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. Mississippi Mike

    Great! So our president is already tired of doing the job he campaigned four years to get. Not only has he done a lousy job in his first 100 days, he's already tired of it. Really encouraging.

    April 29, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Robin

    Mein Kampf?

    April 29, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Doug, New Jersey

    Well we all know his favorite reading material and the one that he is using to define his presidency and the nation he wants the USA to be. It says Marx on the cover and it ain't about the 80's singer Richard!!!

    How people can believe that change can be based off of a book written in the 1850's shows how gulible and brainwashed libs really are.

    April 29, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. Jay

    He's reading the teleprompter, word for word...even when it's wrong.

    April 29, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. Supergirllondon@twitter

    I'm impressed he has the time to reading books

    April 29, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. Paul

    Teleprompters – when they are working. Otherwise – stammering.

    April 29, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Patriot Guy

    A TELEPROMPTER, OF COURSE!! :-)

    April 29, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Ocho Rios

    When does he find time to read....look at the economy .....this is crazy..
    Love you Mr. President! ha ha ha

    April 29, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Tim

    That's easy, the teleprompter.

    April 29, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. Obama Victim

    Communist Manifesto??

    April 29, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. 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!

    April 29, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. Marc in Virginia

    I guess he finished reading The Communist Manifesto.

    April 29, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. James R

    His polls.

    April 29, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. AndyL

    What's he reading? That's easy, the tele-prompter

    April 29, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Sweet Cee

    I am buying that book on my way home.

    April 29, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Jackie in Dallas

    What a welcome relief that we have a President who not only CAN read, but likes to read.

    President Obama, if I may make a suggestion, I've read two books that are fascinating, by the same author. One is the "Speed of Dark" (a story of what it is like to be an autistic adult), and the other is "Remnant Population" (a story of what it is like to be an older survivor) - both by Elizabeth Moon. "Dark," in particular, makes it clear what living with autism is like. Ms Moon has an autistic son, and writes from family experience. Both books have won awards, and I truly think you could enjoy both.

    April 29, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. Gene

    Better than any endorsement from Oprah.. you know that book is going to hit #1 on Amazon now :)

    April 29, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. Noonie

    Wow, a president who actually knows how to read??! What a nice change.

    April 29, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. Open Your 3rd Eye

    Um, who cares?

    Yea, Obama is the man.

    But really, who gives a D.

    April 29, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. just another "arrogant" American

    The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx, I'm sure. Oh yeah, and that book Hugo Chavez gave him. Now Obama will have some quotes to use when he apologizes for America's evil ways.

    April 29, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. Steve

    Answer: the teleprompter

    April 29, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. HouseDiva

    it's a nice change to have a president who actually reads. I am also glad that president Obama's response wasn't "all of them" when asked what does he read....you betcha! ;)

    April 29, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. dave

    When will Rush tell me what to think about this

    April 29, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. Chris

    OK cool!! Now back to the briefings...LOL....

    April 29, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. No Incumbents 2010

    The Communist Manifesto and all the popularity polls.

    April 29, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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