Cross-posted at the Washington Examiner....
It's a Merry Christmas for former President George W. Bush who is a bestselling author with "Decision Points," a hit that has sold two million copies in just over a month. That's as many as former President Bill Clinton sold in six years.
Ho, ho, ho!
The irony of it all wasn't lost on the UK Daily Mail with the bold headline, We misunderestimated him: Bush's memoir sells 2m copies in a month - nearly as many as Bill Clinton's sold in six years and wrote:
For someone who mangled words on a regular basis, it's an impressive feat.That's a lot of GWB books under Christmas trees including, I hope, mine since it was on my Christmas wish list.
Former U.S. President George W Bush's memoir has sold an astonishing two million copies since it was released in early November - and it's not even in paperback yet.
'Decision Points', published both in hardcover and e-book form, is flying off the shelves, the Crown Publishing Group says.
A spokesman for Crown called the performance remarkable.
He claimed he could not think of any other hardcover nonfiction books in 2010 that had sold even one million copies, much less two.
Still #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers hardcover nonfiction list, "Decision Points" has sat at the top for the past five weeks. President Bush has been on the book trail since publication in early November, granting interviews to numerous talk show hosts and doing book signings across the country where hundreds have lined up to greet the former president and buy his book.
This week George and Laura Bush appeared in Charlotte, NC, to sign books and were joined by the very popular 92-year-old evangelist Billy Graham and his son, Franklin, as throngs of supporters greeted them at the Billy Graham Library:
Graham and his son, Franklin, had lunch with the Bushes before the book signing.With so many naysayers throughout the years and a negative press corps that would not build up his accomplishments at a time when the country was dealing with terrorism, the success of "Decision Points" has to put a smile on GWB's face though he would never mention it.
The evangelist, who was in a wheelchair, hugged the former president before leaving them in the library book store for the signings. The former president has been on tour signing copies of his book "Decision Points." Laura Bush was signing copies of her book, "Spoken From the Heart."
Bush credits Billy Graham with helping him follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Franklin Graham said his father played a role in helping turn around Bush's life -- a decision recounted in the president's new book.
Case in point is the fact I read this news in the overseas UK Daily Mail newspaper with not a peep from the American mainstream media. It was CBS, after all, that showed a mocking, fake cover of "Decision Points" on its evening news, claiming it was a mistake. No wonder network news is sinking and losing credibility. Who could possibly think a book cover with the misspelled title, "Desision Points," followed by the comment, "How I managed to go eight years without one good decision," was legitimate? George W. Bush still has class. Someone at CBS does not and, to my knowledge, no apology has been offered to the former president.
The proof that Americans respect and appreciate W's leadership, especially during a time of war, is in the book sales and the long lines of supporters at book stores cross the country.
What a great Christmas present. Merry Christmas, Mr. President!