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. Obama the Empty Suit

    I hope he learns something from all that reading. So far, it seems like the lights are on but no one is home where this guy is concerned. I think the expression is "Empty Suit."

    August 24, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. FL

    The liberals are supportive of Obama's multiple vacations now, when all they could do was criticize Bush for taking vacations. Conservatives supported Bush taking vacations and now complain about Obama. Both sides need to grow up a bit. The standard needs to be the same no matter which party is in office.

    John Adams is a good book. What took Obama so long to get to it?

    August 24, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. T'SAH from Virginia

    The Party of NO is still reading "Are you my Mother?"...LOL

    August 24, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. Todd

    if its not on the telepromter, he doesnt read it!

    August 24, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. b

    That's not a lot. I read "Gone with the Wind" in just over 10 hours. It's 1048 pages of double-columned print. I have no doubt that Mr. Obama can read all of these pages during his vacation. If he's like me, he is reading all of these books at the same time. I read different books in different locations simultaneously. Not a biggie.

    August 24, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. Beaver

    Sounds like a guy who has been to grad school!

    August 24, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. lance braun

    no president took more vacation time than George W.....................however, no president was as prolific of a reader as George W. (50-200 books a year). Go Obama

    August 24, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. JB - NYC

    now the press is questioning him?!?

    August 24, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. southerncousin

    I didn't get a vacation this year and am so tired when I get home from work I go right to bed, but then I have to pay taxes. I am one of Maxine Waters neanderthals. Hypocritical liberals.

    August 24, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. OneWiseGuy

    This is not news! It is nice to have a President who can read for a change though. The real news is how gullible those in the public who are opposing health care reform. How hard is it to understand that this is being done for YOU instead of the same old Washington way of making the rich people richer. Why is the insurance business spending so much money on defeating this.....because it is good for the people and bad for the money grubbing rich people who could care less about you and me.

    August 24, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. dharmesh

    Mr. President, you should read all bill as you promised during campaign.

    August 24, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Lisa

    For heaven's sake, all of the people who are saying that the President should not take a vacation now because there are so many important issues out there, he has two young daughters who go back to school soon. Do these people realize that many, many Americans took vacation this summer and he should also be able to do so. Last I heard there were telephones in Martha's Vinyard. I'm pretty sure he can talk to anyone he needs to and can be reached just as easily. Give the guy a break.

    August 24, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Tom O'Leary

    The President should read the Health Care Bills so he knows first hand exactly what's in them. He will be surprised to see the number of special interest articles. Also, the minimum he should support this year is:

    1. Elimination of pre-existing conditions and,
    2. Tort Reform...some cap is simply common sense. Without some cap, the entire capitalists society experiment will fall under the weight of litigation. Our forefathers could not have possibly envisioned how abusive out legal system would become.

    August 24, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Leslie

    George W. Bush had more vacation days as president than any other president in history. Ronald Reagan was second.

    So all you Obama Bashers need to shut up.

    The stock market is up over 3000 points since GWB left office, the economy is recovering and housing is on the rise.

    Democrats always have to come into office in order to clean up the mess from the Republicans.

    History keeps repeating itself!

    August 24, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. Beverly

    Gosh – some of you commenters are so mean. I doubt you could have accomplished one tenth of what he has in his time in office. It's not exactly a rosey job, you know, particularly with leftover crap he inherited.

    I personally wish the Obamas a happy, restful, envigorating, safe and enjoyable vacation.

    August 24, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. RealityKing

    "300 pages each day"
    Of America is fooled, we've already seen that what Obama says is not necessaily what Obama does..

    August 24, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. Wayne

    Wow! That's more than W.'s read in his lifetime! :)

    August 24, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. Bill Austin

    President Obama has only been on the job for just over 7 months, give theman a break. Unlike George W. Bush, Mr. Obama is working 7/24 on issues that have meaning to people, especially the working and middle class people in the USA.

    August 24, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. worriedmom

    Why not read the Health Bill! Who cares what this guy reads, i guess just his adoring, kool aid drinking fools!

    August 24, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. Bill Austin

    Keep up the good work, President Obama. Mr. Obama has worked harder in his first 7 months as President than did George W. Bush worked in 8 years.

    Lighten up people. Rome wasn't built in a day. Give our new president a chance and support him as needed.

    August 24, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Bill Austin

    President Obama has only been on the job for just over 7 months, give the man a break. Unlike George W. Bush, Mr. Obama is working 7/24 on issues that have meaning to people, especially the working and middle class people in the USA.

    Keep up the good work Mr. President. Take all the vacation you need.

    August 24, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. owenmichael

    He should read "The People Factor: Strengthening America by Investing in Public Service" by Harvard Professor Linda Bilmes and VA Deputy Secretary W. Scott Gould. This book should be mandatory reading for anyone in government, since it explains how to motivate the 2 million federal workers who are charged with implementing anything and everything he wants to do!

    August 24, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. MVBADBOY

    All the news thats fit to print! Come on , CNN!

    August 24, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. daisy

    LOL. The man can't even READ without getting crap for it.

    Awesome.

    August 24, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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