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What Would Wilsey Say?

State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America co-editor Sean Wilsey had a chance to meet President-elect Barack Obama in person, press the flesh, and hand him a copy of his book!

As you can see in the photo, Wilsey is saying something to the future leader of our country. But what?

Put your imagination to work and give us your suggestion by noon PST, Friday, December 5th.

We'll pick our favorite and send the winner a free State by State set, which includes a copy of the book our President-elect is reading and a DVD of the film, Out of the Book, Volume 3: State by State.

Just keep it clean, people. (Creative uses of asterisks are encouraged.)

Books mentioned in this post

  1. State by State: A Panoramic Portrait...
    Used Hardcover $9.95

195 Responses to "What Would Wilsey Say?"

    cheese sandwich November 19th, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    "We would have asked you, but Dave Eggers was insistent."

    S. Appollo November 19th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Think FDR and WPA.

    Seth Christenfeld November 19th, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    "Here's the secret instruction manual for the country. There will be a quiz next Monday. Have it memorized."

    lisa_emily November 20th, 2008 at 9:38 am

    Skateboarding is not a crime! Don't you agree?

    KellyKelly November 20th, 2008 at 9:57 am

    I tried to give a copy of this to
    your predecessor, but he wasn't sure
    what to do with it.

    Aaron Mc November 20th, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    The pages are made from arugula-- so I knew you'd like it.

    Sammy_Samerson November 20th, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    I'm vying for a cabinet position. How about Department of Postmodern Literature?

    The Mayor of Poetry November 20th, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    "Keep this close to your heart, always. It's bulletproof."

    what the… November 20th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    "These are all the pro-America parts of the country..."

    Mr_Steve November 21st, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Our next project is a children's book collaboration with Laura Joffe Numeroff titled "If you give the banks a bailout . . . ". It starts like this "If you give the banks a bailout, you just know the Big 3 will ask for one too."

    Sammy McIsley November 21st, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    "No, sorry, it isn't Twilight. But I agree those vampires are sure dreamy."

    DeniseB November 21st, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Barack out with your book out!

    DeniseB November 21st, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Your earlier works inspired me. I too, inhaled...a lot. Then I thought to myself, "Self...if Barack can inhale and become the President of the US, there must be SOME redeeming qualities in this country." So, I sat down with some friends and we researched that theory. This here book is the result!

    Michael Pemulis November 21st, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Thank you so much, Mr. President-elect, my invisible newborn, Titus, can fall asleep only after hearing you read Good Night Moon to him.

    R.DhanaLakshmi November 24th, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    This Book will be very interesting

    R.DhanaLakshmi November 24th, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    You will love this book

    Bobbi November 25th, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Let this be your guide.

    Caroline Sloan December 1st, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Dude, labradoodle rescue.

    Michael December 1st, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    The last guy just wanted the DVD.

    NickO December 1st, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    "See? Fifty-two."

    Laura Brown December 1st, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    "Bet if you had had the insights from my book earlier you could have swept all 50 states."

    ann m Ann McDonald December 1st, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    "Think we can turn them all blue"

    Hecot Hector December 1st, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    It even has pictures of Negroe children playing by a fire-hydrant!

    Christine Sitton December 1st, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    And then, that naughty little Peter Rabbit races away from Mr. McGregor and out the garden gate!

    L. Lombardo December 1st, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Remember, it's Portland, Maine, and Portland, Or-e-gun, Salem, Massachusetts, and Salem, Or-e-gun, Springfield, - but you know - "no noise in Illinois", and Springfield, MO, - so you don't offend anyone, well, half of the states have a Springfield, but, sir, you can handle all this...

    Judy Bradley December 1st, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Well actually, Barack, I was planning on voting for McCain.

    EdddddEd Kacura December 1st, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    The rabbit then jumps out of the hole and ................

    Michael Broido December 1st, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Here's a special edition with the red states cut out.

    mmmmmckbirdbks December 1st, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    "Your signature will add fifty bucks to the value of this book."

