Obama unwinds into summer vacation, reading list revealed

August 20, 2010

Finally,  the presidential summer reading list is revealed — well, one book anyway.

OBAMA/President Barack Obama took his daughters book browsing on Day 2 of the First Family’s summer vacation on the upscale Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard.

Obama, casually dressed and sporting a baseball cup of his beloved White Sox, greeted and shook the hands of surprised shoppers in The Bunch of Grapes book store on Main Street in the pretty seaside town of Vineyard Haven, before leading Sasha, 9, and Malia, 12, upstairs to browse.

The First Reader bought Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, a novel that The New York Times review said showcases “his ability to throw open a big, Updikean picture window on American middle-class life.”

A sales assistant said the  president also purchased “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning classic tale of racial tension in the segregated south of 1930’s America, and John Steinbeck’s “The Red Pony,” set on a California ranch in the same era. (We’re thinking those books were probably for the girls).

The visit swiftly drew a crowd of several hundred, as holiday makers emptied out of  shops and cafes onto Main Street to catch a glimpse of their famous fellow vacationers.

Mocha Mott’s Good Coffee, down the street from the bookshop, was honoring the president with a Mocha/Obama special, a blend of either iced or hot mocha with milk and white chocolate for between $3.35 and $5.05 (including tax).

Manager Noah Maxner confessed to a certain unease at blending commerce with his desire to honor Obama, but conceded that the branding was driving customers towards the product. “They are definitely popular,” he said.

Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Obama leaves bookstore with his daughters on Martha’s Vineyard)


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