published Friday, December 23rd, 2011, updated Dec. 24th, 2011 at midnight

Chattanooga man writes 200-page blank book: 'Everything Obama Knows About the Economy'

by Chris Carroll
Jimmy Moncrief with his book “Everything Obama Knows About The Economy” in Ooltewah on Friday. Moncrief originally had 100 copies of the 100 page book for sale on Amazon and it quickly sold out.
Jimmy Moncrief with his book “Everything Obama Knows About The Economy” in Ooltewah on Friday. Moncrief originally had 100 copies of the 100 page book for sale on Amazon and it quickly sold out.
Photo by Alex Washburn.
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Moncrief has launched for future efforts.

There are numerous other gag gift books for sale at sites such as, including "Everything Obama Knows About Individual Liberty and Freedom, " Everything Obama Knows about Gun Rights and the Second Amendment."

The fact-checking process for a Chattanooga credit analyst's 200-page book probably took record time. Not even one-tenth of a second.

Open up "Everything Obama Knows About The Economy" and Jimmy Moncrief becomes less of a god of journalism and more like a Republican with a joke: Every page, cover to cover, is blank.

"I'm not trying to start a revolution," said Moncrief, who identifies himself as a fiscal conservative without a favorite GOP presidential candidate. "I just want to make people laugh."

Asked about his inspiration, Moncrief's credits a similar bit of emptiness from Sheridan Simove, who, ahem, wrote a 200-page bestseller titled, "What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex."

"I remember reading that it sold like 3 million copies," said Moncrief, a 30-year-old Memphis native who graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. "I'm a banker. It's not some glamorous job, so I wanted to do something fun and also wanted to make money."

Moncrief said last-minute political gag gift seekers can find his book at the Chattanooga Billiards Club.

On Amazon, where Moncrief's self-published creation is listed as "temporarily out of stock," buyers can pre-order the book for $14.95. Customers who have searched his book also scanned M.T. Pages' "Everything Obama Has Done to Deserve Re-Election," according to Amazon.

Not everyone is a Moncrief fan.

"Selling books is a great way to grow the economy," said Tennessee Democratic Party spokesman Brandon Puttbrese. "It adds to commerce, shipping, transportation and, for this book, garage sales."

An Amazon reviewer, identifying himself as CheddarPants, went a different route.

"While this book isn't remotely original, I do have to admit that it was written to perfectly correspond to the reading ability of most people who don't like President Obama, so I have to give the author credit for knowing his target audience," CheddarPants wrote.

Fifteen of 127 online voters found the review "helpful."

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Salsa said...

Cheddar Pants = DNC shill.

December 24, 2011 at 12:10 a.m.
TN2011 said...

That's an interesting username you've got there, CheddarPants.

December 24, 2011 at 12:40 a.m.
Chatt88 said...

That's great. Nothing like a bit of good humor!

I'm glad TFP decided that CheddarPants was such a quotable commentator....

December 24, 2011 at 7:09 a.m.
WEBMAN said...

"I'm a banker". Enough said.

December 24, 2011 at 7:47 a.m.
scout29c said...

"Everything Obama Knows About The Economy" is no joke. It represents the right-wing extremist point of view. If you don’t see things their way, you have no opinion. The pages of the book are blank because that is all the Teabaggers see in any opposition. No matter how much merit there may be to the opposition’s argument, unless it conforms to the right wing’s expectations, it is invisible. It is blank.

It’s symptomatic of what is wrong with Congress, today. What is suppose to be a deliberative body, has become dysfunctional because the Teaparty faction in the House will not deliberate or compromise with what they view as a blank slate.

December 24, 2011 at 9:48 a.m.
John_Proctor said...

I suggest another title to further fill the pockets of our banker turned "author." Switch the title to "Other Priorities-My Military Service Record" by Dick Cheney.

An even bigger seller would be "Boils On My Butt-A Tale of My Military Service" by Rush Limbaugh.

December 24, 2011 at 9:52 a.m.
Profile75i said...

Now that' funny right there... whine anyone?

December 24, 2011 at 10:36 a.m.
328Kwebsite said...

It was obviously written with the "No Child Left Behind" educational skill set.

December 24, 2011 at 11:39 a.m.
Selah said...

Chattanooga run for president and let's see how thick and blank your book will be. Oh, that's right can even get started

December 24, 2011 at 12:07 p.m.
bookworm said...

'Not all dumb people are conservatives, but all conservatives are dumb.' __ quote by famous philosopher, John Stuart Mill.

December 24, 2011 at 12:07 p.m.
fiberopguy said...

So how do you find a publisher?

December 24, 2011 at 3:09 p.m.
terrybham said...

It looks like old Jimmy just ignores the people who got us into this mess in a misguided attempt to be "cute". Just ignore the facts, it is the GOP and the Fox way. As for WEBMAN, the proud banker, he and his type are responsible for this disaster that the US and the rest of the world is in. Thanks for everything WEBMAN, you're a real genius.

December 24, 2011 at 3:47 p.m.
fedup350 said...

here is a nice video for the room on tis subject, enjoy..

December 24, 2011 at 4:34 p.m.
fedup350 said...

Oh and terrybham , read the posts man! WEBMAN is on your side. He was quoting the writer of said book and was attempting in his own sly way of saying the economic mess was his fault because he is a banker. Get with it! You are so ready to bash you bash your own...sheesh

December 24, 2011 at 4:56 p.m.
chet123 said...

Yeap....See this guy is getting rich off haters.....well i really dont blame him....sarah palin did it....Oh yeah....mike hucklebee did also...he was able to move from arkansas and bulid to new home in florida.....Oh yeah Herman Cain made a lot of money on haters....why not????? Sucker born every second...maybe ten a second in the republican party.....

I remember a guy got rich off a Bill Clinton watch....the nose on the watch grew eveytime clinton told a lie...ha ha....plenty of money to ba made off the haters ha ha ha ha

Its funny... in real life the Dumb-butt and liar are in the republican party.....ha ha ha.....But i dont think theres a Market for dumb lying republicans.....they are not a rarity..there are too many REPUBLICAN DUMB-BUTT LIARS....REPUBLICAN DRIVE MARKET PRICE DOWN...SUPPLY EXCEED DEMAND!!!!! HA HA HA HA

December 24, 2011 at 6:47 p.m.
joepulitzer said...


December 24, 2011 at 7:07 p.m.
prairiedog said...

Lawyers know nothing about economics. They are one of two professions which insists on payment up front, before any work is done. They make you deposit a big chunk of money and then bill against it.

Everybody who thinks they know about economics needs to spend a summer growing a crop, hauling it to market, and then seeing how easy it is to sell, and how much they make for doing the work. That's economics.

December 24, 2011 at 7:25 p.m.
SavartiTN said...

I'm not sure that this is an original idea. There is an entire series of these books by a different author that predate this young man's book...that is, unless he "wrote" all of the other ones, too. Just check on

December 24, 2011 at 10:32 p.m.
Rufus_T_Firefly said...

Typical Republican.

Anything to make a $$ with as little effort as possible.

December 26, 2011 at 5:01 p.m.
ljcarolyne said...

Simply Brilliant: That is the best idea since the horrible election of 2008. I'm from Ooltewah and am so pleased to find such great people here that don't like Obama. Went to a New Years party and everyone was talking about this book. We all agreed how ingenious of Jimmy Moncrief and how true. May you make millions but don't report it to the government, keep it on the QT. I'll never tell your secret is safe with me and all my friends. LOL

January 9, 2012 at 5:29 p.m.
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