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January 28, 2009
POLITICS: Obama Merchandising

For those of you who couldn't get enough of the White Sox hat has an increasingly bizarre array of Obama merchandise, some of which may not be exactly safe for viewing at work. I simply lost it at "Barack Obaca." There is something seriously wrong with the people who come up with this stuff, some of which would make Turkmenbashi blush.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 11:44 PM | Politics 2009 | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0)

Anything in urinal cakes or toilet paper yet?

Posted by: dch at January 29, 2009 12:08 AM


I think the Barack Obaca originated with you. From your January 27th post on the Obama White Sox hat:

"It's bad enough that Obama is being merchandised like he's the latest George Lucas character"

My guess is Daryl Rosenblatt or Berto read your post and decided to make some money and get under your skin at the same time.

Posted by: wd at January 29, 2009 12:26 PM

Perhaps, your long term memory is somehow impaired if you don't recall this:

GEORGE W BUSH TOP GUN Doll With Accessories NIB
US $1.04 (2 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jan-30-2009 0:28:48 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

I guess, though, trying to forget the whole "Mission Accomplished" debacle is good for your mental health. By the way, that $1.05 price seems a little steep.

Posted by: Magrooder at January 29, 2009 5:25 PM

Actually what I remember is George Bush in every speech, including the speech given on the aircraft carrier, unequivocally and repeatedly stating that this war will be long, hard and take a lot of time. Of couse, in loony liberal land a banner put up on a ship becomes the basis of a snarky attack. BTW are you aware that the banner in question was put up congratulating the crew for the longest deployment in the ships career. Oh wait, your masters didn't tell you that. Now before you open your mouth have you read or heard the speech George Bush gave that day on the carrier. If you haven't, I strongly suggest you don't say anything because the speech that was given totally destroys your 1 dimensional argument.

Posted by: dch at January 30, 2009 12:29 AM

The people who come up with this stuff are enterprising capitalist's who identify a market and position themselves to supply that market. Please reserve your scorn for those who actually purchase such items.

Posted by: msnthrop at January 30, 2009 11:38 AM


These "masters" you imagine speaking to me are really just the voices in your head, no doubt transmitting radio signals to you throuhg the fillings in your teeth.

In the first paragraph of that speech, Bush said, "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed. And now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country."

A few paragraphs down, he said, "We have difficult work to do in Iraq. We are bringing order to parts of that country that remain dangerous. We are pursuing and finding leaders of the old regime, who will be held to account for their crimes. We have begun the search for hidden chemical and biological weapons, and already know of hundreds of sites that will be investigated. We are helping to rebuild Iraq, where the dictator built palaces for himself, instead of hospitals and schools. And we will stand with the new leaders of Iraq as they establish a government of, by, and for the Iraqi people. The transition from dictatorship to democracy will take time, but it is worth every effort. Our coalition will stay until our work is done. And then we will leave — and we will leave behind a free Iraq.

Leaving aside the wildly wrong predictions here about chemical weapons and rebuilding Iraq, the only reference to "taking time" is to transitioning to democracy.

Posted by: Magrooder at January 30, 2009 11:56 AM

"We are pursuing and finding leaders of the old regime, who will be held to account for their crimes."

I wish Obama would say the same thing.

Posted by: Berto at January 30, 2009 12:25 PM
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