    G. B. Silver December 1st, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    My favorite state is Hawaii. Or Illinois. Or Hawaii. Really, it's a toss up.

    Tom Ransom December 1st, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    So, do you think I can have that blurb in time for the paperback edition?

    Rod WRod W December 1st, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Yeah -- my mom's writing a rebuttal. You've met? Of course.

    Bill Fisher December 1st, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Not a single pet goat in the book, no sir.

    Troy Knutson December 1st, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    In Young MC's 1989 hit, what did he mean by "bust a move"?

    Monica December 1st, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    So, Uhhh, if you aren't too busy after the inauguration, I can stop by the White House and with can use crayons to color in the book.

    Arthur Strauss December 1st, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Of course, you get the Presidential discount!

    Pasoman December 1st, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    And there are a lot of pictures too!

    Marianne Louey-Gung December 1st, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Can you see my left cufflink in there somewhere?

    Mark Little December 1st, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    "LISTEN... RAAAR!"
    "I'M A T-REX!"

    Justine Roberts December 1st, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    When you can spare a minute...

    Kathryn Gutierrez December 1st, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    "I" wanted a graphic novel format, but noooo those other guys wouldn't go for it

    Bob MacKay December 1st, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Michelle will like it, 'Obama Girl' is neither mentioned nor
    is she a contributor.

    Prune Wickart December 1st, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    It's a common mistake, Senator: Goergia is the fourth *state*; the press is the fourth *estate*. It's US history, not an Internet thing.

    Steven Blackwood December 1st, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Yeah, yeah, I'm only the editor. Would you autograph it already??

    David Mac December 1st, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    The chapter on Idaho was authored by Dan Quayle. He nailed the spelling of potato this time.

    Kevin Armstrong December 1st, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    We left messages for both you and Dave Eggers, and he got back to us first... I guess you were busy.

    John December 1st, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    " I know, I know, Eggers. But if you'd seen the rambling screeds I got from Mamet, you'd be thanking me.

    Adam Wilson December 1st, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    ... it's just that, well, she owes you one, so if you could let her know you think that this would be a GREAT book club pick...

    Tom Bentley December 1st, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Well, Mr. Pres, it might not have the legs of My Pet Goat, but you're going to LOVE the subject/verb agreement!

    ANdrew Taylor December 1st, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Yes Sir, a diverse range of stories but of course you've been saying all along how you were looking forward to bringing all that diversity together as one country

    Laurel Jones December 1st, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Here's what you have to work with. Now go for it! I'll be doing a sequel on what America looks like 4 years from now, so this is a test.

    bobl December 1st, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    "You can read it, but give it back. We only printed three copies."

    Kathy Pearlman December 1st, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    It's a fascinating account of my travels through all of the states. I'm sure it will resonate with you, Sir, since we have undoubtedly been to some of the same places...

    TTim Avolio-Toly December 1st, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    My next book is "Bowl by Bowl: The Path to a Collegiate Football Playoff"

    DAve H December 1st, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    If you wouldn't mind . . . could you let Oprah know about my book? Sales have been a little slower than I hoped.

    SEC December 1st, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Contrary to what you might think, what happens in Nevada doesn't always stay in Nevada. Sometimes it goes to Utah. But only sometimes.

    Frank December 1st, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Yes sir, this is the ebonics version!!

    Jonathan December 1st, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Up close, your ears really don't look that big after all.

    mike Kennedy December 1st, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Remember, you can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your freind's nose.

    Emmy December 1st, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    I colored the states red or blue except for Oregon-- it's green.

    Vince Sellen December 1st, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    I've been saving this for a president who can read.

    Donna Marton December 1st, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    I would love to give you this book, but times are tough for me too. You can pay $5 a month if you want.

    TambraDoll December 1st, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    "This favorite cartoon book of mine will help you stay sane for the duration of your Term"

    John Holck December 1st, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Have you ever read "Team of Rivals?

