Friday, April 17, 2009

Sipping Obama?

First, the culinary world decided to celebrate the election of President Barack Obama with some strange and possibly "questionable" products, including the Obama Fingers fried chicken snack. But now, it seems the wine world is getting in on the act.

French winemaker Angela Bousquet-Keita, who hails originally from Guinea in Africa, has created the Obama cuvée (or vintage wine) to celebrate the election of the first African-American to the White House.

She reportedly intends to charge $198 for three bottles of the wine. But she claims all profits will go to an NGO (non-governmental organization)working to save Darfur.

But Bousquet-Keita may be surprised to learn that Obama... doesn't approve.

The White House is treating her the same way it has other entrepreneurs who have tried to make a buck off the new internationally popular president.

White House spokesman Ben LaBolt explains the objection is an institutional one. "The White House has a longstanding policy of disapproving uses of the president's name and likeness for commercial purposes," he recently told reporters.

Making a buck? As in Obama clocks, earrings, and framed pictures? Oh, my.

In any case, read more on a "glass" of Obama here

1 comment:

Lynn Sinclair said...

It is kind of tacky, isn't it?Even here in Canada, stores bearing Obama's name have suddenly sprung up.