Dear Mr. President-elect, Start reading.

Dear Mr. President-elect, Start reading.

There are 41 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Nov 1, 2008, titled Dear Mr. President-elect, Start reading.. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize winners recommend books to help you after your inauguration.

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KAG

Wadsworth, IL

#1 Nov 1, 2008
TAKEOVER by pulitzer-prize winner Charles Savage is an important book, and totally ignored by our lazy, GOP-run media.

The book shows how Bush/Cheney repeatedly violate the constitution and grab more power with illegal signing statements aimed at negating Congressional law. Naturally, these lying snakes get away with it, but really should have been impeached. Not for their miserable failures in every area, but for their naked violations of the Constitution which they swore to uphold.
John

United States

#2 Nov 1, 2008
I opened this article thinking that there was actually going to be a good list of books--bummer.
Jim

Dolton, IL

#3 Nov 1, 2008
Actually there should be two separate lists, one for Obama and another for McCain. I would suggest the US constitution for McCain, Obama used to teach it. Both should read "Critical Condition, How Health Care in America Became Big Business and Bad Medicine", and Keynes "The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money". Edmund Morris' "Theodore Rex" is an example of a president's ability to lead a country and end a useless war.
Col Jeffrey Pumpernickel

Lowell, IN

#4 Nov 1, 2008
where the #!@_&?! were you with something like this
for Mister Worst President Ever Boosh who prob'ly
hasn't EVER read a book except The Pet Goat?

what a nerve, talk about yer drive-by media.

shame on you Tribune, you blow tiger chunks.
Effie

United States

#5 Nov 1, 2008
amazing. not a one about the terror threat we face in the world today (but several, of course, noting how evil we are to fight against it). might I put forth a theory that the authors are left wingers more concerned with how their fellow leftists view us than whether our government actually protects us?
Jim

Dolton, IL

#6 Nov 1, 2008
Effie wrote:
amazing. not a one about the terror threat we face in the world today (but several, of course, noting how evil we are to fight against it). might I put forth a theory that the authors are left wingers more concerned with how their fellow leftists view us than whether our government actually protects us?
One reaps what ones sows, it is often said. We Americans brought this upon ourselves, selecting fools for president, like Reagan. Reagan's CIA director William Casey, who banked Osama bin laden and brought al queda together. The CIA wanting to tangle up the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, bankrolled bin laden and thought it a great idea to bring Islamist fanatics together to fight the Soviets. I sit here finding myself doubting whether you can understand this, I don't mean to degrade you, maybe you are just unwilling to grasp the truth. Anyway, regardless of who is the next president, next year we will be leaving Iraq! We can't afford it, especially with our economy, 10 billion dollars a month is unaffordable. It's ironic, the US assembled al queda to bankrupt the USSR and it worked, now what our government assembled is bankrupting the US.
Effie

United States

#7 Nov 1, 2008
jim, do you get your talking points from Kos or is he too right wing for you? the finance bin laden lie was put away a long time ago. same for financing AQ. these are lies that I hope the next president puts aside-my fear, however, is that at least one candidate drinks from the same cup as you. think for yourself-don't just regurgitate stuff from counterpunch.
wmb

Grand Rapids, MI

#8 Nov 1, 2008
That about covers the left wing of the library.

“<insert witty comment here>”

Since: Jul 07

Chicago, IL

#9 Nov 1, 2008
KAG wrote:
TAKEOVER by pulitzer-prize winner Charles Savage is an important book, and totally ignored by our lazy, GOP-run media.
The book shows how Bush/Cheney repeatedly violate the constitution and grab more power with illegal signing statements aimed at negating Congressional law. Naturally, these lying snakes get away with it, but really should have been impeached. Not for their miserable failures in every area, but for their naked violations of the Constitution which they swore to uphold.
You owe me the rental on a carpet cleaner, because I did a spit take when I read "GOP-run media." That's got to be the funniest, and simultaneously saddest thing I've read all day. You win the "Oh Yeah" Kool-Aid award for the week.
IMHO

