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. Puff the Magic Dragon

    Enjoy the downtime with your family, Mr Prez. The wackos on here who would wish you otherwise couldnt hold a candle to your job.

    August 24, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. JLS

    Does anybody really believe all this nonsense. Who cares what books, if any, he reads???
    Somebody needs to get a life, CNN.

    August 24, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Barbara T, Long Beach Ca

    is one of the readings... the unemployment listings? so he can see all the jobs he created throught the whopping useless filled with pork stimulous bill...

    what was the trip to the grand canyon, the trip with the family (we paid for all of this travel) to Europe, Africa and Russia... oh wait, americans don't have money to pay bills or buy food but its ok to travel the world on americans dime...but I do have to admit they are conserving money with those vegetables they planted in the back of the White House... it will cost the public thousands to replant and repair the lawn once the obamas are out of the office... smart!

    August 24, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. eddie123

    Lets remember Camp David, tours in Russia, then France and the family there and tours of an african counrty, then out west to national parks, and now a east coast beach. Oh, don't forget the "culture parties" at the white house. How about some work to make the health care readable to all???? How much does it cost to fly the air force one per hour??? Waste, like filying to Mexico to give money to the corrupt police.....they have our jobs there because of NAFTA and illegals take jobs here from college students. They need a vacation, I do not think so. Just think of all the money spent on this and unemployment is high here and so is the money running out in most states for unemployment checks.

    August 24, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. Lisa B in FL

    Ok. Listen up you idiots who are spewing on here that the President should "read the consitution....." He taught consitutional law at Harvard for years and was the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review. See what happens when you exclusively watch FoxNews. Idiots.

    August 24, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Tony

    Wow, liberals are so pathetic. You can't help bring up Bush whenever possible. It's like listening to a guy go on and on about his ex-girlfriend that dumped him. Get a life, losers! Bush moved on, time for you to as well. Obama is the cause of the country's problems now, not Bush.

    August 24, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. elana

    Hey CNN! You forgot to list his favorite book that he is reading right now: HOW TO OUTSMART THE MEDIA!!!

    August 24, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Slaton

    Didnt Obama study Constitutional Law at Harvard ? I think the chances are good that he has read it thoroughly.

    Have you ? Have you read all of the history that went into making it and the extension to it by means of case law since ? Probably not.

    August 24, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Tim

    Time to read books, but no time to read healtcare bills?

    August 24, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "he should read the healthcare bill he is trying to ram down our throats"

    So should all the misinformed fear-mongering shills the neocons send to the town halls. Fact is, it's 1,000 pages, a little longer than your average thick novel, but only like 50 words per page. The margins are like 2 inches all around and the print is huge. Anyone blabbering about it being too long etc etc probably can't get thru a Yogi Bear coloring book without a headache, let alone the funnies section of a rural newspaper, and shouldn't be allowed to comment unless and until graduating 5th grade.

    August 24, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Are these people ever NOT on vacation. First Europe, then Yellowstone, then whitewater rafting in Wyoming, then sight-seeing at the Grand Canyon, and this week……Martha's Vineyard. Wow! What a SWEET GIG!! Too bad we all have to pay for it.

    (You may notice the ol' community organizer isn't spending much time in troubled south Chicago these days.) ;-)

    August 24, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. Randy

    Hey, I've got a unique idea....how about Mr. Obama takes the time to read the health bill so he knows what's in it? Oh that's right, it's not really necessary since he plans on making the rules up as he goes along!

    August 24, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. elana

    You neglected to list his favorite book that he is reading right now: HOW TO OUTSMART THE MEDIA!!!

    August 24, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. bob

    must be another slow news day at CNN...get a life guys!!!

    August 24, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Joe Fattal

    Maybe after reading those books, he can read Mein Kampf a man struggle to socialism.

    August 24, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. MJ

    I agree. He should be reading the Health Care Proposals. The Constitution is another great idea! Maybe after that, The Bill of Rights.
    In all honesty – Really think this tidbit is a waste of space. Sloooooow News Day?

    August 24, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. Ed

    He better start with "The Complete Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics System".

    August 24, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. KJ

    Really? That fact that anybody actually cares about this, and that CNN seems to think this is news worthy is appalling. How about this Mr. President? How about apologizing to each and every American citizen, their children and their children's children for what you and the rest of our disgraceful government (Pelosi, Frank, Specter, etc...) have thrown upon them? How about each and every person that VOTED for the man apologize as well. As if we CARE what the man is reading!

    August 24, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. feel the heat

    President Obama can do asGeorge W did and have a librarian, read those books to him.

    August 24, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. JSL

    Read the writing on the wall...
    The republicans are there to obstruct, not offer any ideas/ solutions.
    They gave up governing back in the 80's.

    G ot
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    P lans

    August 24, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. reggiedistrictheights

    LOL at these responses. Great for monday reading.

    August 24, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. KD

    As long as we're talking vacations...where was all the indignation when W took his 977 (that's right, count 'em) vacation days? That does not even include his Sunday stay-cations when he happened to be in town. The double standard is shameful.

    August 24, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. Jim

    This article illustrates everything wrong with the ticker and news networks in general. This isn't news, its gossip.

    August 24, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. Keith in Austin

    What Nobama is reading at Martha's Vinyard is that his approval rating is plummeting like a rock!

    August 24, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. ETM

    The Obama haters are attacking the president now for taking a week's vacation. I wonder how many of these people attacked W when he took a month every year?

    As for those suggesting Obama read the Constitution, the health care bills, and "Atlas Shrugged", bear in mind that this president is a constitutional scholar, the health bills are not finalized (and in any case do not contain anything about "death panels") and "Atlas Shrugged" is intellectual garbage and literary trash.

    August 24, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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