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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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  • Barbara_i

    Anyone got a copy of Palin's return?

    • http://www.wonkette.com ManchuCandidate

      I suspect she's suffered a much more major drop in income from the 12 million hill billy dollars she made last year.

    • Eve8Apples

      Trig is still coloring on it, so she had to get an extension.

    • 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).

    • 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.)

      • 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.

  • JoshuaNorton

    Where's his Kenyan long form tax return?

    Huh? Huh? AnSWeR Me111!!!!

    • Lionel[redacted]Esq

      Siily Mr. Norton. Kenyan's don't pay taxes.

  • 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.

  • hagajim

    I'll bet he didn't even sell as many books as dead person Ayn Rand.

    • crybabyboehner

      Are you sure? Have you seen her DEATH CERTIFICATE?

      • Lionel[redacted]Esq

        Little known fact: Ayn Rand died in Kenya, having been shot by an Indonesian.

    • fuflans

      yeah, but it'll make a better movie…

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Eh, the White House kitchen probably gets a sizeable discount on hobo ribeyes.

  • user-of-owls

    How much is that in renminbi?

    • LesBontemps

      Hahaha, as if dollars could be traded for real money! You funny.

  • Frost/Nixon/Robocop

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

  • 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…
    Kenyan!

  • Goonemeritus

    His plan is to let it drop to $249,999 before he sticks it to the man.

  • 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!
    /indignance

    • eastcoastelite

      I'm glad I'm not alone in pilfering the office compost…..

    • YasserArraFeck

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

    • 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!!

  • 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.

  • bflrtsplk

    If he's from Kenya, where'd he learn how to write?

    • axmxz

      You mean if he's from Hawaii, where'd he learn how to write?

      • DahBoner

        People from Hawaii learn how to write in sunscreen at an early age…

  • MissTaken

    Twenty dolla make ya holla!

  • arihaya

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

  • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

    OMG, Mrs. weejee washes out zip-locks like Michelle. Well she is my first, last & only lady.

    • Mumbletypeg

      More power to her. Garbage Patch kids we ain't, she & I. (Not exactly part of the cure, but at least forestalling the inevitable?…)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/30500320@N06/ DerrickWildcat

    He gets a company car and a gas allowance so he saves quite a bit of money on that.

    • nounverb911

      Which is more than the state senators in CA get now.

  • 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.

  • SorosBot

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

  • 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.

    • http://www.kenlayisalive.org KenLayIsAlive

      "campaign-related ailment…"

      He confused a sack of campaign buttons for his box of Ritz Crackers (again)?

      haha. That ritzy cracker.

    • SayItWithWookies

      Guess he really did blow it out his ass.

    • Texan_Bulldog

      campaign-related ailment=lap band surgery

      • Nothingisamiss

        exactly what I was set to type!

        • user-of-owls

          I was gonna go with lobotomy, you know, just to establish some cred with the base.

    • ShaveTheWhales

      Cranio-rectal dissection?

  • 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.

  • Lionel[redacted]Esq

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

    • http://www.kenlayisalive.org KenLayIsAlive

      Oh, he just does that for free.

    • mereoblivion

      Ain't paying him Shi-ite, me-an!

  • http://www.kenlayisalive.org KenLayIsAlive

    It's called "The Audacity of Constant Compromise".

  • Eve8Apples

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

    • DahBoner

      # WIN

  • 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.

  • LesBontemps

    This is good news for that John McCain kid, obvs.

  • chascates

    His mother-in-law takes care of the kids in return for 3 hots and a cot.

  • ablington

    No wonder Republicans hate him, he's so poor.

  • horsedreamer_1

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

  • crybabyboehner

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

    • chicken_thief

      You make fun, but that's a BIG FUCKING DEAL….

  • Gopherit

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

  • 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?

  • SorosBot

    It'll come out around the same time as Duke Nukem 3D.

    • poncho_pilot

      and Atlas Shrugged 2: The Search For More Money.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Book sales go up, book sales go down. How do you explain it?

  • Trannysurprise

    I hope he doesn't get blacklisted. Oh, wait.

  • 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…)

    • freakishlywrong

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

      • Mumbletypeg

        We eat sand when we run out crawdad and the rest. How longsuffering has your meal-taking been compromised? You haven't exactly convinced me yet you're in a tight spot!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/30500320@N06/ DerrickWildcat

    That stack of Spaghetti-Os is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

  • chicken_thief

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

  • Limeylizzie

    Can we stop hating on Barry for every slightest thing, please?

    • ShaveTheWhales

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

      The hate is usually easier to spot.

  • 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.

  • BZ1

    Time for Bo to write a tell-all??

  • Lionel[redacted]Esq

    The joke is on everyone else, as Obama only accepts payment in gold.

  • 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"

  • Negropolis

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

    You are so behaviourally weak.