November 15th, 2009
01:58 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama adviser won't be buying Palin's new book

David Axelrod tells CNN that he'll borrow a copy of former Gov. Palin's new book.
David Axelrod tells CNN that he'll borrow a copy of former Gov. Palin's new book.

(CNN) – “Going Rogue,” the forthcoming memoir of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin may already be a bestseller but the former Republican vice presidential nominee won’t be getting a royalty from one Democratic politico.

Instead of purchasing his own, Obama adviser David Axelrod tells CNN he will borrow the much anticipated book from another veteran of the Obama campaign.

“I think I’ll borrow [former Obama campaign manager David] Plouffe’s copy,” Axelrod said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, “I don’t see why we both have to buy one.

“Once he’s done with it maybe he can summarize it for me or lend it to me and I’ll give it a look.”

Asked whether he thought President Obama wants to read Palin’s new book, Axelrod chuckled and said “I think the president’s pretty busy right now. I don’t know that that’s on his immediate reading list.

“He’s reading reams of papers related to the many issues that he has to confront so I’m not sure that will be at the top of his list right now.”

This is not the first time that Axelrod has expressed a lack of interest in all things Palin. Back in July, on the eve of Palin resigning as Alaska’s governor, Axelrod said he did not spend time thinking the former Republican vice presidential hopeful’s next move.

“I can tell you with absolutely honesty,” Axelrod said in July, “that when I sit around with my political friends . . . there’s very little or no discussion of Sarah Palin.”

“And I really have no idea what Gov. Palin is going to do,” the Obama aide told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. “She’s entering private life now. We wish her well and it’s up to her to decide what role she’s going to play in the future. She’s got plenty of advice, I’m sure. She doesn’t need mine.

Upated: 1:35 p.m.

soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Jacob

    The only way republicans can claim they are still a valid party is by electing Huckabee. If it's Palin or Romney they're as irrelevant as ever.

    November 15, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    Axelrod should not waste his time reading Palin's book. His time should be expended on more important matters.

    November 15, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Adalbert

    What is there to buy?

    November 15, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. American Expat

    I would not waste my time on it, bought or borrowed! First off, she did not write it - just let it out to a ghost writer. Secondly, it is probably rife with lies, which is her trade mark. The woman ought to go back to Alaska and take up shooting moose again, which is far better and more believable than shooting off her mouth!

    November 15, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Gail

    Hmm... Maybe there will one at the library to read!

    November 15, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. tasaad

    CNN is so obsessed with Sarah Palin, that when someone says they do not put reading her book at the top of their to do list, they think it is news?!?

    November 15, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Tanbiker2

    David Axelrod has the right idea. No one in their right mind should purchase Sarah Palin's ghost written book. After all you can read all you want about trailer trash in any local newspaper. Start with the police blotter and you'll get a good idea what life in the Palin family is like.

    November 15, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. Montana

    I wouldn't buy either, if anything I'd check it out from the library that is if it's not banned!

    November 15, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. John in Tampa

    I'll give her my advice. Shut up and take a job at Dunkin' Donuts.

    November 15, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Adam

    why is this newsworthy? I hate palin as much as the next person, but this was totally NOT worth the time reading. I dont care that a White House aide wont buy the book; yet he still may READ it.

    November 15, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Joe

    “Going Rogue,” the title of Sarah Palin’s erratic new memoir, comes from a phrase used by a disgruntled McCain aide to describe her going off-message during the campaign: among other things, for breaking with the campaign over its media strategy, its decision to pull out of Michigan and for speaking out about reports that the Republican Party had spent more than $150,000 on fancy designer duds for her and her family. In fact, the most sustained and vehement barbs in this book are directed not at Democrats or liberals or the press, but at the McCain campaign. The very campaign that plucked her out of Alaska, anointed her the G.O.P.’s vice presidential nominee and made her one of the most talked about women on the planet — someone who could command a reported $5 million for writing this book.....

    Just as Ms. Palin’s planned book tour resembles a campaign rollout — complete with a bus tour and pit stops in battleground states — so the second half of this book often reads like a calculated attempt to position the author for 2012. She tries to compare herself to Ronald Reagan, by repeatedly invoking his name and record. She talks about being “a Commonsense Conservative” and worrying about the national deficit. And she attempts to explain, rationalize or refute controversial incidents and allegations that emerged during the 2008 race.

    She can do all that but in my mind, the woman is nothing but a joke!

    November 15, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. Emma

    Palin is a great example of there being a huge gap in her personal image and her public image. Typically, a healthy, secure person feels able to take responsibility for limitations and admit their humanness. (As in owning one's own stuff rather than blaming and whining about others who presumably make them look less than perfect.)

    I do not plan to read Palin's book. I will be more than saturated with its contents by the media.

    November 15, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. kim

    Sarah Palin: Come back from what? She never really left the national stage since running on the GOP presidential ticket with John McCain. This is just another cynical ploy by a politician hoping to cash in on their fame and celebrity. Now if she can only get on the Home Shopping Network...

