Apparently, former President Barack Obama is extremely jealous of his wife’s big book sales and in an act of pettiness he felt compelled to point out Michelle didn’t really even write her book.
Michelle, Barack noted, had a ghostwriter.
Michelle’s memoir, Becoming, was published last year and instantly appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List. The book reportedly sold 10 million copies and was rated a smashing success.
But, it looks like Mr. competitive is itching to beat his wife.
According to The Atlantic:
The writing has been going more slowly than he’d expected, and according to several people who have spoken with him, the 44th president is feeling competitive with his wife, whose own book, Becoming, was the biggest release of 2018 and is on track to be the best-selling memoir in history. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, like others in this story, these sources note he’ll occasionally point out in conversation that he’s writing this book himself, while Michelle used a ghostwriter.
I’ll tell you why the writing is going slower than he hoped… It’s because he has never actually written a book on his own.
Both of his previous books were written by other people despite claims by the media that he wrote them himself. There is plenty of evidence that Obama did not write either of the previous books that carry his name.
Indeed, domestic terrorist William Ayers has been heard saying that he wrote Obama’s first book, Dreams from My Father.
Barack and Michelle were handed a whopping $65 million upfront for their two memoirs and thus far Michelle’s book has held up her side of the bargain.
The former president is striving to have his book done in time to serve a part in the 2020 elections. But, if his struggle to get it done is any indication, he may miss that window.
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