On Obama's nightstand: 'The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt'
By Scott Wilson
As he heads into the final phase of his push for health care reform, President Obama is brushing up on one of the first U.S. presidents to take on the issue: Teddy Roosevelt.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs tweeted Monday that Obama is reading "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" by Edmund Morris. Gibbs was responding to media questions about Obama's reference to his extra-curricular reading during the fiery health-care speech he delivered in Glenside, Pa.
"We've been talking about health care for nearly a century," Obama told the audience of roughly 1,800 people gathered at Arcadia University. "I'm reading a biography of Teddy Roosevelt right now. He was talking about it. Teddy Roosevelt."
The book, which the New York Times Book Review described as "magnificent" after its 2001 publication, ranked 11,832 on the Amazon sales list about two hours after Obama spoke. Let's see what a presidential reference does for book sales.
March 8, 2010; 2:38 PM ET
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