    JOhnW December 1st, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Yes, we were GOING to include Alaska but really we weren't sure they could read, so left them out...

    Cindy Cummings December 1st, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Oregon has the most Eco friendly state and want to share best practices with the rest of the country.

    Good Ol Bill December 1st, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Still 30-Love Mr. President

    Diane Diane Shaw December 1st, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Well, that's how you won the election, you know, "State by State." Oh, and remember Hillary will be bringing Bill along.

    Have a nice one!

    Robbo8Robbo825 December 1st, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    .....I found Waldo on Page 12.....

    Rita K. Hertel December 1st, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    It'll be great to have a president who'll understand all the big words.

    ZetMec December 1st, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    There's also a state-by-state, kids-eye-view of the economy you might find interesting...and that section has pictures!

    strateia8 December 1st, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    "...I think you'll find the proposals are not only economically feasible but ecologically as well. Feel free to browse through, but do check out the graphs on page 52: they they really tie the argument together. And when you're ready, Sir, pull my finger."

    ramalrrrramal December 1st, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    This ain't no, "My Pet Goat."

    Dani Moore December 1st, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Here's a good read for the bathroom.

    Gretchen December 1st, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    I put together a list of the hottest interns and finest cigars for your approval.

    dennis solomon December 1st, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    i knew you were able to read

    Vicki Bryden December 1st, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    ...and I used complete sentences, just like you do.

    CarolKn December 1st, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    ...and it's cheaper than Air Force One.

    Ruck December 1st, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    I know, who would of thought that Iowans liked tentacle sex that much?

    Catherine December 1st, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    The book comes with its own colored pencil set so you - uh - the girls can color in roads, rivers, highways... Sure to keep you - uh - them amused during the more boring society parties.

    Susan December 1st, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    I tried to give this to President Bush, but then I remembered that he doesn't read. I can see that you, on the other hand, are a speed-reader. Welcome to the White House.

    Rosemary December 1st, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Gee, would you autograph it for me?

    anineauAnna December 1st, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    "A little advice Sir, not THAT book by the bedside table! If you get my meaning"

    alice December 1st, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    I figure you need something to occupy your time until January 20.

    Karin December 1st, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    "We had to leave out the 'folksy comments' from the Alaskan governor...have you ever met her? What a hayseed...Anyhooo..what do ya think?"

    EEricEEric December 1st, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    I'm really sorry about the inscription, but I was expecting John...

    TomT TOM December 1st, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    But policy in Dr. Suess rhymes will attract many more young voters.

    Rusty Haynes December 1st, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    "The smell wears off in a few days."

    JoJoyce Sigman December 1st, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Would you like to know my picture of America's

    Marlene McCormack December 1st, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    "Sir, as you can see flipping through the pages, the book is previously owned but it's in pristine condition. I know how you feel about going green and recycling. Oh, and I got it at Powell's."

    Esther Drago December 1st, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    All you have to do ia follow the Directions for running the country, I put all the instructions in the book.

    DRousseau December 1st, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    "How about this? Your daughters let me ghost-write a tell-all picture book of their life stories. It'll blow the lid off the Times' best seller list."

    SALLY G IN NOLA December 1st, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    I think this picture will show how much your hair will have changed once you are finished with the business of chairing the changes of our American culture in the 2009-2012 years. You will be greyer and balder! Rather like me...

    MarshaMarsha December 1st, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    This is the best book I have ever read. I'm sure you will enjoy reading it!!

    oelelysian December 1st, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    The whole country is going to hell in a hand basket!

    George Kirschbaum December 1st, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Fifty-seven states? Who knew?

    G George December 1st, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    See, you try to find Waldo in the pictures through out the book.

    Charlene December 1st, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Aw, c'mon. If I promise not to read while you are giving a speech again, can I have my graphic novel back?

    Malcolm December 1st, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    It's not a pyramid scheme; it is a legitimate business plan to increase your personal wealth.

