State Dept Spends $80K On African Embassy Books, Including ‘Dreams From My Father’


The State Department is spending $80,000 on books for a US embassy in Africa. The titles include President Obama’s “Dreams From My Father,” Cass Sunstein’s “Nudge,” and even the “US Constitution for Dummies.” I think they should keep that one for the president.

Free Beacon has the details:

The State Department placed an eclectic book order for a U.S. embassy in Africa on Friday, including volumes of President Barack Obama’s first autobiography Dreams from My Father and the Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding.

The nearly $80,000 order for the American Embassy in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, will add 1,716 books to its library, ranging from subjects on self help to feminism.

Near the top of the list are four copies of Les Rêves de Mon Père, the French translation of Dreams from My Father, Obama’s first memoir published in 1995 when he was 34 years old. The Audacity of Hope was also ordered.

Nudge: La méthode douce pour inspirer la bonne decision, or “the gentle method to inspire the right decision,” by Obama’s former regulatory czar Cass Sunstein was also purchased. The book examines the “libertarian paternalism” philosophy of using government to nudge people into “more rational behavior.”

Read the whole thing. In addition to “Constitution for Dummies” there are some feminist books and one about the make believe war on women.