America Today: Presidential Action Dolls [“all in the best possible taste”]

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki was recently quoted as saying, “our lawyers are working on developing a policy that will protect the presidential image while being careful not to squelch the overwhelming enthusiasm that the public has for the president.” Strange I thought? What possible problem could there be with companies making images of American presidents for sale to the general public? Then I did a little on-line research… Oh, my God!

Here are a few example of presidential action figures currently [and recently] available:

 

 

 

 

 

 
Well, it’s perhaps not the image President Obama would like to project overseas but he does come in a boxed set complete with…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Stars and Stripes, a gun and Darth Vader!

Mind you, if it’s historical accuracy you are after, how about…

 

 

 

 

George W. Bush and Osama Bin Laden!

OK, tasteless I agree. Mmm, how about then…

 

 

 

 

 

 

… The JFK rocking chair [batteries not included]. Well that’s better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fine, but President Kennedy, just before he got shot. Em, no…

[What happened to his arm though?]

How about something a little more up-to-date?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky? Certainly not!

Mind you, all hell will break loose if there ever is a woman president in the US!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I almost feel sorry for Sarah Palin and even…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…Hilary Clinton.

Well, maybe they do have a point.

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About stevehollier

Steve Hollier is the editor of AZ Magazine, an English language lifestyle magazine based in Baku, Azerbaijan. He began his career working for a firm of stockbrokers in the City of London then went on to attend the University of Essex where he was awarded an MA in Sociology in 1984. After a career in arts and cultural development work, he became a freelance arts consultant, writer and photographer.
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