April 29th, 2009
04:14 PM ET
3 years ago

What is President Obama reading?

President Obama is reading the acclaimed 2008 novel 'Netherland.'
President Obama is reading the acclaimed 2008 novel 'Netherland.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – What's President Obama reading these days?

In an interview for the upcoming issue of the New York Times magazine, the president said he's grown tired of briefing books and has been spending his evenings with Joseph O'Neill's 2008 novel "Netherland."

The acclaimed book, published last May, tells the story of Hans van den Broek, a Dutch financial analyst living in lower Manhattan who grows increasingly alienated from his wife following the September 11 attacks. During their separation, the main character spends a summer alone in New York and strikes up a friendship with a wily Trinidadian businessman named Chuck, who helps Hans re-discover his childhood love of cricket.

Reviewers likened the book to the Great Gatsby after its release. It won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 2009.


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  1. virginia nielsen

    We know that he reads a lot !!! Good for us and for our country !!! What a difference !!! A President with a high intellectual level and that works all day , every day for us, the AMERICAN PEOPLE !!!

    April 29, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. The Film Professor

    It is incredibly refreshing to again have a President who likes to read.

    April 29, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. Brandon

    Watch – soon the right wing nuts will flood this comment section with "WHY ISN'T HE DOING HIS JOB?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!1111". It's what they do. I would dare suggest that they would rather their first black president have no hobbies whatsoever, and just be working all of the time...you know, like a slave?

    Old attitudes die hard, I guess.

    April 29, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. seebofubar

    I hope he's reading "How to Interview For a New Job" cause there's no way he's going to keep this one long.

    April 29, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. debinaz

    a telepromter? thats all he ever reads......for a man that is so well educated one would think he could memorize some of his speachs..

    April 29, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. truth is liberal sort of

    I can't believe he already finished Chaves' book..

    April 29, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. lois

    He has grown tired of briefing books. Uh-oh.

    April 29, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Obama is not for the American people; he's all about himself.

    April 29, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. Agirl

    He actually reads something that's not on his teleprompter? Imagine that.

    April 29, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. Bob in Pa

    How about the US Tax Code, or maybe the 2010 Budget. Who cares what he's reading for pleasure.

    April 29, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. Jimbo46

    President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela gifted President Obama with the book "Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent", written by Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano. I would like to know if Obama has read it and what he thinks of the issues raised by this scholarly work.

    April 29, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. Schneider (I) - CA

    I'm sure that he's read most of them, again, with a great appreciation for the press, for the media – specifically, he's read all of them, any of them that have been in front of him over all these years. I'm sure he has a vast variety of sources where he gets his news.

    April 29, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. No More Incumbents

    Hopefully Economics 101........

    April 29, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. Alex

    Maybe he should check out the book Chavez gave him... Or David Ray Griffin's "9/11 Contradictions"...

    April 29, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. Eva, VA

    Okay – there it goes up the Amazon.com ranks!

    April 29, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  16. Paul from Kissimmee

    I think he's secretly reading the book that Chavez gave him.

    April 29, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. victor from long island

    teleprompter

    April 29, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. Proud to be an American

    What's wrong with reading the teleprompter? It's a convenience that he rightfully takes advantage of, as he should. Every president has used a teleprompter or reads from note cards. Trying giving an unprepared speech yourself and see how well it goes.

    Get a grip people all you haters. It's been 100 days...so what? What have you done in 100 days to help make this a better country? Stop complaining and start doing something to make a difference in our country. Love it or leave it! It's a free country and the president can read whatever he wants, whenever he wants.

    April 29, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. Mick

    Ahh the bitterness. I can almost hear the voice of the emperor from star wars...

    April 29, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  20. hopefully better than our last 8 year old pres

    who liked his books on tape, not paper

    April 29, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  21. Mary

    Nadine Bock....President Obama is certainly proving that it is certainly all about him. From his ridiculous comments of : "guess what, we won" whenever anyone questions or opposes his views, to the selfish demand of having his own blackberry. All this on the tail of economic distress and murdering in almost every country. And what is the deal with his dog? Good grief! It's only a matter of time before all of us realize what a dud he really is. Come on America. Wake up already!

    Please clarify why President Obama is a dud. Please, give us some specific examples of why he is a dud. And, please make sure that these examples are verifiable.

    April 29, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  22. Nadine Bock, wake up

    Nadine Bock, I think it is you who is in a coma.

    Perhaps it was all that hot air Glen Beck was spouting? In any case, you have been brainwashed by the hannity propaganda network and have lost your common sense – shame, really.

    WAKE UP!

    April 29, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  23. Julie Burgeson

    Find a Tea Party near you on July 4th. If we don't step up and take a stand we will be a socialized country. How sad for our gandchhildren who depend on us.

    April 29, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
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