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George W. Bush Under the Most Trees This Holiday

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Former President George W. Bush is getting his wish from Santa Claus: book royalties.(Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Looks like George W. Bush's memoir Decision Points will be coming down the most chimneys this holiday season, as the former president remains No. 1 in Amazon's book ratings as of 10 a.m. on Friday. It might be a happy holiday indeed for the Bush family: Wife Laura's Spoken From the Heart remains one of the online bookseller's top 100 books, coming in at No. 99.  Thursday marked the former first lady's 100th day on the top-100 list.

Others with Oval Office experience or aspirations continued to drop in Amazon's rankings: President Obama's children's book, Of Thee I Sing, slid to No. 41, while Sarah Palin's America By Heart was No. 49 -- falling back behind Obama's latest after enjoying one week in the lead.

 

Neither did as well as political comedian Jon Stewart's new Earth (The Book), which is No. 6 on Amazon's list. Still popular more than three months after release: Bill O'Reilly's Pinheads and Patriots. The Fox News talk-show host's book sits at No. 46 -- in between Obama and Palin.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's latest foray into fiction, Valley Forge, slipped to No. 215, down from No. 90. On Thursday evening, he celebrated an early "Christmas with Newt" in Spartanburg, S.C., an early-voting primary state.

Trailing far behind were offerings from other potential presidential candidates:

 
  • Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's seasonally appropriate children's book Can't Wait Till Christmas! fell slightly to No. 2,888.  In a recent interview with National Journal, Huckabee took shots at Obama for being "amateurish."
  • Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's Leadership and Crisis also dropped from last week, it's now at No. 2,136. The governor's job-approval ratings in his home state continue to drop as well, down to 55 percent, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry's Fed Up! slid again, to No. 4,149. Perry will lead the Republican Governors Association next year.

'Tis the season to curl up with a good book and take a break from politics. We'll soon find out which politicians on this list make a New Year's resolution to move from writing to running -- for the White House.

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