The road to the White House is paved with tote bags. Also champagne flutes, cotton throw blankets, baby onesies, toddler tees, grown-up tees and a blue-and-gold golf divot tool, retailing for the entirely manageable price of $15. (“Be prepared for 18 holes with this divot tool featuring the inaugural seal. Made in the USA.”)
America, it is time to commemorate. On Thursday, the Presidential Inaugural Committee launched the 57th Presidential Inauguration Commemorative Collection, which is the official online retail outlet for Barack Obama’s second inauguration. A brick-and-mortar store will follow later this month, down at the corner of 11th and F. But for now, the merchandise can be perused online.
A $25 motorcade mug? Click! Some $15 Obama tube socks? Click! A $7,500 medallion set? Cli — Whoa, no. Best not, although the medallions are “official,” come in gold, silver and bronze, and include a decorative display box.
A news release explains it all. “The memorabilia will reflect the PIC’s official theme for the 57th Presidential Inauguration: ‘Our People. Our Future,’ which expresses the belief that this inauguration is not just a celebration of a president, it’s a celebration of the American people.”