Friday Listdown: O, A Presidential Novel
O: A Presidential Novel is not very well-written. Duh. But to get specific, it's light on sense and heavy on drama. We haven't made it past the first 100 pages, but here are some of our favorite lines from the anonymously penned book:
- He did not want to appear just another self-important, cynical Washington operator. Not to her.
- "The American people don't give a shit," he told his staff, "if the president takes his wife out for dinner or shoots some hoops or wants to spend a Sunday afternoon walking in the sunshine and joking with firends without agents smothering him, reporters shouting at him, and you guys crawling all over his ass."
- At that moment he felt a surging sense of well-being, of poise and potency. My God, he thought, I'm a lucky son of a bitch.
- Candidates who spoke to them as if they were addressing an audience of thousands always made them uncomfortably conspicuous and afraid to finish their meals.
- She didn't imagine he could be genuinely offended by a decision that implied she preferred him as a source rather than a lover. Cal Regan, of all people, wasn't the type to take offense at the obvious.