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Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 02/ 3/2011

"O" no! Anonymous novel flops in first week sales.

By Stephen Lowman

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for O.jpgAn anonymously written novel about the Obama administration and the 2012 campaign apparently holds little appeal for Beltway readers.

O: A Presidential Novel” makes its feeble debut at number 23 on our hardcover fiction list for Washington area sales. (James Patterson’s latest, “Tick Tock,” occupies the top spot.)

“O” was a dud on other bestseller lists, too. It failed to make The New York Times's top 35 hardcover fiction list. And USA Today reports “O” didn’t even chart on its list of the nation’s top 400 best selling books.

"O" sold only 2,000 copies nationwide, according Nielsen BookScan.

The tepid to downright cold reviews of “O” couldn’t have helped its sales. It’s not “as bad as you feared” wrote our fiction editor, Ron Charles. The New York Times was less kind, calling it “trite, implausible and decidedly unfunny.”

Last month, Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin reported that John McCain’s former close friend and political adviser Mark Salter was the author.

By Stephen Lowman  | February 3, 2011; 11:53 AM ET
Tags:  O, anonymous, bestsellers, mark salter  
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Comments

"O: A Presidential Novel" sounds quite mundane. It's a pity that the author didn't base the tale on the current president's most obvious political liability, which is sure to become a much more visible issue as the 2012 campaign moves into high gear.

American voters of all political persuasions can recall the Obama 2008 campaign repeatedly promising that their administration would uphold the highest ethical standards with a particular emphasis on transparency.

A vast majority of these voters believe that the process of running for President of the United States should be the toughest public job interview on the planet.

The sad fact remains that the current president, according to longstanding government clearance protocols, could not be hired as a janitor in a federal building with the amount of verifiable personal background information that he has provided.

Barack Obama's original typewritten long form birth certificate, school records, SAT and LSAT scores, college and law school admission records and grade transcripts and thesis papers, medical records, passport history, Illinois state senate tenure records, presidential campaign foreign donor lists, complete White House visitor logs and other relevant records and documents have all never been released or allowed to be subjected to any sort of scrutiny, despite several years of repeated requests for disclosure by numerous individuals and non-traditional media organizations.

The Obama 2008 campaign and subsequent administration have to date spent a considerable sum on legal fees, estimated in the millions of dollars, to fight Freedom of Information Act filings and other requests to examine this material. The powerful international law firm Perkins Coie has been their primary provider of these services.

Virtually the entire paper trail of the current president's existence, from birth to the White House, continues to remain deeply hidden away in a tight shroud of secrecy.

Barack Obama's true origins, past associations, ideological convictions, behavioral influences and ongoing relationships are matters of great importance to a fast growing number of people who just want to know the truth about this man.

This is the sort of information about their presidential candidates that postwar modern era American voters had become accustomed to having the mainstream media provide for them, until 2008 when Obama received an astonishing special exception from the traditional expectation that such candidates should allow for the release and scrutiny of the substantive body of their personal records and credentials.

In their eagerness to "make history" by covering the campaign of the man whom they were clearly very interested in helping to become the first black president, the mainstream media failed in their essential national responsibility, namely to report on significant events with thoroughness and impartial objectivity.

What is being hidden and why are they hiding it?

Posted by: FlashHarry | February 6, 2011 3:33 AM | Report abuse

"O: A Presidential Novel" sounds quite mundane. It's a pity that the author didn't base the tale on the current president's most obvious political liability, which is sure to become a much more visible issue as the 2012 campaign moves into high gear.

American voters of all political persuasions can recall the Obama 2008 campaign repeatedly promising that their administration would uphold the highest ethical standards with a particular emphasis on transparency.

A vast majority of these voters believe that the process of running for President of the United States should be the toughest public job interview on the planet.

The sad fact remains that the current president, according to longstanding government clearance protocols, could not be hired as a janitor in a federal building with the amount of verifiable personal background information that he has provided.

Barack Obama's original typewritten long form birth certificate, school records, SAT and LSAT scores, college and law school admission records and grade transcripts and thesis papers, medical records, passport history, Illinois state senate tenure records, presidential campaign foreign donor lists, complete White House visitor logs and other relevant records and documents have all never been released or allowed to be subjected to any sort of scrutiny, despite several years of repeated requests for disclosure by numerous individuals and non-traditional media organizations.

The Obama 2008 campaign and subsequent administration have to date spent a considerable sum on legal fees, estimated in the millions of dollars, to fight Freedom of Information Act filings and other requests to examine this material. The powerful international law firm Perkins Coie has been their primary provider of these services.

Virtually the entire paper trail of the current president's existence, from birth to the White House, continues to remain deeply hidden away in a tight shroud of secrecy.

Barack Obama's true origins, past associations, ideological convictions, behavioral influences and ongoing relationships are matters of great importance to a fast growing number of people who just want to know the truth about this man.

This is the sort of information about their presidential candidates that postwar modern era American voters had become accustomed to having the mainstream media provide for them, until 2008 when Obama received an astonishing special exception from the traditional expectation that such candidates should allow for the release and scrutiny of the substantive body of their personal records and credentials.

In their eagerness to "make history" by covering the campaign of the man whom they were clearly very interested in helping to become the first black president, the mainstream media failed in their essential national responsibility, namely to report on significant events with thoroughness and impartial objectivity.

What is being hidden and why are they hiding it?

Posted by: FlashHarry | February 6, 2011 3:44 AM | Report abuse

Who in their right mind actually CARES to read anything MORE about OBAMA....his speeches have already overexposed him, and his wife's forays have made his real self totally visible to the world.

No point writing anything about an empty suit. The only chance the book has is with a bunch of ditzy women thinking it si somehow about Oprah Winfrey becoming President. LMAO.

Posted by: joelevin | February 6, 2011 9:11 PM | Report abuse

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