Obama Merchandising in Full Effect

- By Bossip Staff

Posted by Bossip Staff

People are saying this is getting out of hand calling this kind of merchandise, Obamabilia:

Mr. Obama’s election set off a boom in merchandise, official or otherwise, that has come to be called Obamabilia. Among the myriad offerings are coins, plaques, plates, clothing, magazines, newspapers, books, posters, DVDs, jewelry, dolls, greeting cards and jigsaw puzzles.The promotion is presented “in the language of politics that Washingtonians understand,” Mr. Nicholson said, centering on “starting over, embracing change at home, being fiscally responsible.” The maker of Hennessy Cognac, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, is using numerology rather than language in its promotion, selling 180,000 bottles, priced at $30 each, bearing seals and labels on the front and back emblazoned with “44” and phrases like “In honor of the 44th president” and “In honor of the presidential inauguration.” The company plans to make donations to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund for each bottle sold,… said Andy Glaser, senior vice president for Hennessy at Moët Hennessy USA in New York, with a goal of starting two four-year scholarships through a minimum donation of $50,000. Celebrities will be asked to autograph bottles, he added, which will be sold at auction later this year to benefit the fund. For the media companies clambering aboard the Obama-wagon, the focus is on commemorative issues and more. For example, this week’s issue of Newsweek carries an ad inviting readers to preorder the “special inaugural issue,” which is described as a “limited edition!” The price: $9.95 plus shipping and handling, or more than twice the regular cover price. Also, computer users registered at washingtonpost.com received e-mail messages on Wednesday promoting “Inauguration Central,” including information on coming news coverage, “inauguration collectibles” and photographs for sale of the election and inauguration of Mr. Obama. The trade publication Editor and Publisher reported that The Washington Post plans to print 2.7 million copies of its editions dated Tuesday and Wednesday; the Nov. 5 edition, reporting on Mr. Obama’s election, set a record by selling almost 1.6 million copies. The Post, washingtonpost.com and Newsweek are units of the Washington Post Company. This week’s issue of The New Yorker magazine carries an ad inviting readers to “own a piece of history” by ordering a free copy of the commemorative cover of the Jan. 26 inauguration issue. Copies will be mailed to those who place orders on a Web site (newyorker.com/user/registration). A spokeswoman for The New Yorker, Alexa Cassanos, said that the number of orders in the first 24 hours exceeded the number the magazine expected in total. The Nov. 17 issue of The New Yorker, with a cover commenting on Mr. Obama’s election, sold out, she added, by selling 87,000 copies on newsstands. Typically, the magazine sells 40,000 to 60,000 copies a week on newsstands. Other covers featuring Mr. Obama along with cartoons about him, which are being sold by the online store of The New Yorker, “have sold phenomenally well,” Ms. Cassanos said. The magazine is part of the Publications unit of Advance Publications. Condé Nast.

So Obama might be helping he economy out more than first considered. F*ck what you’re talking about, we are going out this weekend and drinking a bottle of this 44th Presidential Henny Without Any Coke. They wanted patriotism, now they have it.

Peep the commemorative label…

Shout out to guerilla busfare

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  • http://myspace.com870bg bg

    This shit was flyin off the shelf at the L store. My family bought a load of it

  • http://myspace.com870bg bg

    Pardon me….UNO!!!

  • sickofitt

    I’ll take a few bottles.

  • http://www.k.com noelle

    Lol I know of too many friends parents who like that drink lol

  • The_Truth

    ***It makes perfect sense “HENNEY” is exploiting their target market (niggas). . .isn’t that right Bossip? “Henney without the Coke”, right??

    It’s easy as hell to get rich off us. . .Ed Hardy has to be laughing his ass off, too.

  • grillfixer

    They don’t even drink this sh#t over there!!! when will ni44az stop payin 4 other’ s folk’s crap!

  • Sawyer

    This is redic…and the biggest cohorts is my beloved MSNBC for selling everything from collectible Obama coins to DVDs. But make no mistake about it if there’s money to be made, the market will find a way.

    But Henny was my drink before Obama so you damn right the next night out I’ll cop some of that as my ride out drink on my way to the clubs. More cost effective in this economy…lol!

