Penguin Random House will publish two books by Barack and Michelle Obama, the publisher announced Tuesday night, for a total of $65 million. The couple will write their books separately but sold the book rights jointly.
Penguin Random House will reportedly donate one million books to First Book, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide books to disadvantaged children, and to Open eBooks, the White House’s 2016 partner for its digital-education initiative, ConnectED.
“We are absolutely thrilled to continue our publishing partnership with President and Mrs. Obama,” Markus Dohle, the chief executive of Penguin Random House, said in the statement to Vanity Fair. “With their words and their leadership, they changed the world, and every day, with the books we publish at Penguin Random House, we strive to do the same. Now, we are very much looking forward to working together with President and Mrs. Obama to make each of their books global publishing events of unprecedented scope and significance.”
Per the Times, the publishing house would not reveal whether the Obamas’ books will be memoirs but confirmed that the Obamas will donate part of their advances to charity, including to the Obama Foundation.
But conservatives are none too happy:
@TheIJR I would need to be paid money to read a book about how Obama was a complete and utter failure as president.
— TruthHonorAmerica (@RighteousValues) March 1, 2017
OBAMA $60 MILLION BOOK DEAL
TITLE CONSIDERED IS "HOW I SCREWED AMERICA"
— Maria Mitchell (@CatsofVelvet) March 1, 2017
Maybe since Obama is getting $60 million4 book deal he can pay us back 4 all the vacations he took on the publics dime 4 him & his family
— BETTY LASALLE (@TL701415) March 2, 2017
The Obama's inked a 60 Million dollar book deal thanks to the Trump economy. No word on when the thank you statement will be released.
— NoCoupForYou (@IChooseFakeNews) March 1, 2017
— D Ploribus Unum (@dreamedofdust) March 1, 2017
Obama signs $65 million book deal. It pays to be a "Champion for the poor and destitute."
— GuthDaddy (@mediumsexy) March 1, 2017
— onedovealone (@onedovealone) March 1, 2017
What idiots would pay the Obama's 60 Million for a book deal? You could not pay me enough to read anything from that jackass.
— Joe Johnson (@joejohnson291) March 1, 2017
@TheIJR – somewhere PT Barnum is laughing his butt off….. ?
— BobLee (@BobLeeSays) March 2, 2017