Obama Pens Newsweek Cover

President Obama will grace the cover of Newsweek's January 25 issue with an essay on Haiti, adding his literary skills to the array of government and private aid flowing into the earthquake-stricken country. According to the Wall Street Journal, the magazine's editor Jon Meacham abandoned the previous cover story on Google and China's recent dispute after the quake and turned to Obama adviser David Axelrod to pitch the idea instead. Newsweek lost $25 million in the first half of 2009 and Obama's participation could lend a major boost to the magazine as it looks to solidify its new format.