Thursday, October 30, 2008

Yes, boys, but when no one is looking?

Katie Couric apparently asked McCain and Obama about their favorite books and got pretty convincing answers: McCain chose For Whom the Bell Tolls and Obama Song of Solomon.

As I said in the comments on yesterday's post re Palin's reading choices, "What are you reading?" and "What is your favorite book?" aren't as easy to answer as they look. Both the presidential candidates give clearly deliberated answers (so would I), meant to convey Who They Are. I'm more interested in knowing what they read off the clock--beach, bedtime, bathroom.

7 comments:

Gwenda said...

Well, we know from the ad last night that Obama's read all of Harry Potter, at least -- no word on whether he enjoyed it or not. :)

Roger Sutton said...

Really? I was watching The Singing Nun. What else did I miss?

Anonymous said...

isn't it kind of reverse snobbery to assume someone who lists either of those books (or others like it) are lying? i don't think it's so outlandish that either one of those would be someone's favorite.

(my favorite book is tiger eyes, so it's not like i don't see both sides)

b

Roger Sutton said...

I don't think they're lying at all. I do think people have public favorite books, private favorite books, books-that-make-a-statement favorite books, etc. Any political candidate who answered this question carelessly is too stupid to govern, but I never meant to imply that either guy was dissembling.

Debbie Reese said...

What else did you miss? A father was shown reading a picture book to his child. I didn't catch the title of the book.

Related only because I saw it during the same 24 hour period of the Obama piece, is a Halloween themed SIMPSON'S that ends with three characters promoting literacy. One says something like "buy a children's book and give it to someone."

janeyolen said...

He said he read all of the Harry Potter books to his oldest daughter.

--Jane

Anonymous said...

I remember when this same question was asked of George W Bush four years ago when he was in a 4th grade classroom promoting literacy. A kid asked him what his favorite book was, and W drew a blank. Before he left, though, it came to him so he made a point of seeking out the kid to tell him his favorite book was his own mother's autobiography. Then the kid asked him a second tough question: what's the title? Bush drew another blank. (For the record, the title is Barbara Bush: A Memoir.)