This is part of our continuing series of Cliff's Notes on books by politicians we think might be running for president in 2012. Click through the links to see what's come over our transom so far, and keep checking back or more. We read 'em so you don't have to.
Book: Can’t Wait Till Christmas!
Author: Mike Huckabee
Opening line: "Christmas was Mike’s favorite season."
Closing line: "And everyone could tell they weren’t faking."
Synopsis: The Fox News Channel host and former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate gives a brief, illustrated account of some childhood mischief. He and his sister sneakily opened their Christmas presents early, then rewrapped them before the big day. His parents catch them and teach them the valuable lessons of patience and honesty.
Publication Date: October 15, 2010
Number of Pages: 30
List price: $17.99
Birthday sentence: (August 24, 1955) = pg. 24: "Meanwhile, Mike was busy trying to wipe the mud off his football."
Takeaway: This is the second year in a row in which Huckabee released a Christmas book, and the former Baptist preacher takes a much less religious tone in this one. The lighthearted tenor of the book, the lack of politics, and the fact that it is aimed at children hints that Huckabee might be happy staying out of the political arena for now. Maybe he's opting for a 2024 run when the targeted readership will be of voting age. Although President Obama's own just-released children's book certainly doesn't preclude another White House run, there are other indications that Huckabee may be happy where he is: He has also not spent much time in the early primary and caucus states.
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