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Chia pet Obama? A little offensive? Maybe just a little?
January 30, 2009 2:50 PM   Subscribe


 
Capitalism has failed us again.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:51 PM on January 30, 2009 [2 favorites]


oh sweet jesus
posted by humannaire at 2:52 PM on January 30, 2009


I thought this was going to be about hydrocarbons.
posted by boo_radley at 2:53 PM on January 30, 2009 [4 favorites]


Nothing says Honor like growing sprouts on the terra cota likeness of your hero. He'll be keeping the other chia things company.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:54 PM on January 30, 2009


Someone's gonna get rich. I want one!
posted by shambles at 2:56 PM on January 30, 2009


Good god, why?
posted by Caduceus at 2:57 PM on January 30, 2009


MAKE IT DIE MAKE IT DIE MAKE it dieieieie (sob)
posted by eriko at 2:58 PM on January 30, 2009


It doesn't even LOOK like Obama.
posted by longsleeves at 3:01 PM on January 30, 2009


America has jumped the shark. Time to close up shop.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 3:01 PM on January 30, 2009 [3 favorites]


Your favorite expression of patriotism sucks.
posted by Joe Beese at 3:01 PM on January 30, 2009


Hey, our industrial capacity is showing signs of life! No, we may not be building many cars, but we can export the hell out of Chia Obama! Add the word 'bonsai' to the packaging somewhere and the Japanese will buy all of them to keep them company while they listen to Obama speeches in order to learn English.

Obama, America's new big export!
posted by jamstigator at 3:02 PM on January 30, 2009


Yes We ... should?
posted by mazola at 3:02 PM on January 30, 2009


Would they have made a ChiaCain? ChiaPalin? I submit no... In an Obama administration, even terra cotta will prosper.
posted by Pantengliopoli at 3:03 PM on January 30, 2009


It's better than the Obama caganer.
posted by exogenous at 3:03 PM on January 30, 2009


It is my sincere hope that Obama finds it in his heart to grow the first presidential afro.
posted by ooga_booga at 3:04 PM on January 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


Man, if Michelle was pissed off about the Sasha and Malia beanie babies...
posted by Navelgazer at 3:10 PM on January 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


On the bright side, Chia Seeds are high in Omega-3s!
posted by P.o.B. at 3:13 PM on January 30, 2009


Metafilter needs a facepalm button.
posted by GuyZero at 3:14 PM on January 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


I've been looking forward to my cats eating Obama's hair and now my dreams are a reality.
posted by dead cousin ted at 3:14 PM on January 30, 2009 [5 favorites]


Your favorite president - now with a Convenient Drip Tray!

And if you accidentally drop yours and it breaks, there'll be 7 years of bad luck 8 more years of republican rule for the country. So take good care of your Chibama!

weird fetishists...
posted by wretched_rhapsody at 3:27 PM on January 30, 2009


Looks like they repackaged the Robert Reed chia pet.
posted by crapmatic at 3:28 PM on January 30, 2009


I can't decide if "he" looks more like Starsky or more like Hutch.
posted by Iosephus at 3:29 PM on January 30, 2009


It is my sincere hope that Obama finds it in his heart to grow the first presidential afro.

I was thinking that too, but it will never happen. Presidents come in with a haircut, and tend to leave with almost the same one, just grayer.

What I'm looking forward to, is in 10 years, when Obama's out of office for two years, and a hugely popular figure on the lecture/ talk show circuits, he decides to grow out some dreadlocks. Not the crazy long Jamaican-style locks, but the bad ass ones they give to scientists like Henry on Eureka.
posted by quin at 3:31 PM on January 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


For a minute I thought that this FPP was going to be about Robert Parish.
posted by ericb at 3:33 PM on January 30, 2009


Jerry Gar-Chia.
posted by gman at 3:34 PM on January 30, 2009


Damn. I don't get it. All my Obama product launches have failed so far. Obama shower curtains hooks, Obama puppy treats, Obama salt and pepper shakers, Obama muffin pans...
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 3:36 PM on January 30, 2009


You killing my dreams, quin, killing my dreams!
posted by ooga_booga at 3:40 PM on January 30, 2009


But yeah, Obamalocks would be bad ass.

