Saturday, January 24, 2009

Michelle Obama: Hey, Only I Can Cash In On My Kids

Oh, the indignity of it all. After a year of allowing the kids on Access Hollywood, magazine photo shoots, parading her girls front and center wherever she goes, now Michelle Obama is upset with a doll manufacturer for cashing in on the kids.
They’ve been in the White House less than a week, but the first daughters have already been co-opted by marketers — and Michelle Obama isn’t happy about it.

Ty, the toy company responsible for the popular Beanie Babies dolls, is now marketing “Sweet Sasha” and “Marvelous Malia” dolls.

The first lady’s office said Friday Ty was out of line. “We feel it is inappropriate to use young private citizens for marketing purposes,” said a spokeswoman for Michelle Obama in a statement.
You can bet she wouldn't be whining if she was getting a cut of the action.

I have news for Mrs. Obama. The kids aren't private citizens, whether you like it or not. You made the choice to exploit them and now someone else is cashing in.

Deal with it.

Meanwhile, even heroin dealers are swept up by Obamamania.
Sheriff's deputies and investigators have broken a heroin distribution ring that dished out narcotics across more than half of Sullivan County.

A total of five men and women were arrested Wednesday night following a three-month investigation, during which undercover police purchased decks of heroin from street dealers. Undersheriff Eric Chaboty said the dealers were selling heroin in towns that stretched from Monticello to Livingston Manor.

The alleged dealers were pushing a variety of heroin that they called "Obama." Chaboty said dealers are known to stamp the glassine wax paper that carries the heroin with brand names — like "Black Death" or "Blue Sunshine" — so that users can identify their preferred brands. This drug ring's stamp happened to carry the new president's surname.

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