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January 19, 2014

On the Road with Obama

David Remnick has a must-read profile of President Obama:

"When Obama leaves the White House, on January 20, 2017, he will write a memoir. 'Now, that's a slam dunk,' the former Obama adviser David Axelrod told me. Andrew Wylie, a leading literary agent, said he thought that publishers would pay between seventeen and twenty million dollars for the book--the most ever for a work of nonfiction--and around twelve million for Michelle Obama's memoirs. (The First Lady has already started work on hers.)..."

"Yet no post-Presidential project--even one as worthy as Ulysses S. Grant's memoirs or Jimmy Carter's efforts to eradicate the Guinea worm in Africa--can overshadow what can be accomplished in the White House with the stroke of a pen or a phone call. And, after a miserable year, Obama's Presidency is on the clock. Hard as it has been to pass legislation since the Republicans took the House, in 2010, the coming year is a marker, the final interval before the fight for succession becomes politically all-consuming."


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