Over the past few days I have gotten an up close and personal look at the business of this Presidential Inauguration.
Not the business of Inaugural donors or the business of Secret Service planning and logistics. No I’m talking about the real people doing business this inauguration weekend: the street vendors!
If you want anything, and I do mean anything with President Obama’s likeness on it, you can find here it on the streets of Washington D.C this weekend. Vendors both licensed and unlicensed have descended upon our nation’s capital pushing and peddling everything from Obama hats and t-shirts to presidential mini-skirts and boxer shorts! I found one brother who had a presidential mall set up on his table on Connecticut Avenue. He had Obama scarves (in multiple colors) as well as a big, luxurious President Obama blanket that you can use to keep you warm when you’re around some cold-hearted Republicans.
Now not all of the Inaugural merchandise being sold this weekend is high quality.
I saw one t-shirt being sold with a picture that looked more like Sherman Hemsley than Barack Obama!
But if you want an Obama basketball you can get it here. If you want an Obama back scratcher, you can get it here. If you ladies (or even some of you fellas) want an Obama thong, you can get that here too!
What’s more encouraging than a president who gives an immediate boost to the economy by having the unauthorized use of his image sell millions of dollars worth of products on the street?
So if you’re coming to chocolate city for the Inauguration, bring some extra cash to do some souvenir shopping. And if you run into me I’ll pour you a drink to toast our president, in my brand new Obama shot glasses, of course!
Best in Photos: The First Family
1. The first family enjoying the holidays.1 of 50
2. Michelle Obama2 of 50
3. Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama on a safari in Africa.3 of 50
4. Michelle Obama dancing with Ellen4 of 50
5. Barack and Michelle Obama5 of 50
6. Barack plants one on Michelle.6 of 50
7. Barack and Michelle having fun courtside.7 of 50
8. Barack and Michelle Obama8 of 50
9. First Lady shows off her hulahoop skills.9 of 50
10. Sasha and Malia Obama10 of 50
11. The President and First Lady with the The Queen11 of 50
12. Olympic winner picks up Michelle Obama.12 of 50
13. President Barack Obama13 of 50
14. President Obama14 of 50
15. The President with daughter Malia and dog, Bo.15 of 50
16. Michelle Obama in her Hiesman stance.16 of 50
17. Barack and Michelle Obama17 of 50
18. Barack and Michelle Obama18 of 50
19. Malia and Sasha Obama19 of 50
20. Barack and Michelle get their dance on.20 of 50
21. The first family together for the holidays.21 of 50
22. Barack and Michelle Obama22 of 50
23. President Obama23 of 50
24. The President and first lady at the 2009 Inaugural Ball.24 of 50
25. President Obama25 of 50
26. President Obama backstage at the Jimmy Fallon Show.26 of 50
27. President Obama27 of 50
28. The first family at the Democratic National Convention.28 of 50
29. President Obama showing off his football skills.29 of 50
30. President Obama30 of 50
31. President Obama at daughter's basketball game.31 of 50
32. President Obama32 of 50
33. The first family walk Bo.33 of 50
34. Barack and Michelle Obama34 of 50
35. Michelle playing hop-scotch.35 of 50
36. The President and first lady share a dance.36 of 50
37. Michelle and Sasha Obama37 of 50
38. President Obama playing basketball.38 of 50
39. The President and first lady.39 of 50
40. President Obama dances with local children in India.40 of 50
41. Barack and Michelle Obama.41 of 50
42. Barack and Malia Obama42 of 50
43. President Obama43 of 50
44. Michelle Obama in Botswana.44 of 50
45. President Obama walking Bo.45 of 50
46. The President and first lady46 of 50
47. Michelle Obama and daughters at the Teen Choice Awards.47 of 50
48. President and first lady Obama48 of 50
49. Michelle Obama and Bo49 of 50
50. The President and first lady on the 2009 inauguration day.50 of 50
(Photo: Courtesy of Chris Paul)