  • Black.Woman

    My ex boyfriend said this shit would happen. I apologize Bossip. This shit is getting out of hand. People are trying to make the Obamas the bailout plan. If you really want to support him, send emails to the whitehouse website. 🙂

  • T-Bird

    That is some triflin ghetto mess…I really wish that the public would stop attempting to attach Obama to ghetto mess. Next thing it will be the 44 Cadillac addition…then KFC putting together a 44 edition snack pack.

  • pm

    its a conspiracy to down play the first black president as just another celeb endorsing anything for a buck.

  • http://Bossip Kimberley

    That’s going to be alot of tuition. Kiddies get your grades up… You’re going to college.


  • grillfixer

    @T-Bird!! LMAO !! 🙂 that was some funny ish! a 44 edition snack pack!! wow u better not say stuff like that cause we might be watchin the tube 1 day n Bam!! KFC stole ur idea!!! thanks 4 the only real laugh i have gotten from bossip all Day!!!

  • http://myspace.com870bg bg

    I contrast to alot of the things I have seen at the vendors in the area this is very tasetful and it’s not using his likeness just a tribute to the actual celebration. It’s also going to a decent cause




  • Nigga Said

    There is nothing ghetto about Hennessy. Hennessy is a prestigious brand name. They make shit most people cant even afford. Shit that half of y’all never even heard of. Sure their low end variety may be consumed by a certain demographic, so why not create products that they will buy. If you dont like it, dont buy it. But if you put too much stock in who owns what and “they’re getting rich off of me” then you’re better off living the lifestyle of the amish and make and grow everything for yourself.

  • Raquel26

    LOL@grillfixer & T-bird: both of ya’ll is crazy! 🙂

    LMAO…44 snack pack!!!! *rolling*

    As long as you and your “baby-daddy” arent spending that EBT money on some drank, its cool! 🙂

  • grillfixer

    Hen is as Ghetto as it get’s!! niggaz alway’s puttin the price of something with quality! French folk’s don’t drink that Bullish!! n shit what’s the third star in the milky way called?? exactly so ur if u havent heard of it crap don’t fly, this is B.S, n they ain’t given no money to nobody!! tell em to show u where the money went!! shiiittE that’s just like target sayin they give 3 milli every week to communities, shh#t what communitie are they givin it to, cause i have not seen a dime!! Drink that shit n loook ten yr’s older than u are, when ur 20 u’ll look 30, @ 30 u’ll look 40, n @ 40, if u live that long ur azz will look like JJ does, ne 1 seen a pic of that brother lately??

  • The_Truth


    1) Materialism

    2) Alcoholism

    -All the other ills are branches from these problems.

  • Lils

    We need to protest this ish…where I live (Staten Island, New York) there was a white man who was pulled over for crashing head on into a cop car, running over a pedestrians legs and driving recklessly around a school with small children. When he was pulled over he had a bottle of Hennessy in the car and told the police officer’s he had too much to drink.

    I blog on our boros paper the Advance and can’t begin to tell you some of the shit I’ve reading and commenting on. One of the bloggers said and I quote “he was drinking Hennessy – well we know he definitely Barack-ed the vote”. My comment to him was – “what does Hennessy and President Obama have in common? – enlighten me”. Of course, he could not but now I know what he’s talking about…

  • http://www.gravatar.com Re is excited to see GAMBIT in May. FINALLY!

    The company plans to make donations to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund for each bottle sold

    Don’t you worry Hennessey. You’re already makin money off of us trying to be hoodrich…

  • Blaspheme

    There is an email going around with Obama walking on water. That is worse than the Henny campaign to me. Plus y’all aint gonna stop sucking down the brown!!

  • Raquel26

    Or course not. Why would we? I mean, like someone said, Henny has been around for a long time. As has, champagne.
    Just because someone decided to attach Henny with Obama isnt going to make us stop drinking it. Personally, I dont drink liquor. I drink wine soley.

    I wonder if someone is going to attach Pinot Noir or Pinot Grigio to Obama. Hell, even a White Merlot.

  • Razzell Dazzell

    What the hell? The should be ashamed!

  • Raquel26

    And this is why I drink wine.

    Niggas dont know nothing about that!

  • http://myspace.com870bg bg

    @ Raquel
    Please….when all the hard shit is gone and the store is closed that nice Moscato doesnt stand a chance at my crib. My girl stay mad. lol

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