Where In The World Is Obamao?

Tyler Durden's picture

A funny thing happened during Michelle Obama's public relations tour of China (where taxpayers are privileged to pay $8,400 for each night of her lodgings): T-shirts, coin purses and posters that show President Barack Obama portrayed as Chairman Mao are normally available for sale at the Great Wall. But on Sunday, when First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Chinese tourist spot with her daughters, the so-called “Obamao” souvenirs were no where to be found. "We don’t have them anymore," said one peddler, a woman who declined to give her name. "But if you come back next time, you might find them. You could come tomorrow," the woman said.

The WSJ explains the curious disappearance of the much desired communist-fusion artifacts:

China Real Time managed to find, hiding in the back of many others, one army-green-colored shirt that displayed an Andy Warhol-like picture of Mr. Obama wearing Mao Zedong’s cap. Under it were the words “Serve the People” written in traditional Chinese script. The vendor who owned it declined to sell it, saying they weren’t for sale Sunday. She was willing to sell other T-shirts, such as “I climbed the Great Wall” for 180 yuan, about $29. 


It’s unclear who issued the verdict for the cleanup. Street vendors declined to comment. Such sweeps are common during high-profile visits in China. Vendors at well-known markets for pirated goods in Beijing are sometimes made to put away the name-brand knockoffs during high-level trade talks with the U.S. or European Union. Souvenir vendors also tucked away “Obamao” shirts in 2009, during Mr. Obama’s visit to China.

Everything above makes sense, except for the implicit suggestion that Mrs. Obama seeing an Obamao caricature would be taken by the first lady as an insult. Why?

Actually one thing is confusing :

The T-shirts, which portray Mr. Obama dressed in a Communist Party army green cap with a red star on it, have become common tourist trinkets at the Wall during Mr. Obama’s time in office. Prices of the Obamao shirt vary based on haggling capabilities of the buyer.

But shouldn't the shirts be free, if only for those eligible for free healthcare and Obamaphones?

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AmericasCicero's picture

How ironic if Americans are the ones making the cheap knockoff...over here.  Mindsplosion

pods's picture

Of course they hid them when she was there.

Do you know what happens when a Wookie gets mad?


irie1029's picture

crap didnt copy my pic

dontgoforit's picture

See, everyone knows but the sheeple.

Random_Robert's picture

You can get one off of Ebay for less than 20 bucks...

PGR88's picture

I have an Obamamao coffee cup I picked up in China, with the saying, in Chinese, on it - "I was able to rise so high because of my ability to bullshit."

Lendo's picture

This is my next gym shirt 

PlusTic's picture

That picture captures him perfectly...altho I don't see any insurance company or pharmaceutical company logos on his sleeve...that would complete the picture

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Personally, I think a swastika would fully complete the look.


ebworthen's picture

The Wookie is costing us $8,400/night so she can not see the true sights?

Those sly Chinese.

BlackChicken's picture

It would be worth 84,000/night if that dude would just stay there.

grunk's picture

If you like our FLOTUS you can keep our FLOTUS.

drendebe10's picture

.... wonder if the wookie took its $17K dress....

Winston Churchill's picture

I knew tents could be expensive , but $17k.....

Zymurguy's picture

I'm sure we could pass the hat and pay the Chinese 5x that amount if they'd keep the president and that walking carpet over there permanently.

Dr. Richard Head's picture

I posted this elsewhere, but needed to share it again here.  Watch as Obama ends his comments at the nuclear summit - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVFrdWIs2LI


Winston Churchill's picture

He is about as popular as a fart in a spacesuit.

ebworthen's picture

Thanks, that is funny.  What a stream of B.S. from him about the rule-of-law and privacy.

LIAR!!!  I think I heard one struggling clapper, everyone else gets up from their chairs like "Thank God he's done!".

Dr. Richard Head's picture

Indeed.  When he started to lay out the whole rule of law and privacy rhetoric he paused as if to think, "What the hell is all of the bullshit people keep telling me we should be doing?  Oh yea...."


cbxer55's picture

"Serve The People" huh? It's obviously a cook book of some sort. ;-)

NYPoke's picture

"How To Serve Humans"...Classic.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Technically it was "To Serve Man" but what the Hell, it's a PC world now so chomping down on women seems fair.


DeliciousSteak's picture


Holy crap. The chinks really know how to ripoff tourists huh. Even the thais are not that arrogant.

PGR88's picture

It is well known in China that final price at tourist trap locations should be about 20% of quoted price.  You have to put in the time and effort though.

KickIce's picture

no kidding, slave labor and they don't even haveto pay to get it shipped to the US.

Love the shirt though.

Mercury's picture

It’s unclear who issued the verdict for the cleanup.


Really? How about the same source where the visa requests for 30 of Michelle's BFFs came from.


I guess the gag T-shirts just contained too much "truthiness" as The Daily Show crowd would say...except they won't in this case.

Odd that a guy who was elected president using imagery of a retro but unmistakable fascist/communist style is evidently quite sensitive about this kind of thing.


Carl Popper's picture

The FWOTUS (first wookie of the US) wore red the first day.   That was not an accident.  Certain ethnic groups know colors are important. 



She is a typical communist VIP, rich and corrupt.

Meat Hammer's picture

Obama can lick my coin purse.

Philalethian's picture

Well, they have been looking for Waldo for years.

Oh, wait...when was the last time American had a real leader? 1963.

And just a minute. What does the banking industry have in common with the warmongering industry?


grunk's picture

You didn't stencil that.

SheepDog-One's picture

He's far worse than a communist.

joego1's picture

Yes its very serious he is the original Obommunist.

The Wisp's picture

Can we get a picture of the Chinese President sitting  at the Desk in the White House.. I mean Fair is Fair

dumbStruck's picture

New mug spotted "Power grows outta the barrel of your cakehole" it says on it.

Carl Popper's picture

It is funny that socialists everywhere except the united states freely and often publicly admit he is a socialist in the true sense of the word, yet we are called crackpots if we say so in the united states.  


He even admitted it in Dreams of my Father when he said he only associated with communists and feminists to maintain his authenticity.  


Why is it such a crime when we accuse him of being a socialist here?   His insight that socialist policies are unacceptable here has been the only thing preventing him from keeping his alleged father's dream alive lol

joego1's picture

"Obamao", Kind of catchy, I think I'll use it.

Here we go, they didn't pull it off the shelves here;


Let them eat iPads's picture

And starting at just $20.95.

Much better price than what the chinks are offering.

Reaper's picture

The Chinese would be embarrassed, if he was able to join their military.

falak pema's picture

"A lasting peace amongst ourselves and with all nations"...

Obituary address at Lincoln's death. Obammy's declared hero...

Is Obammy preparing a new civil war to be the equal of his spiritual mentor and icon? 

Doesn't look like it, unless he boomerangs from Crimea to NY on that nuclear threat issue. 

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

"But shouldn't the shirts be free, if only for those eligible for free "

iT IS BEING free blobbing up on my ee bee teeing!

joego1's picture

Obamao just gave away the internet,


On Friday, March 14th, at 3:30pm, the Obama administration announced that America was surrendering control to the UN over key aspects of the Internet (control that America had because we built it in the first place).

Unfortunately, the largest voting bloc in the UN is the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a Saudi-dominated bloc of 57 nations that has waged an aggressive campaign against free speech, freedom of the press and free expression.



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