    Malcolm December 1st, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    And the best part... twenty percent of the funds from the sale of the book go to the girls school... its a win win situation.

    Malcolm December 1st, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    These books practically sell themselves. Wouldn't it be great to tell Michelle that you'll be independently wealthy with only a part time commitment?

    GARY December 1st, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    If you like this Book, Check Out the Middle Earth Edition.

    Diane Pollock December 1st, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    I also used a 50 state strategy!

    Marcy, Styvesant, Peter December 1st, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    As you can see from reading this I would make a great Secretary of the Interior

    Bonni December 1st, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    There's a $100 on the last page.

    LLuanne December 1st, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Got a pen? I'll sign it for you.

    syzygysyzygy December 1st, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Barack, I've changed my plans. I'm not moving to Canada.

    DRRRRichard Stadler December 1st, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    "Just between us, sir, the chapter
    on Illinois is my personal favorite."

    Mike P December 1st, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    It's by Sarah Palin on her strategy for 2012...titled "Yes We Can!"

    Dushan41 December 1st, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    The book you're holding is one more than President Bush ever read in his entire term of office, but he did enjoy the comic books I gave him along with a giant lollipop.

    Magnus Berglund December 1st, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Oh, Senator. I'm so excited, you're holding it right side up.

    Raul December 1st, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Here, W tried to put this in his VCR.

    ClydeMc December 1st, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Dude, of COURSE you're in there!

    Susan G. December 1st, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    I know it's no Profiles in Courage, but it does have pictures.

    Jan December 1st, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Don't has a happy ending!

    shayne December 1st, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    "Your predecessor liked lots of pictures."

    Doris December 1st, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    You MUST tell me where you buy your ties!

    Greg December 1st, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    "And with the basic subscription, we'll send you all the annual updates of Endless Wars for only $19.95."

    Sandra December 1st, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    "Don't take my word for it, but I'm pretty sure there's a solution to your doggy dilemma in there!"

    richardrichard December 1st, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    the lipstick does'nt last long in alaska

    Teresa December 1st, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    You should have seen the look on Palin's face when Ii told her I'd love to give her a copy of the book. but I thought that would be a too socialistic, then she started to cry and tried to exchange a slightly used designer women's suit from Nordstrom's for it, but I stood ny ground.

    Tina Czarnota December 1st, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    It's really very simple. You sign up. You get 10 of your friends to sign up. They get their friends to sign on and you're on your way to making big bucks. Now this program isn't for everyone. So are you in?

    PENNY December 1st, 2008 at 7:42 pm


    Frank December 1st, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    I offered a copy to Gov Palin but she said if she wanted to know something she'd "...get one of them newspapers there.".

    MM J.R. in So Cal December 1st, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    'I read it in 6 weeks, which is really fast, since it says '3-6 years'!

    HHHHHHenry December 1st, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    I know I wrote that Hawaiians are always looking for a good lei, but....

    Rose Kowalski December 1st, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    ...then, when I turned 10, I got early admittance to Northwestern, and that first year was pretty rough, let me tell you, but then I heard Madeline Albright speak at a convocation, and--get this!--the next day I ran into her at Marshall Field's, and we just hit it off, and ever since...

    Dave the Ace December 1st, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    "O.k., I know this one--uh, A: Alabama, Alaska, ummm d***it--oh, yeah, Arizona; B -- "

    Mark Campanelli December 1st, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    So, what's your favorite book to read on the can?!?

    MMmmmary ross December 1st, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    He would say...
    "I cannot tell you how pleased I am to give my book to a president who reads...and speaks..real English! Love the tie, by the way."

    Doris December 1st, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Please tell me where you buy your ties.

    Alex E. December 1st, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    The English version comes out next year.

    Deon December 1st, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Just dont turn the book right side up - we will never hear the end of it

    Jill December 1st, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    So are there really aliens in Area 51?

