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George W. Bush vs. Justin Bieber -- can you pick the author of the memoir?

By Alexandra Petri


This year, no autobiography has been more eagerly anticipated than this one, the tale of someone plucked from comparative obscurity and suddenly thrust onto the world stage.

You know what I'm talking about -- Decision Points, the George W. Bush memoir First Step 2 Forever, the Justin Bieber autobiography.

Aside from the superficial similarities -- both are the most highly awaited books by authors who prompt the response, "He wrote a book?"; both were written by male individuals with last names that begin with B; both had authors who were alive for much of the 1990s -- the two works share deep, fundamental concerns about making mistakes, being competent to drive, and growing up in a family with other human beings.

Don't believe me? Before this week's Matt Lauer interview, if someone had told you that one of these two people was still deeply upset at Kanye, would you have picked Bush? The whole book is full of revelations like that.

Think you can prove me wrong? Try the quiz, after the jump!

Can you match the quote to the author? Be warned, it's harder than it looks.

By Alexandra Petri  | November 9, 2010; 4:03 PM ET
Categories:  Petri, Quiz, That's awkward  | Tags:  George W. Bush, justin bieber  
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You're not a witch, you're a sly devil, Petri. Nobody would every write anything in a book as stupid as any of your "quotes" ("quotes in quotes").

I voted for the write-in candidate, Mr. Noneofthe Above, for all of the questions. I got a zero score, which I assumes means they were all correct.

Posted by: divtune | November 10, 2010 3:46 AM | Report abuse

That no-talent "artist" wrote a book? And Justin Bieber did too?

Just what in the world qualifies Bieber to write a "memoir"? What is he, 12 years old? Must be a pretty quick read...and I wonder how much of his current Tom Brady-envy hair angst he covers in this "memoir"...

Posted by: gr8day4bsbll | November 10, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Obama's "Dreams of My Father" was written by Bill Ayers.....

At least these two wrote their own lines.

Liberal angst is on the rise and will burst in 2012

Articles like this one show how badly they are sulking.

The decline of the left is fun to watch.

Posted by: georgedixon1 | November 10, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

"I poured vodka in the fishbowl and killed my little sister Doro's goldfish." Poor Justin's sister...

Posted by: ozpunk | November 10, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

georgedixon1, what do you think you're watching besides FoxNews? The decline of the left happened in the 70's if not earlier. And are you defending Bush as a pillar of conservative values? I hope so -- a sure sign that recent gains will amount to nothing.

Posted by: cb9009bc | November 10, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Was this piece of writing thought off by adolescent?. Perhaps not, he or she would have shown more maturity and substance.

Posted by: hoffmannrojas | November 10, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm a well-educated and news-addicted person who lived and worked around the Texas capitol all through Bush's governorship. I got 6 right. And for two it helped that I know Laura was a librarian and that Big Spring is near Midland.

Posted by: Left_of_the_Pyle | November 10, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

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