Thursday, January 15, 2009

Obama-mania hits the shops

Obama-mania hits the shops
(01:22) Reuters Video Rough Cut

Jan 14 - President-elect Barack Obama has the Midas touch, as shoppers, ahead of the inauguration, are snatching anything with his name or image.
Political souvenir shops say they are bringing in a small fortune on anything bearing Obama's image.
Even his calendars are selling like hotcakes -- not since Kennedy have Americans been willing to give a president 12 months of calendar wall space.
And the Obama-mania is not just an American phenomena.
One shop owner says 25 percent of his business comes from overseas customers.
In fact, the enthusiasm for Obama merchandise is so great, he's opening his first stores in London and Berlin

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