    November 15, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. chris is cali

    Sarah Palin's new book – Going Rogue: An American Life is 432 pages.

    Harper Collins (the publisher) probably asked her for more content...but recent history tells us that she probably quit writing her book a little more than half way through the process.

    November 15, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Mark

    Sarah Palin vaulted from unknown to international celebrity, a status she can probably retain as long as she desires. But no one but her true believers will take her seriously as a national candidate unless she finds a way to move toward the center, at least rhetorically. And that could diminish the ardor of her fan base. I suspect she will continue to be a powerful voice on the Right– one with as much if not more influence than Limbaugh and Beck. But can she put together a credible campaign and do well in Iowa and New Hampshire? Only if more credible GOP presidential candidates (all of them male, alas) crash and burn...

    November 15, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. kyra

    Yes, why kill two trees for Palin's comic book.

    November 15, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  17. Megan

    Sarah Palin was a one-hit wonder. She can sell a lot of books, or get a Fox gig, but she hasn't yet demonstrated anything close to mastery of either politics or public policy. The GOP has nothing to worry about, because it seems unlikely she will actually end up as a candidate for office.

    Besides, surely no one would vote for a presidential candidate who had less than four years in significant public office...

    She just has a company with the media. I am sure if it was Obama that lost the media would not be having him on air anymore...

    November 15, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. Plain Joe from da' back woods

    Go Sarah! Go! The words will likely burn all of the left wing eyes out like holy water on a demon...LOLOLOL.

    Nothing get the lefty looney base more fired up the everyday people; God Bless America!

    November 15, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. Tampa

    Sarah Palin is simply the Paris Hilton of the political area. All glitz, no substance. He has he book ghost written and refuses serious interviews. She doesn't understand a thing about healthcare or foreign matters, and she is quite simply not very smart. 5 schools to graduate with a degree in journalism. She doesn't want to be President, she doesn't wamt to run for president, whe wants to talk about running for President to make the big bucks and her time is now. She couldn't even govern Alaska. She is Dan Quayle in heels.

    November 15, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. Harvey

    With all due respect, how can you come back from some place you have never been? Sarah Palin is a figment of her own imagination. If Sarah Palin is the best we can produce then perhaps the days of greatness for America are over. We seem to have lowered the bar of intelligence so low that ignorance is a prerequisite to appealing to the masses. You need a license to drive an automobile, but to become an elected official in the U.S. you need only the ability to speak, and have somewhat of a personality. In my opinion that is an accident waiting to happen.

    November 15, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. mike

    self-styled MAVERICK a few months ago ashtonishingly has turned into a ROUGUE recently. It is not about her book. It is about her politics. In NY-23 she perfectly STARRED the role of a ROUGUE. She has shown to Republican leaders what a REALLY REAL ROUGUE CAN DO IN DESTROYING THE PARTY. She has successfully threw Scazzo out of the race. But this is the beginning. Next PREY will be in Florida. This means Sarah Palin has started the process of deflating the BIG TENT OF REPUBLICAN PARTY. My common sense tells me that the process of eliminating Scazzofa's will run faster than what pundits thought of. Why? Because, that is the only way out for Sarah to snatch away the Republican nomination. Of course, she knows, this elimination process will reduce her chance to win in any public office. Even I doubt, she can recapture the mayorship of Wassilla under current political tide. Oh yes! I did not say about her comeback. But when she left the field? She was in the field and she is in the field. The only thing changed is her priority. When she was maverick, good of the GOP was her mission. Now as rougue her mission is SELF-SERVICE at the cost of GOP. OH again. ROUGUEMANIA is paying divident.

    November 15, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. Naomi

    The GOP is sunk if Palin becomes the nominee for 2012. Don't get me wrong, she is not a terrible person or politician, and she has been unfairly maligned in the media. But she is not qualified to be President and among educated Independents Palin has become a joke. Palin should run for Senate and get some seasoning. I think she is capable of changing a lot of opinions about her, but it will take time.

    November 15, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  23. Jim

    This is a shameful attempt to stir up controversy. Even the title is a half-truth; "Obama adviser won't be buying Palin's new book" sounds more hostile than the more accurate title "Obama adviser may borrow Palin's book from friend"

    Whether Obama, or anyone else, reads or doesn't read Palin's book is not news. Stop pretending that it is important.

    November 15, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. Martha Hussein Baker

    According to the reviews I've read, this should be listed under "fiction" since she "goes rogue" with the truth on a number of occasions.

    November 15, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. Terry, TX

    Why is CNN talking about Palin with Alexrod.... how about the soldiers and baby and 30 gunned down....that were massacred by an Islamic Pyschopath Terrorist Hasan. CNN are you continuing to be politically correct.... and erasing the slaughter off your home pages.

    November 15, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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