April 8, 2013

The presidential book requirement


Want to be president? Hand in your book proposal.

After Hillary Clinton announced her book deal last week, Jennifer Rubin pointed out on the Washington Post blog that these days, you need a book deal to become president.

A few other potential candidates for 2016 already have book deals:

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Unintimidated

Senator Marco Rubio, An American Son

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, No Higher Honor

It’s hard not to make fun of these titles. They’re all American-sounding, cocky, general, and short (with long subtitles). Walker’s title struck a nerve on Twitter.

Rubin does not miss an opportunity to suggest titles and book summaries for other candidates:

Gov. Chris Christie’s You Try Running New Jersey!

Sen. Rand Paul’s Defending America

Rep. Paul Ryan’s My Time

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s Winning for (GOP) Dummies

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s Remember Me?

Vice President Joe Biden’s Not My Fault

Meanwhile, Vanity Fair is guessing the sentences in Clinton’s new book.

Kirsten Reach is an editor at Melville House.