Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, long thought to be a contender for the White House in 2016 against Hillary Clinton, has released a book entitled, “All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life.” And like his primary contender for the 2016 Democratic nomination, it has not been well received.
Wednesday night, Cuomo held a book signing at a Barnes & Noble in New York City and it was probably the saddest thing the New York Times has had to cover all week, and that includes the slow and tragic decline of AirBnB.
There were no lines snaking down the sidewalk, and no scramble to claim a copy of the 517-page tome. The most enthusiastic attendees seemed to be the protesters outside, who urged a ban on hydraulic fracturing…
Then he took a seat at a long table and began signing. He greeted guests with a handshake and asked how they were doing. Often, he inquired about the name written on a Post-it note for him to include in his inscription.
Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, rarely has events where average New Yorkers can speak to him at any length. As a result, some people arrived with an agenda, urging the governor to grant clemency or to ban hydrofracking.
“If all things are possible, so is a statewide ban,” said Courtney Weber of Inwood, from the Pagan Environmental Coalition of New York City. Other attendees were not average bookworms — one, the real estate developer William C. Rudin, was greeted enthusiastically by Mr. Cuomo.
Cuomo isn’t faring much better on Amazon. Right now, All Things Possible sits in the low two thousands on Amazon’s best seller list. And of the 374 people who’ve reviewed it, 356 gave it one star. By contrast, Cuomo’s live-in girlfiend, Food Network personality Sandra Lee has 27 books on Amazon, none of which score lower than three stars. And her main claim to fame is showing you how to pile decorative junk on your dining room table while half in the bag from tasting your event’s “signature cocktail.”
Maybe next time Cuomo should try a recipe book.