    Mack December 1st, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Now in this story, Dr Seuss...

    Peter December 1st, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    I know for a fact there's only 50 states sir, not 57.

    Penny Dixon December 1st, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    "It's a revised edition of 'My Pet Goat'."

    Dave N. December 1st, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    This is the unabridged, fully illustrated version of "My Pet Goat," complete with animal husbandry details, that President Bush was given on 9/11. He was taken aback by it too.

    Evil Olive December 2nd, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Sir. You look like Denzel Washington, Sir. May I have your autograph?

    pfpfconpfconsul December 2nd, 2008 at 2:32 am

    You betcha, and it contains all of those famous lines that Sarah Palin used during her campaign

    Beaudelaire December 2nd, 2008 at 3:35 am

    It's all cartoons...I left the talk bubbles blank until after January 20

    Grandmum December 2nd, 2008 at 4:14 am

    ....and if you could just mention in your inaugural speech how much you liked the book.....Otherwise, we'll be in line for some of that bail-out money.

    Scott December 2nd, 2008 at 4:31 am

    See? Mine has waaaaaaaay more pictures!

    Evert December 2nd, 2008 at 4:35 am

    No, I'm sorry, it's not a misspelling, it should be Alabama, not Obama...

    Gregor December 2nd, 2008 at 5:33 am

    And this is the exact same coloring book I gave Dubya eight years ago...slick, huh?

    ed December 2nd, 2008 at 6:04 am

    just between us, do you really think that any intelligent person believes all that pablum you've been spewing?

    kevin December 2nd, 2008 at 6:36 am

    Remember to punish the red states.

    Sidney Leinwand December 2nd, 2008 at 6:37 am

    I've included all those pictures so that the Republicans will understand what it's all about.

    Tom M December 2nd, 2008 at 6:46 am

    ...and that's when it hit me just how cool it was that North Carolina ended up to the north of South Carolina, and North Dakota ended up north of South Dakota. I mean, isn't that just wild?

    C. Ortiz December 2nd, 2008 at 6:47 am

    "...and besides, being photographed with this book is waaaaaay
    better than being seen with "My Pet Goat", don't you think???"

    Stephen Smith December 2nd, 2008 at 6:53 am

    The last president asked me why there were so many words in this coloring book.

    Carol December 2nd, 2008 at 7:19 am

    "But are you sure that this is the book you keep your birth certificate in?"

    Southern Buddhist December 2nd, 2008 at 7:24 am

    Why, yes, sir -- Fup IS pictured in the Oregon section. Just turn to the spread on Portland.

    Southern Buddhist December 2nd, 2008 at 7:25 am

    Well, Powell's hasn't shipped to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the last eight years, but I'm pretty sure they can handle it.

    Paul Reiter December 2nd, 2008 at 7:28 am

    "It's called, 'The Presidency for Dummies'.

    Kathy December 2nd, 2008 at 7:36 am

    We are pretty sure if you stand on Sarah's back porch and throw it - you will hit Russia... and if not Russia - at least a felon or two.

    Heather Cross December 2nd, 2008 at 7:55 am

    "It's a work in progress, but I thought you could look it over, give me your thoughts,and...I don't know...give it to one of your connections in Hollywood? No pressure, man. I did the illustrations too!"

    Dexter Bailey December 2nd, 2008 at 8:21 am

    NO, Sir I didn't take Illinois out of the book.

    Chris December 2nd, 2008 at 9:04 am

    I'm so glad that you understand that this isn't a "Where's Waldo" book.

    JudisthShirley Keane December 2nd, 2008 at 9:45 am

    Barack, Now that the campaign is over, you'll have time to
    relax and read. Enjoy!

    Wyn December 2nd, 2008 at 9:47 am

    "There are so many opportunities to !*%# it up!"

