A Man Publishes A Book Called Everything Obama Knows About The Economy Filled With 200 Blank Pages
SMH. You can literally make money off of anything these days. Just ask Jimmy Moncrief, a 30-year-old banker from Tennessee who recently published his first book, Everything Obama Knows About The Economy. He has already sold hundreds of copies of it. Now, we know what you’re thinking: ‘Big deal. He published a book—a book about Obama, no less—and sold a few copies. So what?’ But the big deal here is that the book isn’t actually a book at all—it’s a collection of 200 blank pages.
“Initially, I made 100 of them just because I figured I had enough friends and family to kind of give them out as gifts,” Moncrief told The Daily Caller recently. “But what happened was when I got a hundred, I sold them all within a week or two.”
Now, as The Daily Caller points out, there is a precedent for this. Another man once “wrote” a best-selling collection of blank pages called What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex. But, is this book a joke like that one was—or is it offensive and a sign of why so many Americans can’t get along when it comes to politics?
I’d say a little of both. On the one hand, Moncrief is a genius for coming up with such a simple way to make money. While other people spend years trying to come up with a great book concept, Moncrief’s discovered a painless way to move books and make money. On the other, Moncrief is basically banking off the name of the President of the United States of America and doing it in such a way that’s neither helpful nor insightful when it comes to the economic crisis that this country is going through. He’s simply fueld by a hatred for Obama.
“Where I live,” he said, “there’s just so much hatred for Obama…I like capitalism so I was like, ‘How can I make money off this?’ It’s just a funny gift, you know? I just wanted to get people to laugh.”
They’re laughing alright. But then Moncrief is laughing all the way to the bank thanks to all of the hard work—or lack thereof—that he devoted towards his “book.” I don’t know about you, but the fact that this guy is making money off people for a six-word title on a book kind of irks me. Then again, like I said at the beginning, you can literally make money off of anything these days. So, should I really be all that surprised that Moncrief is selling this book—and, more importantly, that people are buying it? Probably not. All I can do is sit back and shake my head.