46 Anti-Obama Books Published in Two Years

October 28th, 2010 at 1:44 am | 10 Comments |

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The Daily Beast reports:

Hating President Obama has become its own industry—and here’s a new stat to prove it: To date, there have been at least 46 anti-Obama books published.  I’m not talking about thoughtful criticisms of his policies, but detailed demonizations of the president. These screeds cannot help but have an impact on the typically low-turnout, high-intensity midterm elections that will take place Tuesday.

It’s also evidence that the proliferation of Obama Derangement Syndrome has out-paced Bush Derangement Syndrome—big time. At this point in Bush’s presidency there were only five anti-W books (a total no doubt depressed by the national unity that emerged in the wake of 9/11).  It took Bush until November of 2004—the culmination of his contentious re-election campaign – to hit 46.

And while hating Bill Clinton was both a sport and a pastime on the far-right when he was in office, a rough count of anti-Clinton books this point in his presidency reached only 11, despite an approval rating in the mid-30s and the onset of the 1994 Republican Revolution.

I started wondering how many Obama attack books had been published when I saw David Limbaugh’s Crimes Against Liberty: An Indictment of Barack Obama at a bookstore a few weeks ago—at this point the titles all blur together in a manic mad-lib, always accusing Obama of something close to war-crimes against the American people.  With the help of research assistant Nicholas Anderson, I compiled a full list of anti-Obama books available on Amazon.com. Among the choice titles:

The Manchurian President: Barack Obama’s Ties to Communists, Socialists and other Anti-American Extremists; Barack Obama’s Plan to Socialize America and Destroy Capitalism; Obama’s Change: Communism in America; To Save America: Stopping Obama’s Secular Socialist Machine; How Barack Obama is Destroying the Military and Endangering Our Security; Obama: The Postmodern Coup—Making of a Manchurian Candidate; Trickle Up Poverty: Stopping Obama’s Attack on Our Borders, Economy and Security; The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America; and my favorite: Whiny Little Bitch: The Excuse Filled Presidency of Barack Obama.

Mixed among those books are works by radio show hosts who reach millions of listeners each week, columnists, commentators, bloggers, cranks and a former Speaker of the House who is thinking about running for president. You might not be able to distinguish between the self-published pathology and the semi-professional polemics—they are all fear-mongering for personal and partisan profit.  And that’s the larger point.

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  • pampl

    Hmm, it’s too bad they don’t say how well the median anti-Obama screed sells. I could use some spending cash.

  • CentristNYer

    These people can write? I have yet to receive a single anti-Obama email that hasn’t been crawling with bizarre misspellings and screwy grammatical flubs.

    One imagines that in an earlier age they would have been scrawled in crayon.

  • pampl

    He’s very easy for you to hate because you are a zealot. For healthy adults it’s a bit harder.

  • gah

    I am curious. What is your definition of a typical DC resident?

  • armstp

    46 books is that all? That cannot be right. I would have thought it would have been in the hundreds. I guess it depends on how you define; “anti-obama books”. It has been very fashionable and profitable to write-books tearing-down the President. I think many Tea-Party people are buying this books, but I am not sure how many are actually reading them. Most of these books could just as easily be filed in the comedy section at Barnes and Noble. Given that these types of books are primarily written to launch a political campaign through the book tours by those on the right I suspect we will see many more anti-Obama books. Hasn’t Palin alone written like 40 anti-Obama books?

  • balconesfault

    gah I am curious. What is your definition of a typical DC resident?

    Remember – he’s the “physical reminder of a typical DC resident”!

    That line somehow reminds me of this …

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y54FRMedT_s

    I’m just wondering how many copies of each of these books Bob Perry has bought?

  • gah

    Good point. Ah yes. I saw that video too.

    I assume that the commenter was making a reference to poor African Americans. A recent study found that DC is the best educated city in the country. I also wonder how many DC citizens he/she knows.

    I live in DC, and it is an amazing place to live.

  • forgetn

    Smarg:

    Oh, you’re “that kind” of Republican! I guess you still need your mommy to cross the street. BTW do you hate everyone, I get it you like those who do “God’s work” on Wall Street — the real wealth producers. Finally, FYI, Obama is not from DC, he’s from C-H-I-C-A-G-O via Hawaii.

    What a moron

  • balconesfault

    Obama is not from DC, he’s from C-H-I-C-A-G-O via Hawaii

    Actually, technically, from Hawaii via Chicago ;)

  • gah

    Hi Smarg, Clearly, my assumption about you was right, then? Seriously, I am not trying to be rude. I can’t tell for sure unless you mean African American thugs and super-breeders. I am a government worker (an inspector general’s office – the type of work republicans and democrats like) and I live in downtown DC with poor, rich, black, white, yellow, brown…etc. I have worked in wards 7 and 8 (You know what those are I assume.) during my last career as a non-profit employee. I’ve been all over the District by myself, and I am white, a woman, 5’2’’, and maybe 110 pounds. I’m not afraid, and most people I know aren’t. (As many of them work in the non-profit sector in low-income neighborhoods.)

    Please explain how you are familiar with DC. Do you live here or near here? My question was about how many District resident you know. So, how many? (Other than me now.)