Ch(I)na just called to say I love you

November 17, 2009

So, what does the leader of the Free World do on his first trip to China?  Eat and see the sites, of course!  POTUS was honored with a state dinner reception at the famous Great Hall of the People in Beijing, replete with a multi-course meal, peafowl, and the Military Band of the People’s Liberation Army.  The somewhat odd musical choices included performances of Wonderful Night, I Just Called to Say I Love You, and In the Mood.  What happened to some good old fashioned Chinese opera?

Szechuan peacock with noodles, anyone? (AP Photo)

Obama also checked out the sites, including the Forbidden City

For a Forbidden City, there sure are a lot of people here! (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Of course, the Oba-mao shirt isn’t the only product coming onto the Chinese market.  It could be hairy deciding what to come home with…

This replica is made entirely of human hair. You decide: creative, creepy, or just plain gross? (Jason Lee/Reuters)

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What a doll!

October 19, 2009

Jailbreak Toys recently announced their new line of Michelle dolls, which add to their already burgeoning line of POTUS dolls.  For a mere $12.99, you too can have one of these three “life-like” renditions of our FLOTUS.   In US Weekly tradition, who did it best?

The likeness is...surreal? (Jailbreak Toys)

Where are Michelle's guns? (Jailbreak Toys)

Michelle did it best! (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Michelle did it best! (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

The infamous Election Night dress (Jailbreak Toys)

The infamous Election Night dress (Jailbreak Toys)

We love ya, FLOTUS, but the doll may pull this dress off better (Getty Images)

We love ya, FLOTUS, but the doll gets our vote (Getty Images)

Michelle's appearance on The View in this dress was a fashion do! (Jailbreak Toys)

Michelle's appearance on The View in this dress was a fashion do! (Jailbreak Toys)

Michelle did it best! (Steve Fenn/ABC)

Michelle did it best! (Steve Fenn/ABC)


Up Next: San Barackcisco Giants

June 25, 2009

Barackmania has achieved a new marketing high, thanks to the Baracklyn Cyclones. Known to most as the Brooklyn Cyclones, a New York Mets farm team, the Cyclones decided to celebrate our new(ish) president for their June 23rd game. Among the Obama-themed specials:

  • Free Barack Obama bobbleheads to the first 2,500 fans in attendance, featuring the President in a Baracklyn Cyclones Jersey
  • Economic Stimulus Package: From 10am on January 20th – Inauguration Day – to midnight on January 23rd, ticket prices for the June 23rd game will be “rolled back” to the Cyclones’ inaugural 2001 season rates: $10 Field Box Seats, $8 Box Seats, $5 Bleacher Seats. Beginning January 24th, tickets will be priced at the regular 2009 rates ($15, $12, $8)
  • Universal Health Care: Free Band-Aids to the first 1,000 fans
  • Joe the Plumber special: any plumber named Joe gets two free tickets – one for himself, and one to “spread the wealth” with a friend

"I've got the whole Obama in my hands" (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

"I've got the whole Obama in my hands" (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

What would a Baracklyn Cyclones game be without a ceremonial first pitch by the POTUS? While the First Family wasn’t in attendance, there was a presidential lookalike on duty to fill in.

Lookalike?  Could've fooled us!  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Lookalike? Could've fooled us! (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)


He’s such a Doll!

May 20, 2009
Barack Obama is more than just our President. He, as is the rest of the family, is a branding/marketing dream come true! Everything he touches practically turns to gold. It wasn’t long after he hit the primaries that the Barack Obama Action Figures made their debut — take a look at what’s on the market.

These are some of the American cartoonishy looking dolls, which will probably be collector’s items someday (although, I’m not sure who is in the market for them, and not sure that I’ve ever seen Barack in a white suit). 

No, this isn't when Steve Erkel became cool; sorry folks, we're about Hope and Change (photos from http://www.barackobamafigure.com/index.html)

Day and Night Barack? What's with the white on white? (photos from http://www.barackobamafigure.com/index.html)

The Japanese have perfected the Barack Action Figure — they are   posable, have interchangeable hands, various weapons including a lightsaber, and red and blue ties!

This dexterous doll does it all, from fight stance to night stance (photos from http://gamu-toys.info/sonota/sw/obama/obama.html)

This dexterous doll does it all, from fight stance to night stance (photos from http://gamu-toys.info/sonota/sw/obama/obama.html)

The Russians also got into the action — but are much more metaphorical. This set of Matryoshkas, traditional Russian nesting dolls, depict Barack Obama and GW!
I ate you W! (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

I ate you W! (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)