The only American author more popular than Michelle Obama is, apparently, her husband.
Former President Barack Obama’s new memoir sold almost one million copies within 24 hours of its release on Tuesday, eclipsing the first-day sales of his wife Michelle’s 2018 bestseller, according to The Hill.
Publisher “thrilled” with sales
Barack Obama’s book, A Promised Land, sold almost 890,000 copies on its first day, making it likely the best selling presidential memoir ever.
According to The Hill, the book outpaced the 725,000 copies his wife Michelle’s memoir, Becoming, sold on its first day, and it dwarfs the 400,000 copies of Bill Clinton’s My Life and the more than 200,000 of George W. Bush’s memoir.
“We are thrilled with the first-day sales,” David Drake, publisher of the Penguin Random House imprint that released the former president’s memoir, said in a statement regarding the news, according to the Associated Press. “They reflect the widespread excitement that readers have for President Obama’s highly anticipated and extraordinarily written book.”
Since leaving the White House, the charismatic couple has converted their significant celebrity into lucrative book and film production deals. Michelle Obama’s memoir became the bestselling book of 2018, according to the New York Post, and was accompanied by a book tour fit for a rock star. The book has since sold more than 10 million copies.
As for her husband, one volume was apparently not enough to capture what he had to say, so there are two of A Promised Land, the first of which is 768 pages. According to the Post, the first volume covers President Obama’s political career up through his first term in office.
Obama dishes out rebuke of Trump
The former president has been highly critical of his successor in recent months, calling Donald Trump an existential threat to democracy — and in his book, Barack Obama suggests that such weighty matters were on his brow when he produced his latest tome.
In the introduction, the former president writes that he feared America’s “democracy seems to be teetering on the brink of crisis” and that his book would fall flat if Biden were to lose the presidential election, as the AP reported.
Like his wife did in her own book, Barack Obama also disparages Trump and his role in promoting the claim that Barack was born in Kenya throughout the memoir.
The former president even came under fire for an excerpt in the book in which he argues that Trump’s rise was a reaction to his own presidency, which left millions of apparently racist Americans “spooked.”
“It was as if my very presence in the White House had triggered a deep-seated panic, a sense that the natural order had been disrupted,” Barack Obama writes, according to Just the News.