August 24th, 2009
12:30 PM ET
9 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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  1. Beth

    First of all, I voted for Obama and still support him, but 6 months and this is his first vacation? Wasn't the big article the media could come up with last week about the length of Michelle's shorts on their "vacation" to the Grand Canyon? Also, Hawaii earlier in the year to visit family and a vacation to Africa to research their roots. Wish the rest of us in this economy could have the finances to travel like that. Oh yeah, we are the ones paying for their trips.

    August 24, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. twitwits are the new nitwits

    Most republicans are still trying to read"My Pet Goat".

    August 24, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Bruce

    Wish he would read "Atlas Shrugged."

    August 24, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Randy Nord

    I am impressed that Haruf's book is on his reading list. It's not flashy, but is so poignant and moving. Come to think of it, it is amazing that our president even knows that it exists. That speaks volumes about the quality of our president on so many levels. I would love to sit down and discuss this book with him, but that will never happen. Oh well. Try and relax, Mr. President, you deserve it!

    August 24, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Perhaps, while reading "John Adams," Mr Obama should keep in mind that one of the principal causes of the American Revolution was excessive taxation, along with other crimes by the government such as establishing "a multitude of New Offices, and [sending] hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance" and "For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent."

    August 24, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Dave

    Can you share that list with W? How about Sarah Palin?
    I think John McCain knew John Adams, so it may not be as relevant for him. (just joking on the last line).

    August 24, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Sandra

    Mr. Obama,

    You are a Great President.

    You are doing a Good Job.

    You Deserve a Vacation.

    August 24, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Travis In Colorado

    How much time off does Obama need? The only thing he's done since he got elected was go on a world apology tour, have a beer with a professor and a cop, and come up with an insanely stupid health care plan. And what's with the "obstructionist" Republicans? Last time I checked, Democrats held the majority in both houses of Congress, so they could pass anything they wanted. But guess what DUMBOcrats? It's people in your own party that don't want this plan. Even they don't agree with it. So I guess Republicans have gone from the party of NO to the party of reason! Ha ha. Take that dumbocrats.

    August 24, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. firewalker

    how about reading the health care bill you fool

    August 24, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Willy

    My Pet Goat rules.

    August 24, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. cbpds

    OB should read "How to be a sucessful president" 🙂

    August 24, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Matt

    Here's my suggestions:
    The Constitution
    Atlas Shrugged

    Maybe then we'd have some "hope" for some real "change".

    August 24, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Impressive

    Five books in one week, a wife and kids, the pressure of being POTUS. This is pretty impressive. The only downside is, is that more people (namely republicans) will become jealous of him.

    August 24, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. Happy reading Mr. Prez!

    Isn't it great to have an intelligent president who reads?

    As we saw in the campaign, Obama is a guy who takes advantage of short vacations and returns invigorated with new ideas. God knows we could use some of those. Working someone 24/7 doesn't get the best productivity in the long run (look at your fellow workers if you doubt this). It is well worth the tiny amount of tax money it costs.

    August 24, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Eddie

    Here, take a dime and call someone who cares>>>>>

    Hey, that goes to show how behind the times you are, everyone knows a call is now at least .50 or more.....

    OK, now you just how much I don't care!

    August 24, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. Chuckles

    "Bush read "adams"over 4 years ago…What was progressive Barrack doing…going to hear the Rev?"

    Funny, I didn't know they published that book in a Pop-Up version?

    August 24, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. addon

    Ah yes....the Repub's "....whaa whaa whaa"

    ...complain about everything. What miserable lives you lead. Even when the non-sentence completing nimrod named "W" was in office, we all just hoped for the day he would do something for the american people. NOT CHANCE!

    This president is working for everyday americans and you hate it. Grow up!

    August 24, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. Eddie

    Maybe uh uh uh uh we uh uh uh could get him to read a book on how to not say; uh uh uh uh

    August 24, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. Babaganusch

    Fortunate then that GWB cannot read, according to the liberals on this chat room. That way he can't be too badly stung by such sharp political commentary.

    Oops, fact check time. On this same chat room, liberals previously criticized GWB for reading too many books (reported in an article about the contests he had with members of his administration).

    Oh well, keep making things up when the facts don't suit your agenda.

    August 24, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. Boob McNutt

    I'm a publican and I was told to say he ought to read "Altas Shrug" because it's about how you can stop the whole country from doing anything if enough people just belong to a party of no. Also dont kill my granma.

    August 24, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. DJ

    Yeah this is so trivial who cares. Just something for the Republicans to whine about nothing again.

    August 24, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Steve

    He should read the Health Care bill!

    August 24, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. Post always rejected by CNN

    Gee what a wonderful article about NEWS.

    August 24, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. REF

    im not a fan of obama but no prez ever gets a vacation. they get briefings each and every day. so let him enjoy it. perhaps with congress and the prez on vacation no more harm will be done to our once proud country.

    August 24, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. candy

    The Way Home looks like an excellent read. His picks says alot about who he is as a person. He seems to have an interest in the human plight.

    August 24, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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