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Obama's New Children's Book, 'Of Thee I Sing,' Honors 13 American Icons

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President Obama's latest book isn't a memoir or a political tome, but rather a tribute to 13 American icons presented to children, particularly his daughters, Sasha and Malia.

The book, "Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters," features bold, impressionistic illustrations by Loren Long. The cover is a painting by Long of Malia, 12, and Sasha, 9, along with the White House dog, Bo.

The 31-page book, for children 3 and up, will be released Tuesday by Knopf.

In it, the president asks questions of his girls while offering something of a history lesson about figures like George Washington and baseball great Jackie Robinson. The book opens with, "Have I told you lately how wonderful you are?"

According to USA Today:

A series of two-page spreads asks questions ("Have I told you that you are creative?") across from short tributes. He writes of Georgia O'Keeffe: "She helped us see big beauty in what is small: the hardness of stone and the softness of feather." His most controversial choice may be Sitting Bull, who defeated Custer at Little Bighorn: ("A Sioux medicine man who healed broken hearts and broken promises.")

The book was written before Obama became president and was part of a three-volume deal he signed in 2004, just after he was elected senator. His two other books were bestsellers: "Dreams From My Father" in 2004, and 2006's "The Audacity of Hope."

Royalties from "Of Thee I Sing" will go to a scholarship fund for children of soldiers killed or disabled.

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Mikehuskernut

Its Obama what the heck do you people expect from this American hating Socialist? Leave him alone, let him spew his venom it will set him free. Perhaps when he has completely destroyed America he can retire in peace after leaving us in pieces.

November 19 2010 at 1:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
change to englis

no wonder he was never in the Senate. too busy writing books? These we see published, but no college papers. Something wrong with this picture?

November 17 2010 at 9:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
robertahob

I think it is a great tribute to his own children to write a book dedicated to them and to involve American history. America's history has its up and downs and there is the possibility that this book will enthuse a childs imagination or inspire a child to read more on the characters Obama included. This is what Obama was trying to accomplish. Plus, whoever said the book was an autobiography of Ammerica's past. A book is to include your own thoughts with truth blended in. Roberta Hobbs

November 17 2010 at 1:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wbabell7

For tooooo long this country has looked the other way, said get over it, covered up the true history of how it Forced itself on others of different orgin, took land, not paid for other than the blood, of the true owners of the Americas. Reasoned/justfied itself for actions and harm to other humans. To this day the group(s) who consider themselves patriots and above the law still carry out dirt as in the past, home grown terrorist, with little government intervention. Now they who were historicly forced to patches of land are still wondering what the big deal, so what "get ofer it" as in your own words, "love it or leave it". Custer was great, HE JUST LOST THE COIN TOSS.

November 17 2010 at 7:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
angiebarnes919

yes good question, regarding Bush's book. I suggest monies should go to the familes that lost their lives for a war that we should nvr have been in.

November 16 2010 at 5:10 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Bruce and Sue

Sitting Bull's surviving men high-tailed it to Canada after the massacre. What they did was not an act of bravery and they knew they would be punished. Custer went out on his own for this mission and was out of his league militarily. To make Sitting Bull into a hero is stretching the truth. He was prideful and resentful that Americans knew more than he did about proper crops, dwellings, and education. All he knew was war and hatred except for his own peoples. Because of the furious nature of his kinsmen and American's lack of understanding, Indians everywhere, peaceful or not, were classified as savages. Let's be truthful here, many were bloodthirsty. Many kidnapped women and children for trophies and to replenish their dwindling numbers. History.

November 16 2010 at 12:12 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
tausands

So, where are the proceeds of Bush's book going?

November 15 2010 at 7:02 PM Report abuse -9 rate up rate down Reply

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