    (From Wiley's interview on

    Richard Rochat December 2nd, 2008 at 9:50 am

    How bout telling the press "i ordered this great book "State-by-State" on-line from Powell's books, very insiteful."

    philgrimm December 2nd, 2008 at 10:29 am

    OK, so we didn't like what you had to say about Illinois...Don't take it so personally.. We were waiting for you to write about the White House!

    Douglas Scott December 2nd, 2008 at 10:38 am

    "You see, Mr. President, U.S. history has to be written the same way you won the Presidency:— State-By-State!"

    Larry December 2nd, 2008 at 10:47 am

    "I'm happy to see that you picked it up right-side up."

    dangerseven December 2nd, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Well, no, I didn't really write any of the essays, but I did write the introduction...and my name is on the cover.

    Neal Makely December 2nd, 2008 at 11:55 am

    The "Bush Edition" had a LOT more pictures.

    Christopher W. Govina December 2nd, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    No, Mister President, I didn't make a mistake. There are only fifty states.

    JoAnne Winter December 2nd, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    "...but for you, only $19.95!"

    Antonio Bigazzi December 2nd, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Next edition ... I may drop Alaska or add Russia.

    Mark Fresolone December 2nd, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Could you do that "Team of Rivals" hype thing for us, and reference "State by State" as an inspiration for your campaign's 50-state strategy?

    Marsh December 2nd, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Hey, buddy, got any change?

    Patricia MacAodha December 2nd, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Could you hold the cover up for the cameras, Sir. Free publicity is always helpful."

    Anna December 2nd, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    And I will eat them here and there.
    Say! I will eat them ANYWHERE!

    Marrtin Martin Rathke December 2nd, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Jesse Ventura told me that he would have a place for me in his administration.

    John DeAngelis December 2nd, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    "You can see Alaska from here!"

    John DeAngelis December 2nd, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    "You can read Alaska from here."

    Roses Barrie December 2nd, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Yes, you do have it right side up and no it is not a about Billy the Goat.

    Marsha Minten December 2nd, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    So tell me, how do I avoid 'Blackberry Thumb'?

    William William Lee Kohler December 2nd, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    This is Gods word the Holy Bible. The only guide book you should ever need. Remember king Soloman the wisest man who ever lived.

    Suzette Suzette December 3rd, 2008 at 3:37 am

    This is an offer you can't refuse!

    Thomas Chornock December 3rd, 2008 at 6:24 am

    And if you'll autograph my personal copy, I'll add a picture of your house to the paperback edition!

    Margie December 3rd, 2008 at 7:05 am

    Awwww come on, I know there's a gloat in there somewhere. Just do the happy dance for us one time.

    David K December 3rd, 2008 at 7:16 am

    And with Amway's marketing plan the products sell themselves.

    Mrs. Laura Pearson-Haros December 3rd, 2008 at 7:59 am

    "Thank god you are the new president and Bush is out now!"

    LiLisaLisa S. December 3rd, 2008 at 8:20 am

    To bad our law books aren't this small

    Andrea Chiavarini December 3rd, 2008 at 8:59 am

    "So, how much would YOU pay for a set of encyclopedias like this?"

    ShSharon Payne December 3rd, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Jeez, can I borrow your pen? How many boxes did you say you want - 50? You can sell them in the White House? Man, that would be fantastic! Thank you so much!

    Rand Wise December 3rd, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    So tell me more about your pet goat!

    Lee Stevens December 4th, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    "Are you sure you don't want me to sign it for you? Really, I don't mind."

    Liz in the City December 4th, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    So, you see, on page 34, Eloise finds her way back to the Plaza after all.

    superfancy December 5th, 2008 at 6:33 am

    Sarah Palin read the first chapter, but her lips got really tired.

    Susal December 5th, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Sorry about all the pictures -- I thought I'd be meeting with President Bush...

    Suitably vague December 10th, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Yeah [sigh], Fup autographed it, too.

    Cianwolf December 11th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Okay, make it out to Sean....that's son's name.....that's right, make it out to my son Sean. Thank you, sir.

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