If you can believe Karl Rove, he and Bush had a friendly competition to see who could read more books each year. According to Rove, Bush read 95 books in 2006, 51 in 2007, and 40 in 2008. That’s an average of more than one book a week over 3 years.
Apparently, Obama is not nearly so well read. According to New York Times reporter Michael Powell, Obama is finding that he has little time to read:
I got talking to him about what he reads and was telling me about these different policy tomes. And I said, “Well, yeah, but come on. I’m out here on the campaign trail with you, you’re up even earlier than I am, and I’ve been carrying around this Philip Roth book with me for two months and I’m yet to even crack it.” He actually laughed at that point, and said, “Yeah, you have very little chance to really read. I basically floss my teeth and watch Sports Center.”
UPDATE: Rove probably anticipated people assuming that Bush was counting such books as “My Pet Goat” so he listed many of the books Bush read, and they do appear to be legit. That is of course, assuming that you can believe anything Rove says.