What Do Obama and McCain (Want You to) Read?

| 8/21/2008 11:01:05 AM

McCain vs. Obama over GoogleGoogle just released a new application called Power Readers in Politics, where both major presidential candidates and a number of journalists show off what they’re reading on Google Reader. Obama and McCain have reading lists that look like two sides of the same coin. Here’s a breakdown of what the candidates (or at least their campaign staff) say they're reading.




Non-Girly Man Credentials:
Obama: ESPN, NBA, Chicago White Sox
McCain: Arizona Cardinals, Diamondbacks, ESPN
Advantage: Obama. The White Sox won the World Series in 2005. The Arizona Cardinals haven’t won anything since the 1940s.

Trying to be funny:
McCain: BBQ Bible, JibJab
Obama: Daily Show
Advantage: Obama. Although the short, bespectacled Steve Raichlen of the BBQ Bible might play well in some parts of the country, the Daily Show is definitely funnier than Jib Jab.

8/22/2008 12:38:12 PM

yea, what Helen said. I couldn't agree more.

Helen Gallagher
8/21/2008 3:28:52 PM

You're so wrong to give the advantage to McCain in the Obama/McCain reading survey. McCain was asked what blogs he reads about a week ago and he was speechless. Eventually he mentioned the names of two staffers and said something like "they tell me about it." I suspect his answers were provided by staff but aren't a reflection on how up-to-date the candidate is or what he reads. Helen Gallagher