April 8, 2013
The presidential book requirement
by Kirsten Reach
Want to be president? Hand in your book proposal.
After Hillary Clinton announced her book deal last week, Jennifer Rubin pointed out on the Washington Post blog that these days, you need a book deal to become president.
A few other potential candidates for 2016 already have book deals:
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Unintimidated
Senator Marco Rubio, An American Son
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, No Higher Honor
It’s hard not to make fun of these titles. They’re all American-sounding, cocky, general, and short (with long subtitles). Walker’s title struck a nerve on Twitter.
Rubin does not miss an opportunity to suggest titles and book summaries for other candidates:
Gov. Chris Christie’s You Try Running New Jersey!
Sen. Rand Paul’s Defending America
Rep. Paul Ryan’s My Time
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s Winning for (GOP) Dummies
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s Remember Me?
Vice President Joe Biden’s Not My Fault
Meanwhile, Vanity Fair is guessing the sentences in Clinton’s new book.
Kirsten Reach was an editor at Melville House.