This afternoon, I got an email notification from Amazon that they had a Kindle single of an interview with President Obama available, and that it is free.
Well, hey, I love to read, I love our President, and I’m a big fan of FREE, so as Michael Scott said, it was a win-win-win situation!
So I toddled right on over and nabbed that baby. While I was there, I looked at some of the reviews and just rolled my eyes. The teabaggers were out in force. I decided then and there to write a review myself after I read it...unlike the majority of the teabaggers who wrote reviews who didn’t bother reading it! More about that in a moment.
It’s a quick read, only 15 pages or so, and it was an enjoyable one. There was nothing really new there, if you’ve read both of the President’s books; it was more of a continuation of his policies and vision for the country, one that he laid out from almost the very beginning. It’s about investing in education, infrastructure, and jobs, and ensuring that the middle class has a fair shake. That’s what he’s been saying all along. But of course, the teabaggers had their typical knee-jerk reaction to Amazon publishing this.
Most of them flat-out said that they hadn’t read it, and Amazon couldn’t PAY them to read it. I think it’s a legitimate question to ask: If you haven’t read the piece in question, why the fuck are you writing a review? I mentioned in my own review that simply writing down partisan talking points does not constitute a review. The usual Kenyan, Muslim, socialist bullshit was mentioned. There was the phrase “The Butcher of Benghazi.” The usual railings against the Affordable Care Act, calling him a liar and a murderer, a Fascist Pig (with a capital P!), and so on and so forth, ad nauseam. You’d think that they could at least get some new material! Some also attacked Amazon and Jeff Bezos for publishing this, saying that they should stick to “products.” I guess they don’t get that political books and articles qualify as “products.”
I think it was John Avlon who coined the term “Obama Derangement Syndrome.” ODS was in full force on that Amazon page today, believe me. It’s one thing to disagree with a politician’s ideologies, but I’ll never comprehend the lack of intelligence and ignorance of facts and reality that results in such incoherent claptrap as I saw there today. This was my reaction as I read such nonsense: