Time to pick up a calendar for the New Year. If you’re planning to buy the popular 2009 Barack Obama Wall Calendar: Words of Hope and Inspiration, you may have to order it or search around for it.
Sourcebooks has shipped at least 100,000 copies since the calendar first published back in August of 2008, according to Publishers Weekly. The calendar includes familiar quotes like this one from the future president: “For when we have faced down impossible odds; when we’ve been told that we’re not ready, or that we shouldn’t try, or that we can’t, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of the people: Yes we can.” Also, sprinkled throughout the 16 month calendar are quotes from famous people who’ve had an impact, among them Mahatma Gandhi who said: “The future depends on what we do in the present.”
Throughout the months of this calendar, dates are noted for famous firsts and key moments that have united our nation. It’s no wonder; the calendar has become a collector’s item. I scooped up the last four on the shelf at Barnes & Noble in Burbank the day after Thanksgiving. I was told they were having trouble keeping the calendars in stock and they were on back order. I lucked out last Saturday, when I bought several more of the calendars at the same bookstore where the supply was dwindling fast.