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State Dept. Spent $70k Buying Copies of Obama’s Autobiographies

John on October 26, 2011 at 9:11 am

From the 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.

About the same time, halfway around the world, the U.S. Embassy in South Korea had the same idea and spent more than $6,000 for copies of “Dreams From My Father.”

One month later, the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, spent more than $3,800 for hardcover copies of the Indonesian version of Mr. Obama’s “The Audacity of Hope,” records show.

They say the books are gratuities. At this level of expense, they must have given out nearly 2,000 hardback copies in Egypt alone. That seems…excessive.

The story notes that there is no record of the State Dept. buying books written by previous Presidents in bulk.

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