No Obama at the Bookstore: A Sign of the Times?

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I witnessed a miracle today, I think. I sauntered into the bookstore, one of my favorite places on the planet, and much to my shock and awe, I did not see single monument of books dedicated to Barack Obama anywhere in the store. Not at the front entrance. Not in the Special Events section. Not in the Children’s section. Nowhere. Even more shocking was the table full of volumes front and center in the store that featured presidential books on Presidents past and present — Reagan, Clinton, Jefferson, Lincoln, even Carter — but not a one about Barack Obama.

On its face this may not seem all that earthshattering. But consider, if you will, that every time I have visited a bookstore in the past two years — since long before the 2008  election — I have been assaulted upon entrance with literary monuments erected to the greatness and grandeur that is Barack Obama. Books by him (his many autobiographies detailing his illustrious life), books lauding him, and gorgeously illustrated children’s books painting him as a godlike child destined one day to take over the greatest, though most misguided, nation on the earth.

I have tried valiently to ignore these monuments, but today I didn’t have to. The monuments were nowhere to be found. The only hint of his former omnipotence was the cover of Mad Magazine, in which a grinning Alfred E. Newman sported a shirt suggesting that he once “hearted” Obama, but that time has passed. If Alfred is any indication, maybe the absence of this overexposed President from the bookstore today was indeed a sign of the times. I hope so. Perhaps the minions who once “hearted” Obama for such wild and unknown reasons, have now, like Alfred E. Newman, seen the light. We can surely hope.

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  1. Paul Murray
    Posted May 18, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    We can only hope