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2011: State Dept Spent $70K On Obama Books

From the archives of the Washington Times:

State Dept. spends $70K on Obama books

By Jim McElhatton | Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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.

They passed them out in Egypt as Christmas presents? How come that didn’t cause rioting?

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.

Another Muslim country that is currently rioting.

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. The purchases of Mr. Obama’s literary work mostly, but not always, took place in the months after Mr. Obama captured the White House

And presumably none from Hillary Clinton, either, even though she is now the Secretary of State. But that is undoubtedly because they are not great authors like Mr. Obama is.

But State Department spokesman Noel Clay said the book purchases followed regular government procurement rules. He said diplomats have long used books as a way to help broker talks on important foreign-policy matters.

Er, does that work exactly?

There’s no indication the White House knew about the purchases… Mr. Clay said book orders are normally made directly by embassies based on “their experience and knowledge on the ground of the intended audience.”

Right. The locals were clamoring for these books.

A White House spokesman did not respond to email messages.

The records show a mix of English and foreign language purchases of Mr. Obama’s books.

The U.S. Embassy in Indonesia spent more than $4,800 in September 2009 for copies of “Dreams From My Father” and “The Audacity of Hope,” though the title of the latter book is spelled “Authority of Hope” in the federal spending database. The embassy spent $3,885 for additional Indonesian copies of “The Audacity of Hope,” records show.

The U.S. Embassy in Turkey spent more than $3,700 in December 2009 for what purchasing records describe as “Copies of Barack Obama’s book in Turkish.”

Again, why so many books for Muslims countries? And what good have they done?

In March, the U.S. Embassy in Paris spent more than $8,300 for French language copies of “Dreams From My Father.” The embassy also spent more than $11,600 for French language copies of Mr. Obama’s children’s book, “Of Thee I Sing” …

Mr. Obama has earned far more writing books than he has earned holding government office. He reported from $1 million to $5 million in royalties in 2010 for “Dreams From My Father,” and between $100,001 and $1 million in royalties for “The Audacity of Hope.”

If he earned 10 percent royalties on roughly $60,000 in purchases of his books by the State Department, excluding the children’s book, he could expect to pocket $6,000. It’s a tiny slice of Mr. Obama’s overall earnings, though still a sizable chunk to most Americans, whose median household income in 2009 was just over $50,000.

According to financial-disclosure forms, Mr. Obama earns royalties of 15 percent of the U.S. price for hardcover sales for “The Audacity of Hope” and 7.5 percent for trade paperback book sales. He reported between $100,001 and $1 million in royalties for “The Audacity of Hope.” …

Books most bought by unions and libraries and other Democrat outposts.

Jim Wright must be green with envy. And, of course, mold.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, September 24th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “2011: State Dept Spent $70K On Obama Books”

  1. ilzito guacamolito says:

    None of this surprises me. What still does, however, is that a 43 year-old who, having accomplished nothing, had enough material for two memoirs. That is one enormous ego.

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    Recall Jim Wright resigned as speaker for royalties from gov’ bulk purchases of his book.

  3. Mithrandir says:

    You didn’t write that! Someone else wrote that! (Bill Ayers)

    You didn’t earn that, your royalties were stolen from taxpayers!

    If these books are so good, why don’t these countries just purchase them? Why do WE have to buy them, and hand them out as gifts? As I recall, Mein Kampf was given out as gifts to party members, and eventually replaced the Bible in churches.
    REMEMBER CREEPY HOLLYWOOD “I PLEDGE” video? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDvq7cvKogQ

    How many stupid, ignorant, weird things can you find in this video? I wonder how many of those liars kept ANY of their pledges? As you know about liberals, they make rules for OTHER people to follow.

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