August 24th, 2009
12:30 PM ET
5 years ago

What Obama's reading on the Vineyard

Obama plans to read five books on vacation, the White House said.
Obama plans to read five books on vacation, the White House said.

(CNN) - The White House has said President Obama plans to play golf and spend time with his family during his week away from Washington.

But it appears the president also wants to get some reading in: a lot of it.

White House spokesman Bill Burton told reporters Monday Obama's vacation reading list comprises five books, including tomes from New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and historian David McCullough.

In all, the books on Obama's list total around 2,300 pages - meaning the president would have to read close to 300 pages each day of his week-long vacation to polish off the list.

Should Obama prefer to listen to the books on his iPod, four are available in audio format with a total running time of nearly 40 hours.

Full list according to the White House:

"The Way Home" by George Pelecanos
"Hot, Flat, and Crowded" by Thomas Friedman
"Lush Life" by Richard Price
"Plainsong" by Kent Haruf
"John Adams" by David McCullough


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soundoff (257 Responses)
  1. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    Enjoy yourself Mr. President. Now you only have 1, 031 days before you catch up with the perennially vacant bush vacations.

    August 24, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. Steve

    Who cares! Let the man and his family enjoy their vacation. He needs the break to take time to think about how he's going to get all the snakes in the grass in Congress to get off their butt and do what's right for the country.

    August 24, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. Dan Holiday

    I didn't know he can read. I assumed that since he had no knowledge of how to run the country, how people feel about his socialist policies, and the general feeling of the anger citizens in this country, he must be able to read...lol. I guess it is narcissistic arrogance then and not illiteracy. : )

    August 24, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. Blembergmd

    I suggest he read the entire house bill on health reform.

    August 24, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. bush VICTIM!

    Have a wonderful time, GOD knows you deserve it having to duel those obstructionists republicans all the time. Please catch up on your energy so you can fight for the PUBLIC OPTION!

    August 24, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. republicans are evil!

    You deserve a vaca President Obama! But unfortunately you'll never catch up to bush's vacation times.

    August 24, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. doc

    he should really try and read the universal healthcare reform so atleast one person has.

    August 24, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Gary

    Hope they have a great vacation and it gives President Obama the chance to reflect on the healthcare reform that Americans truly want, namely:

    1. Serious malpractice reform.
    2. Outlaw insurance companies excluding preconditions.
    3. Shorten the patent life on new drugs by 1 to 2 years.
    4. Train more doctors/nurses/physical therapists etc.
    5. Private insurance that can operate across state lines.
    6. NO PUBLIC OPTION!
    7. NO NEW TAXES!
    8. NO HEALTHCARE RATIONING (especially no pressuring old people to take less care)
    9. Fix the economy and get Americans back to work, stop giving out free stuff (food, housing, healthcare) to adults who refuse to work.

    August 24, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. Enlightened Voter!

    Enjoy! You deserve it! Keep up the great work!

    August 24, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. Farrell in Houston

    The ignorant will always be among us and they always speak what they themselves don't know or understand. Mr. President is on vacation with his family, playing golf and reading books. GOT IT.

    August 24, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. joe smith

    better yet, what was he trying to stage in Montana; you know the 1,500 tickets, only 600 given out, the other 900 going to service employees union, shipped in..where's the real media in this country..

    August 24, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. Harvey Morris

    Now I can sleep tonight....

    August 24, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. Fed Up

    Must be nice to be able to go on vacation when there is so much unfinished business that needs to be addressed! Those people would NEVER make it in the real world.

    August 24, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. Steve - Connecticut

    When he finishes "John Adams", he needs to read "1776". Both are great books by a great author

    August 24, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. Scott, Tucson

    I imagine he already read the works of Karl Marx and really..who cares what he reads.

    August 24, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. Obama Victim

    Cummunist Manifesto???

    August 24, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. Brian0901

    he can read, unlike Bush.

    August 24, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. RCasson

    Enjoy your vacation Mr. President. I am so proud of you!

    August 24, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Anthony R. Seta

    I have the John Adams book on my pending "to read" list as well. I recommend the Friedman book though for the top of the list. Enjoy your vacation prez – you deserve it!

    August 24, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. makesUwonder

    People are dieing in Obama's war. This country is a total mess yet The President decides it's time for another vacation. If I were in his shoes the last thing I would be doing is vacationing. Sad The President doesn't feel the same way, but then he doesn't care does he.

    August 24, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. Idiot_Pelosi

    How about Accounting 1 where BO BO learns how to balance a spreadsheet?

    August 24, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. David

    Yeah, that's it! Read your books and ignore your wife and kids on vacation. I put the books down for vacation until the kids left the nest. Get real BO.

    August 24, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. Teresa

    Mr. President, please enjoy your vacation time and your family. Get geared up for the fight ahead of you. The majority of the American people voted for change and are behind you 100%. Do what needs to be done, instead of what is politically expedient. I know you will. Thanks for all of your hard work. A vacation that is well deserved. :)

    August 24, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. LacrosseMom

    Have a wonderful vacation, Mr. President & family. YOU deserve the break from fighting the Good Fight!

    HOPE TRUMPS FEAR, LIES & HATE EVERY TIME!

    August 24, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  25. Marshall

    Who Cares!

    August 24, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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