People are not liking Michelle Obama’s new book, American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. Let me rephrase. People who believe they have a talent for detecting propaganda are saying that the book is a sad excuse for a campaign photo op.  To prove that Michelle is not the gardener she claims to be Emma G.K. of The Guardian takes things pretty seriously:  “I spent a considerable amount of time going through the book peering at shiny pictures of Michelle Obama’s manicured fingernails trying to find some dirt under them. Try as I might, I couldn’t spot a speck.” Seriously Emma?

Ok, just so you know, the book was partly fabricated in the underworld of ghost writing. Someone helped Michelle a good bit, the same woman who “wrote” Laura Bush’s book. So says the New York Times.

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But really, what’s all the fuss about? So Michelle’s book is just another “fake” book “written” by a public figure. Half the people who buy it will not read it. By next May, it will clutter the shelves of many a thrift shop. But then don’t forget that the book has lots of pictures of vegetables so glossy they look like center pieces. Wondering what the First Dog, Bo, looks like? I hear there’re lots of doggie photos. And don’t underestimate the sex appeal of a pretty older woman dressed up as a gardener. This all sounds to me like an excellent coffee table book.  It’s not cutting-edge research on gardening. It’s certainly campaign material, and you don’t need to be a marketing guru to figure that out. Seriously, it’s just a cute little book wearing a big political hat.

All proceeds from the book goes to https://www.nationalparks.org/

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