One barometer of the plunge in excitement has been the sale of Obama-themed T-shirts, which designers had been banking on after the craze of last year. Clothing labeled with the president’s name sold by the thousands, helping to salvage a tough economic year for the island.What's remarkable is the Boston Globe even mentioned this and Obama's getting destroyed in the comments.
But this year’s T-shirt sales are much less brisk, merchants say.
“Last year, Obama gave you goose bumps, but I don’t think you’re going to see that this year,’’ said Alex McCluskey, co-owner of the Locker Room, who sold more than 4,000 “I vacationed with Obama’’ T-shirts last year. But so far this year, he said, his hot item is T-shirts of former President Bush asking, “Miss me yet?’’
Residents have also noticed a drop in the number of stores with Obama posters on their front windows and homes with signs that welcome the first family.
This will probably change soon once Obama's media fan club all shows up and dutifully scoops up their Obama gear.