Most people know that Obama’s two autobiographical books have become bestsellers, but it now looks like Obama also has the power to create bestsellers out of other people’s books. The first example is Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln”. The book’s discussion of how Lincoln brought his political rivals into his administration seems especially relevant now that Obama is assembling his own administration. And the fact that Obama has mentioned the book several times has driven the book into the top 20 lists on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Obama is also a fan of Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comic books, but no data yet on whether sales of those have increased. Even so, columnist Tony Norman hopes that Obama will be the first president who takes Spider-Man’s mantra to heart:
With great power comes great responsibility.
UPDATE: Leonard Nimoy says that he had run into “one of the presidential candidates” (he wouldn’t name him, but did say that it “was not John McCain”), and that the candidate had given him the Vulcan salute from Star Trek.