Filed under: Foreign Policy, Liberalism, News the Media Doesn't Want You to Hear, The United States | Tags: "Dreams From My Father", "The Audacity of Hope", American Book Promotion
Despite Barack Obama’s world campaign tour, with his curious campaign speech in Berlin, and after his inauguration— the famous World Apology Tour and his Noble Peace Prize acceptance speech — U.S. embassies around the world apparently were concerned that foreigners did not know enough about the new president. According to the Heritage Foundation, “Embassies from France to Indonesia decided that the American taxpayer would like to give away copies of Obama’s two books — Dreams From My Father and The Audacity of Hope — for the entertainment of the locals.”
The State Department had been cutting back on costs, and closing American libraries overseas, yet The Washington Times reported last week that State had bought more than $70,000 worth of the two books for Christmas “gratuities” and stocking of “key libraries” around the world.
White House spokesman Jay Carney insisted that this was an “embassy based decision”, which “the White House didn’t have anything to do with.” The State Department insisted that this was “standard practice”, but the Times could find no record of previous presidents books being purchased. A spokeswoman for Citizens Against Government Waste called the program” inappropriate” and “propaganda”, but though it is certainly inappropriate, it isn’t propaganda — which would advance American ideas and values — but personal promotion for the president. Right in character though.