Tom at Omnivoracious has done a little detective work to figure out what those books behind Obama in his presidential addresses are:

Also, this particular address, with its promise of public works and its Chicago backdrop, makes me kind of swoony, so I wanted to post it on Slog again.

He's pretty sure they're a collection titled Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1961, 1962 and 1963. Now the question is: Are they a gift? Is Obama really reading them? Are they subliminal advertising? I can't believe I care so much about what a president-elect is reading.