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Where In The World Is Obamao?

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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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Tue, 03/25/2014 - 14:39 | 4591108 firstdivision
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I must have one.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 14:45 | 4591139 AmericasCicero
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How ironic if Americans are the ones making the cheap knockoff...over here.  Mindsplosion

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 14:49 | 4591159 pods
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Of course they hid them when she was there.

Do you know what happens when a Wookie gets mad?


Tue, 03/25/2014 - 15:07 | 4591229 irie1029
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crap didnt copy my pic

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 15:51 | 4591433 dontgoforit
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See, everyone knows but the sheeple.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 17:54 | 4591896 Random_Robert
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You can get one off of Ebay for less than 20 bucks...

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 14:53 | 4591183 PGR88
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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."

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 15:09 | 4591253 Lendo
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This is my next gym shirt 

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 14:40 | 4591111 PlusTic
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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

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 16:38 | 4591611 Miffed Microbio...
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Personally, I think a swastika would fully complete the look.


Tue, 03/25/2014 - 20:24 | 4591919 Blankenstein
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Tue, 03/25/2014 - 14:43 | 4591129 ebworthen
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The Wookie is costing us $8,400/night so she can not see the true sights?

Those sly Chinese.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 14:45 | 4591140 BlackChicken
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It would be worth 84,000/night if that dude would just stay there.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 15:23 | 4591312 grunk
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If you like our FLOTUS you can keep our FLOTUS.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 15:09 | 4591250 drendebe10
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.... wonder if the wookie took its $17K dress....

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 15:40 | 4591381 Winston Churchill
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I knew tents could be expensive , but $17k.....

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 15:17 | 4591284 Zymurguy
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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.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 14:43 | 4591130 ConManipulation
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Tue, 03/25/2014 - 14:44 | 4591134 Dr. Richard Head
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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


Tue, 03/25/2014 - 14:58 | 4591199 Winston Churchill
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He is about as popular as a fart in a spacesuit.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 15:02 | 4591217 ebworthen
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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!".

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 15:04 | 4591234 Dr. Richard Head
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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...."


Tue, 03/25/2014 - 14:44 | 4591136 cbxer55
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"Serve The People" huh? It's obviously a cook book of some sort. ;-)

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 15:12 | 4591266 NYPoke
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"How To Serve Humans"...Classic.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 16:41 | 4591627 Miffed Microbio...
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Technically it was "To Serve Man" but what the Hell, it's a PC world now so chomping down on women seems fair.


Tue, 03/25/2014 - 14:48 | 4591154 DeliciousSteak
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Holy crap. The chinks really know how to ripoff tourists huh. Even the thais are not that arrogant.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 14:55 | 4591190 PGR88
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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.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 15:51 | 4591436 shovelhead
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Yu Cheep Fuk.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 17:31 | 4591804 KickIce
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no kidding, slave labor and they don't even haveto pay to get it shipped to the US.

Love the shirt though.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 15:24 | 4591174 Mercury
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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.


Tue, 03/25/2014 - 16:27 | 4591560 Carl Popper
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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.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 14:55 | 4591193 Meat Hammer
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Obama can lick my coin purse.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 15:05 | 4591235 Philalethian
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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?


Tue, 03/25/2014 - 15:22 | 4591305 grunk
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You didn't stencil that.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 15:31 | 4591346 SheepDog-One
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He's far worse than a communist.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:27 | 4591979 joego1
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Yes its very serious he is the original Obommunist.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 15:44 | 4591400 The Wisp
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Can we get a picture of the Chinese President sitting  at the Desk in the White House.. I mean Fair is Fair

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 15:46 | 4591419 dumbStruck
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New mug spotted "Power grows outta the barrel of your cakehole" it says on it.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 16:16 | 4591531 Carl Popper
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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

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 17:07 | 4591720 joego1
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"Obamao", Kind of catchy, I think I'll use it.

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


Tue, 03/25/2014 - 17:30 | 4591803 Let them eat iPads
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And starting at just $20.95.

Much better price than what the chinks are offering.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:18 | 4591950 Reaper
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The Chinese would be embarrassed, if he was able to join their military.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:20 | 4591955 falak pema
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"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. 

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:29 | 4591977 NoPantsSpongeBob
Tue, 03/25/2014 - 19:10 | 4592135 MeelionDollerBogus
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"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!

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 19:38 | 4592217 joego1
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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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