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Top 7 Books for Barack Obama’s Remedial Reading List — Because a Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

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Posted on March 16 2011 6:00 am

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Mr. President,

This being a month with the letter “a” in it I am sure you will be taking another much-needed vacation soon. I note with interest that, along with the undersized girl’s bike and sensible helmet, you have lately taken to bringing books as well. This is a welcome trend inasmuch as knowledge is power — and your utterances of late have betrayed an energy crisis of an entirely different kind.

I am specifically referring to your many forays into history, economics and theology in your public pronouncements. These have some of us (primarily those who have studied history, economics and theology) scratching our heads like Inigo Montoya and muttering  ”I don’t think that means what you think it means.”

What I’m trying to say here is while you get full marks for reading books — or at least carrying them around in plain sight for the cameras — it is possible that your reading choices could benefit from a bit of a tweak. While I’m sure The Post American World by Fareed Zakaria is a stirring read, part of your job is to prove him wrong, and that probably won’t happen if you are nodding and smiling at the bits where we are overtaken by China.

Accordingly, in the spirit of “better to light a candle than curse the darkness”, and incidentally shore up a few areas where you might be a little behind the curve, herewith a few of my favorites for those lazy days when the bike has a flat tire and Michelle locks your golf-clubs in the closet.

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