Well, actually it’s blue, but that doesn’t diminish the Pocket Obama‘s creepy resemblance to Mao’s Little Red Book.
The Pocket Obama, according to the History Company, is
Printed in a size that easily fits into pocket or purse, this book is an anthology of quotations borrowed from Barack Obama’s speeches and writings. POCKET OBAMA serves as a reminder of the amazing power of oratory and the remarkable ability of this man to move people with his words. His superb and captivating oratory style has earned comparisons to John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, and this historic collection presents words that catapulted his remarkable rise to the American Presidency. It is an unofficial requirement for every citizen to own, to read, and to carry this book at all times. [emphasis added]
The little blue book includes themes of democracy, politics, war, terrorism, race, community, jurisprudence, faith, personal responsibility, national identity, and above all, his hoped-for vision of a new America. POCKET OBAMA is a portable, everyday primer for readers who want to examine the substance of his thought and reflect on the next great chapter in the American story.
What exactly justifies this cultish adoration of a man who hasn’t been president for even a week? Perhaps we should wait a while to see if President Obama deserves a place on Mount Rushmore.
(In case the above link to the catalog disappears, here is a PDF of the catalog page.)