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SNOBwear makes headlines

By Michelle Malkin  •  April 28, 2008 08:55 AM

Give a shout out to reader Tennyson Hayes, whose Snobama logo–which we had the honor of debuting here two weeks ago– made news in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today:

More than 1.2 million Obama products are sold through CafePress, with 91 percent of sales being pro-Obama items and 9 percent of sales being anti-Obama items, said Marc Cowlin, spokesman for CafePress, which is based in San Mateo, Calif.

On the other side of the “bitter” political fence, Tennyson Hayes, a reader of conservative syndicated columnist and blogger Michelle Malkin, came up with the design for a “SNOBama” T-shirt, which reads, “Snob: It’s an Elitist Thing, You Wouldn’t Understand,” with an image of Mr. Obama with an up-turned nose. It’s available at www.AuthenticGOP.com for $20.

Ms. Malkin posted the SNOBama design to her blog, www.michellemalkin.com, then suggested it be marketed as a T-shirt and helped connect Mr. Hayes with AuthenticGOP.com.

Mr. Hayes created the image because he believes Mr. Obama thinks the American people don’t know what’s best for them.

“I don’t want a president who regards American culture with elitist contempt,” said Mr. Hayes, a designer from New York City. “I don’t want a president who thinks ordinary Americans are too stupid to make their own decisions about their own lives. The cartoon is the short version of all that.”

The “SNOBama” shirt not only pays homage to Mr. Obama’s “bitter” remarks, but also his arugula gaffe in Iowa. While talking with farmers in Adel, Iowa, in July 2007, Mr. Obama said, “Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula?” This comment fueled the idea of his elitism with some, especially because there aren’t any Whole Foods in Iowa, although some Iowa farmers do grow arugula.

“It just kind of made me laugh, and the thing I liked about it was it was humorous, but it wasn’t mean-spirited,” said Andrew Laidlaw of AuthenticGOP.com, which is based in Woodinville, Wash.

“With Obama, marketing T-shirts has been very tricky because people are apprehensive about wearing T-shirts that poke fun at Obama lest they be perceived as racist.”


Or lest they earn the wrath of John McCain–who would condemn it as “inappropriate and not helpful” without even looking at it.

Unless Barack Obama gave him permission.

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