Now, Obamalox could be the next breakfast which sweeps the nation!
posted by ooga_booga at 3:41 PM on January 30, 2009


Man, if Michelle was pissed off about the Sasha and Malia beanie babies...

As stupid as I find the Chia product, the notable difference in these two scenarios is that Obama is a public figure who has willingly stepped into that spotlight. Sasha and Malia are still private citizens and that is what Ms. Obama objected to.
posted by piratebowling at 4:01 PM on January 30, 2009


Obamagazine: cover story, "Oval Office Secret to Great Abs"

Obamargarine: The buttery taste sensation that is spreading the Nation!

Obamanhatten: The drink mixer of Party Headquarters, Washington DC

Obamalt: The brew of the working man- You got him elected, now knock back a few with Obamalt

ObaMall.com: The place to buy your Obamerchandise
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 4:50 PM on January 30, 2009 [2 favorites]


I was all "oh wow.. and music, really?" and then I went all "ah! where'dyoucomefrom guy-behind-podium?"

And I thought I'd seen the end all of Obama exploitation: the other day I was driving through town (I live in tiny town just north of Stockholm) when I saw a white van belonging to the dudes who empty trash cans and generally keep the town center clean. But this time, below their logo, in big green letters they had in quotation marks - "Yes, we can!"

I'll be sure to snap a picture the next time I see them.
posted by pyrex at 4:56 PM on January 30, 2009


I heard from someone who works at Chia that if Obama had lost the election, they were going to market this thing as "Chia Drunken Negro Head".
posted by orme at 4:57 PM on January 30, 2009


Must have. MUST HAVE. This is even better than Naked Obama on a Unicorn (I will spare you the Wonkette link).
posted by nax at 5:53 PM on January 30, 2009


No, THIS is either the apex or the nadir (Nader?) of Obamerchandise.

You have to admit his name is perfect for "The Name Game" song. "Obama-Bama-Bo-Bama Banana-Fana-Fo-Fama Fe-Fi-Mo-Mama OBAMA"
posted by wendell at 8:41 PM on January 30, 2009


Well, I hear he's not a big fan of the Bushs' plates in the oval office... frees up some shelf space..
posted by xorry at 9:05 PM on January 30, 2009


ObaMall.com: The place to buy your Obamerchandise

Obamarama has better deals.
posted by rokusan at 9:08 PM on January 30, 2009


So this is what it looks like when American culture begins to eat itself.
posted by truex at 9:48 PM on January 30, 2009


Oh, and nax? There is an entire world to the Naked Obama on a Unicorn painting just waiting to be discovered...
posted by truex at 9:51 PM on January 30, 2009


Well, it's going to be very tricky to apply (First Amendment issues and all that), but White House Lawyers Look to Limit Commercial Use of President.
posted by dhartung at 10:41 PM on January 30, 2009


Well, at least he's an equal opportunities weird painter; palin as oolong
posted by ArkhanJG at 3:32 AM on January 31, 2009


Aarrggh! My eyes!
posted by nax at 4:55 AM on January 31, 2009


Crapitalism.
posted by ericbop at 7:03 PM on January 31, 2009


It's too late. It's gone. You might have been able to go on believing that America could continue even though it has jumped the shark.... Hope on a Rope.

Then again, the manufacturer may produce another batch.... I suppose that product could actually sting the eyes. Sorry, nax!


posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 8:02 PM on January 31, 2009


Most people don't know this, but Chia seeds are full of antioxidants, iron, fiber, and lots of other nutritious goodness. A much better use for them than making even more Obama crap.
posted by KateHasQuestions at 11:20 AM on February 1, 2009


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