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Mark Salter Author of "O"

Mark Salter Author of "O" - Washington has been buzzing over the identity of the anonymous author behind "O: A Presidential Novel," a fictionalized account of the 2012 presidential campaign starring an Obama figure named simply "O." The book features obvious stand-ins for Arianna Huffington, Sarah Palin and the website Politico, and it offers a complicated portrait of "O" as a somewhat-compromised idealist who sometimes struggles under the weight of the presidency.

Hotsheet got an early copy of "O" and devoured it in a weekend; as I discuss in the video below, the author seemed likely to me to be a political reporter, not an administration insider. That's because while the book is great on the workings of a campaign and the interaction between reporters and their sources, it did not strike me as having great insight into the president or his White House.

Now a suspect has emerged who is not, in fact, a political reporter - but who does fit the bill as someone who understands campaigns and reporters but does not have a strong connection to Mr. Obama. That suspect is Mark Salter, a longtime close aide to John McCain and his former speechwriter. Salter has written several books with McCain, including his biography, "Faith of My Fathers."

Mark Salter Author of "O"


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