I don’t know how I missed this one, but when I was recently informed about the Obama chia pet I had to put my two cents in.
A bit ago, Joseph Enterprises—the originators of the chia pet—announced their Obama chia models, seen in their copyrighted images on the right.
With this new chia tribute, Obama finds himself in company with a young Dean Stockwell (see the poster at lower right) countless extras from Star Trek, and—as you will see below—one of the most famous and respected scientists of the twentieth century.
There are two Obama chia models: The “Determined” chia Obama, who looks far more confused than decisive, and the “Happy” chia Obama, which—I think—looks more like Scatman Crothers caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
However—what with all the Obama
lunacy mania—I’m sure there are thousands of people who would want one one of these adorable little terra-cotta wonders brightening up an otherwise dark, dismal cubicle at, say, General Motors or the Federal Reserve.
But not the folks at Walgreens, who pulled the Obama pets from their stores.
According to Walgreens’ spokesman Robert Elfinger:
We got some complaints from people that they thought it was racist.
(Am I wrong or should a corporate spokesman not sound like a bookie?)
Read my article, Racist Russian Ad Features Obama—that my friends, is racist.
We’re talking about a chia pet here, not an effigy being burned on the streets of Tehran.
To the right, you will see another popular chia pet called “The Professor” but obviously a characterization of…
Come on now, lets not always see the same hands…
That’s right, Johnny—it’s Albert Einstein!
So—by extenuation—I suppose an Einstein chia pet is anti-Semitic?
Joseph Pedott, president of Joseph Enterprises and a Republican who voted for Obama, said he was stung by suggestions that there was something racist about Chia Obama, which, if left untrimmed, appears to give the 44th President a healthy, if very green, Afro.
“It's already a top seller and could be the biggest I have ever had," Pedott said. "Since when is an Afro racist?" he asked. “Owners can trim Chia Obama's ‘hair’ to any length they want.”
Imagine that: Barber…or, perhaps…gardener to the President! Wow!
So why the controversy?
Could it be that some people are themselves racist and use every piddling, insignificant opportunity they can find to drop the” race card” on whitey?
Easy to find out, let’s all chip in, send an Obama pet to Al Sharpton and watch the seismometers.
I, myself, would be honored if Joseph Enterprises were to offer a chia in my likeness, green afro and all.
They would, of course, have to leave a blank patch on top to represent my bald spot.