A sales clerk puts newly released CD book of US President Barack Obama's speeches on a shelve at Tokyo's Kinokuniya bookstore on Janaury 28, 2009. Asahi Press, the first to publish a book of Obama speeches, has sold 420,000 copies since late November and the latest of the president's speech book started to sell in Japan from January 28. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)

--Michael Crowley