Chicago Heights, IL

#10 Nov 1, 2008
Effie wrote:
jim, do you get your talking points from Kos or is he too right wing for you? the finance bin laden lie was put away a long time ago. same for financing AQ. these are lies that I hope the next president puts aside-my fear, however, is that at least one candidate drinks from the same cup as you. think for yourself-don't just regurgitate stuff from counterpunch.
i believe it's that the CIA bankrolled the taliban to fight the Russians in afghanistan. http://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Wars-Afghanistan-... an amazing, amazing book.

the same author has written about the bin ladens. http://www.amazon.com/Bin-Ladens-Arabian-Amer... the book is in my amazon shopping cart.
Effie

United States

#11 Nov 1, 2008
IMHO-do you understand that the Taliban was a movement that formed well after the Soviets were driven from Afghanistan? certainly, you are correct that the United States backed people fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan, just as Bin Laden, the Saudis and all sorts of others backed factions. there is no evidence we funded Bin Laden-why would we have to, he has his own money. of course, the above might require being able to follow a logical train of thought and wean off Kos. but, getting back to the real point, there are multiple books on the global warming hoax, multiple books on how evil we are, but not one that would educate or enlighten the President about the very real dangers we face in the world. It's a group of left wing looking back books-might we have something that looks forward?
sarcastic teenager

Bedford Park, IL

#12 Nov 1, 2008
Effie wrote:
IMHO-do you understand that the Taliban was a movement that formed well after the Soviets were driven from Afghanistan? certainly, you are correct that the United States backed people fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan, just as Bin Laden, the Saudis and all sorts of others backed factions. there is no evidence we funded Bin Laden-why would we have to, he has his own money. of course, the above might require being able to follow a logical train of thought and wean off Kos. but, getting back to the real point, there are multiple books on the global warming hoax, multiple books on how evil we are, but not one that would educate or enlighten the President about the very real dangers we face in the world. It's a group of left wing looking back books-might we have something that looks forward?
OK,the suspense is killing us-- are you going to recommend a book now?
Nancy

Pueblo, CO

#13 Nov 1, 2008
A very simple read: by George Orwell
Animal Farm
Scott

Chicago, IL

#14 Nov 1, 2008
stoopid
Jane

Coeur D Alene, ID

#15 Nov 2, 2008
How about Atlas Shrugged for Mr. Obama.
mom

Bartlett, IL

#16 Nov 2, 2008
Obama doesn't read books, he writes them. About himself no less, although he has not done much yet. And when the economy is in the tank, he spends money for his own television show when he could be distributing HIS wealth to the needy. Not to mentions the $$$$$ being spent to throw himself a party on Nov 4. And the Hudson murders prove, once again, that the high crime areas in Chicago still need a community organizer that can make difference for them! This is going to be interesting.
The Watcher

Chicago, IL

#17 Nov 2, 2008
Yeah right....
maybe the new guy could try squeezing in a real short one.

Anthem - Ayn Rand
The Watcher

Chicago, IL

#18 Nov 2, 2008
Jane wrote:
How about Atlas Shrugged for Mr. Obama.
Jane,
Isn't this the same guy who balked when questioned about his comment that Selfishness should not be seen as a Virtue? Unfortunately for all of us, I doubt he would have any Ayn Rand on his bookshelf or "must read" list.
Ron

Wheaton, IL

#19 Nov 2, 2008
"Forever" Judy Bloom
Matt

Frankfort, IL

#20 Nov 2, 2008
Jim wrote:
<quoted text>We can't afford it, especially with our economy, 10 billion dollars a month is unaffordable. It's ironic, the US assembled al queda to bankrupt the USSR and it worked, now what our government assembled is bankrupting the US.
We should pull out and let Iran take it over. Makes sense to me. Ridiculous how willing people are to put National Security on the back burner. Rogue nations are closer than ever to developing nuclear weapons and we have a choice to elect the strongest candidate on foreign policy in recent memory, or the weakest. Dennis Miller was right, better to be insolvent than dead.

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