Race Is on for Laura's Memoirs; Dubya Not So Much

Book deal could be worth millions; lame-duck President must shelve ambitions
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2008 11:29 AM CST
First lady Laura Bush and Michelle Obama sit in the private residence of the White House Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, after the President-elect and Mrs. Obama arrived for a visit and tour.   (AP Photo/The White House, Joyce N. Boghosian)
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(Newser) – Laura Bush is likely to net millions from publishers bidding on her memoirs, the New York Post reports—not exactly the case for her lame-duck husband. “The wives of presidents generally write books that have a greater public interest,” one insider says. “Husbands usually try to rewrite history.” Adds another: “Dubya is going to have to wait about 5 years.”

Another insider points to mixed results for memoirs by Bill Clinton (a high-selling success) and Ronald Reagan (not so much): “Bush is probably more of a financial risk for publishers at this point than either Clinton or Reagan.”