obama’s skim, err, royalty?

    BTW, the books were published on the net by Barry during his first campaign, couldn’t they just get it PDF, gratus…

    Serious Question: No to be a birther, but has anybody ever found any Hawaiian imagery in Obama’s books? They do have have an impressive local cultural environment there, probably more unique than anywhere else in all the 57 states.

  9. Only 15 more months of this azzwipe. Unfortunately, he will hang on like a bad rash ala Jimmah Cartah.

  10. So, Government employees are purchasing books from their boss’ side business – with taxpayer money. They are putting money directly into their boss’ pocket with our money.

    And the topper is he didn’t even write the book.

    Stranger. Than. Fiction.

  11. The news item does not reveal who ordered the books, purchased and sent around the world. Did Obama specifically send out the memo that my books will be distributed as the report states? Must have been some underling who suggested it for points with Obama, and said OK.
    If Obama ordered it , a real sign of insecurity and vanity, which I find unsettling. The man is a strange one, I must say.

  12. Many bestsellers are simply books people are made to think they must buy, so they buy them and stick them on the coffee table. They often don’t read them. and that was probably the case with Obama’s (some say Ayer’s) Dreams of My Father. If people had read it, the MSM would not have been able to whitewash him as “post-racial”.

    For example: “The emotions between the races could never be pure; even love was tarnished by the desire to find in the other some element that was missing in ourselves. Whether we sought out our demons or salvation, the other race would always remain just that: menacing, alien, and apart.”

    Oh, there is also this:

    “The person who made me proudest of all, though, was Roy. Actually, now we call him Abongo, his Luo name, for two years ago he decided to reassert his African heritage. He converted to Islam, and has sworn off pork and tobacco and alcohol.” [Last page or Dreams from My Father]

    There are sections of his book that are very racist against white people. It is the

  13. Oops (sorry)! There are some sections that are very racist against white people:

    “I FOUND A SOLACE IN NURSING A PERVASISVE SENSE OF GRIEVANCE AND ANIMOSITY AGAINST MY MOTHER’S RACE.”

    It is a very telling comment.

  14. Someone in those libraries must have been very naughty to be getting such a ‘gift’ for Christmas. Must be the new coal.

  15. He is Historic, never before a Black man and his book, amazing and what a change and hope all around.

    MONEY MONEY MONEY, and the King of a men, soars to new heights. BARFING.

  16. One thing appears certain. STANLEY ANN DUNHAM……seems to have had far better ….FOREIGN RELATIONS……than Opie.

  17. No wonder we are broke and Barry is not.

  18. Every embassy that stocks these books should have their supply of toilet paper cut off until all of the books have been “properly disposed of”…. :roll:

  19. How the hell could anything in a pseudo autobiographical musing book written by someone else have ANY “national security risk info?” When was it published? Was he US senator? Did he reveal Senate priviledged info?
    What is anyone to make of those statements? Is the book some big code cipher? Does seems very odd a terrorist in high security would want it.

    On more mundane grounds, AT BEST start with the US taxpayer is paying for books that give Obama royalities. THe Chicago Way. The BBC reported that HIllary hands out HER book as a an official diplomatic gift.
    Ugh.



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