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Fading Literary Star Barack Obama No Longer Selling Any Books

Remember to pay enough taxes to bomb another 10,000 poor Afghan children.One-time bestselling author Barack Obama is just a backlist nobody these days, as income from the sales of his fictional biographies has dropped from more than five million a year to less than a million. Sure, that’s more than Joe Biden makes, but Joe Biden just works for his “pauper” government paycheck of $230,700 a year. How does Biden survive? Anyway, the White House released the Obamas’ tax return info to celebrate Tax Day, and it shows Barry & Michelle’s income has dropped from $5.5 million to a measly $1,728,096. Again, how do these people survive? Lots of leftovers and washing out ziplocs, that’s how!

The New York Times reports on what the White House told them to report:

Income for the Obama household continued to slip in 2010, tax returns show, as proceeds from President Obama’s best-selling books tapered off. But just as he has said, his income is easily high enough to make the family eligible for a tax increase under his own deficit-reduction proposals.

Thank the Kenyan God of Fiscal Conservatism that these rich people still have enough to potentially help America’s most neediest: the Federal Deficit. [NYT]

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A writer and editor of this website from 2006 to early 2012, Ken Layne is occassionally seen on Twitter and writes small books and is already haunting you from beyond (your) grave.

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    1. SorosBot

      Not wanting to reveal her income is probably one of the reasons she hasn't started officially running for President yet (see also Trump).

    2. Lascauxcaveman

      Speaking of Palin books, has teh Wonkettes reported on this upcoming insider tell-all yet?

      (Appropriately mentioned in the "Entertainment" section of my local paper.)

      1. Barbara_i

        Yes, this has been all over the intertubes. I don't think any of the book hasn't been published on all the blogs already.

  1. V572..whatever

    Nothing's going right for Barry these days. He and Michelle will probably be reduced to penury after leaving office, just like the Clintons were.

  2. Frost/Nixon/Robocop

    That will still buy a lot of ribs for Michelle to eat while our kids have to eat government mandated veggies.

  3. DaRooster

    We really need a recall now. The guy is truly not an American, what with his,"I could easily pay more taxes and help out the country" nonsense…

  4. Mumbletypeg

    Lots of leftovers and washing out ziplocs, that’s how!

    Quit reading my mail. You just described my entire workweek-lunch routine.

    Rinsing out the ziplocs cuz I carry spent coffeegrounds from the office Bun-O-Matic home in 'em for my ecofriendly compost, if you must know!

    1. YasserArraFeck

      Don't forget to get your friendly neighborhood letter carrier to stop by and make a compost contribution "Go Green by Giving Brown"

    2. emmelemm

      I do that too! (Save up compost-y things from work – coffee grounds, apple cores – and take them home.)

      Got-darned treehuggin' hippies!!!1!!

  5. Eve8Apples

    Looks like Barry and the girls are gonna have to help Michelle with the garden. How will they afford groceries on that pittance? Maybe they'll end up on food stamps or at the local food pantry.

  6. arihaya

    perhaps if someone in his family get banged, pregnant and become abstinence advocate , his family will have more income …

  7. freakishlywrong

    This is all over the place today. Fuck that. Release the gigantic infant's tax returns so we can see how little he actually made. Hell, he's probably paying the highest tax rates, the lions share, like the rest of us working poors.

  8. SorosBot

    He's certainly got a long way to go before he catches up to the world's two bestselling authors, Anonymous and Various.

  9. user-of-owls

    Utterly tangential, but a headline on America's Greatest News Outlet, Drudge, says:

    "Haley Barbour undergoes surgery for campaign-related ailment…"

    Guess all that blubber was actually weighing him down in the polls.

  10. KeepFnThatChicken

    Precarious balance of those Chef-Boy-AR-Dee microwaveable meals, there. Barry may need to move, lest he get clocked in a Save-A-lot avalanche.

  11. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Did he report how much Iran is paying him to set up the Muslim Caliphate here in the US?

  12. Eve8Apples

    Instead of selling books, he can sell autographed laminated copies of his birf certificate to the birfers for $100.00 a pop.

  13. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    How can we expect a president who is making less than $5 mil/year to understand the terrible burden this country places on the rich.

  14. horsedreamer_1

    Meawhile, last year's mohel had the foreskin to put a little something away, in the event the economy turned south.

  15. crybabyboehner

    Doesn't Biden do oil changes and tune-ups on the weekend to pick up a few extra bucks?

  16. Gopherit

    This makes me wonder how Coulter reported her 5 cartons of marlboros and year's worth of hormone injections for her latest book.

  17. nounverb911

    "but Joe Biden just works for his “pauper” government paycheck of $230,700 a year. How does Biden survive? "
    Jill helps. How much does she make as a professor?

  18. Mumbletypeg

    hur, dur, CRUNCH *fishes loose coffee ground from between molars*

    It also sucks when you don't rinse the bags enough, and next day's sandwich chafes your gumline like a grain of sand. (I know. sand…wich…)

    1. freakishlywrong

      Elitist. You can afford to recycle Ziploc bags, as well as have a "sandwich" for lunch. Is this thing, this "sandwich" canned?

  19. chicken_thief

    Have you seen the price of arugula at Whole Foods these days? Them Obama's is one step away from homelessness….

    1. ShaveTheWhales

      Mmm, Elizabeth, I think in this particular case Ken is just being, you know, ironic.

      The hate is usually easier to spot.

  20. Warpde

    Well now, that's a sigh of relief. I only have to work 31.9 years now to make what the First couple make in a year. Beats the hell out of the 100 years I was looking at last year.

  21. anti0aquabudda

    Obama's next book will be titled:
    "How I vilified the 'rich', did nothing to raise their taxes, then went on to become one"

  22. Negropolis

    Oh. My. God. Ken. Are you serious? Are you this petty with that fucking ridiculous title?

    You are so behaviourally weak.

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