For those eagerly anticipating Barack Obama’s post-White House memoir, you’ll have to wait just a little bit longer.
USA Today reports that Publisher Penguin Random House began alerting foreign partners and others about the status of the memoir in December, and the word on the street is that the book won’t be released until later in 2020, during the upcoming presidential campaign.
Much like various White House speeches and his 1995 bestselling novel “Dreams From My Father,” Obama is writing the book himself using his favored technique of jotting down the first draft in legal pads, according to USA Today. This will be Obama’s fourth book.
Obama has made it clear that he wants to have no active role in the upcoming Democratic presidential primary, going so far as to not endorse his embattled BFF Joe Biden or any other candidate. But as USA Today notes, by being thrust back into the spotlight in the lead-up to such a pivotal election, he will command the eyes and ears of millions of U.S. citizens looking for any signs of favor or preference for a presidential candidate.
The Obamas signed with Penguin Random House in 2017. The financial terms of their deal weren’t disclosed, but word on the street is that the Obama’s secured the largest book advance of any ex-president, even more than Bill Clintons $15 million.