HONG KONG – The Chinese are selling a blow-up doll of Barack Obama. It’s a hot seller.
A doll wearing a dark blue suit and red tie, and with President Barack Obama’s face carefully screen-printed onto its head, was exhibited at the recent 8th Sex Culture Festival in the southern city of Guangzhou.
The doll was photographed by Chinese state media nestling behind several other standard plastic female toys. It was the number one selling doll in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing last month and it’s set to be marketed in the United States in time for the holidays.
Mr Obama is still widely popular in China, and a “Maobama” t-shirt, bearing an image of his face crossed with a portrait of Chairman Mao, has become a best-seller.
The Guangzhou show, which was only open to adults, cost 30 yuan ($6)
The Chinese government is not saying who is manufacturing the Obama doll. A spokesman for the government said, “We do not know which manufacturer produced this doll, but we like it very much.” The spokesman went on to say that his wife had bought ten of the dolls herself.
However, the picture of the Obama doll, which circulated on the Chinese internet, drew a wide array of responses. “How could they place the US president behind those other poorly-made models. He is the head of a big country, after all,” wrote one anonymous commentator on the Netease internet forum.
“Why can’t we have a Mao Tse-tung toy?” asked another.
In the United States, Americans are pre-ordering the Obama Blow-Up Doll through Amazon. “It’s flying out the door,” said Amazon spokesman Daniel Tookie. “People love Obama and now they want to ‘love’ Obama.”
The manufacturer is getting some other blow-up dolls of American politicians ready for the market. This include, but are not limited to:
– Hillary Clinton
– Joe Biden
– Nancy Pelosi
– Sarah Palin
– Rush Limbaugh (only in plus size)
– Michele Bachman
– Scott Brown
– John McCain (AARP discount)
So go out and get an Obama Blow-Up Doll…. OR, better yet order a Bat Boy Bobblehead. You can get it HERE.