Washington Times...The State Department has bought more than $70,000 worth of books authored by President Obama, sending out copies as Christmas gratuities and stocking "key libraries" around the world with "Dreams From My Father" more than a decade after its release.
The U.S. Embassy in Egypt, for instance, spent $28,636 in August 2009 for copies of Mr. Obama's best-selling 1995 memoir. Six weeks earlier, the embassy had placed another order for the same book for more than $9,000, federal purchasing records show.
Leslie Paige, a spokeswoman for Citizens Against Government Waste, a watchdog group, said if the federal government is looking to cut costs, eliminating purchases of Mr. Obama's books is a good place to start.
"It's inappropriate for U.S. taxpayer dollars to be spent on this," she said. "This sounds like propaganda."
I can just see some poor, benighted Egyptian diplomat's face when some State Department flunky pushes an Obama autobiography on him. A look of horror mixed with shock, no doubt. And can you see some very polite South Korean diplomat smiling and bowing while accepting this "gift" and then putting it in the burn basket when he gets back to his office?
The White House probably didn't know about this but still, can't we spend our propaganda dollars a little more wisely?
The Rule Of Law?
Ignoring the Constitution is so liberating for Mr. Obama that he intends to do it on a "regular basis." The subtitle to Emily Miller's piece at The Washington Times following the announcement of Obama's "can't wait" plan is "President unveils lawless scheme to bypass Congress with executive orders."...More from The American Thinker
Remember when the Constitution applied, and a president wanting to implement a new program would have to persuade Congress to pass a law and appropriate money? President Obama, facing a GOP House, has chosen to use executive orders and is getting away with it. And he is openly proclaiming his intent to do more of it.
Nicholas Ballasy in the Daily Caller
THE HOBBITS MARCH IN ONE YEAR...read it here