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September 14, 2010

President Obama pens kids book: Of Thee I Sing

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President Barack Obama, no stranger to best-seller lists, will release a children's book, "Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters," on Nov. 16.

The 40-page book, which will have a $17.99 list price, is illustrated by Loren Long. It includes a "tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation," publisher Random House says. "From the artistry of Georgia O'Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington, President Obama sees the traits of these heroes within his own children, and within all of America’s children."

Publishing has been a lucrative sideline for Obama the politician. His federal tax return for 2009 showed that royalties from "Dreams from My Father" totaled about $3.3 million, and those from "The Audacity of Hope" totaled $2.3 million. By comparison, his salary as president was $400,000.

Random House says the book "celebrates the characteristics that unite all Americans, from our nation’s founders to generations to come. It is about the potential within each of us to pursue our dreams and forge our own paths."

Good luck uniting Americans on anything these days -- especially in the wake of the election. And it's worth noting that George W. Bush's memoir, "Decision Points," will be released just a week earlier, on Nov. 9.

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Dave Rosenthal came to The Baltimore Sun as a business reporter in 1987 and now is the Maryland Editor. He reads a wide range of books (but never as many as he'd like), usually alternating between non-fiction and fiction. Some all-time favorites: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; and anything by Calvin Trillin or John McPhee. He belongs to a book club with a Jewish theme.
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