Summer of Snark: Tye-Dyed Shirts, Postcards and Bumperstickers Target Obama

Aug 18, 2011 2:51pm

ABC News' Sarah Parnass reports:

Bus tours and beach vacations – If you’ve got a problem with president Obama this summer, Republicans are offering some creative tchotchkes to help make the point.

First there’s Mitt Romney’s Magical Misery Tour t-shirt.

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Romney has used his play on the Beatles album to mock the President’s recently-completed bus tour through Middle America. Now his campaign is offering snarky '60s themed t-shirts as a fundraiser.

The tye-dye t-shirt features the smiling faces of President Obama and other top Democrats, under a band reading “Magical Misery Tour” and bordered on the bottom by psychedelic swirls and flowers. The back of the shirt lists each of the towns where the president made stops during his three-day bus tour of the Midwest.

For a donation of just $30 (or more, the campaign says on its website) voters can get their own Magical Misery souvenirs.

“Let the President know that you reject his failed leadership,” the caption reads.

A second piece of swag poking fun at the president comes from the Republican National Committee. Displeased by Obama’s vacation in Martha’s Vineyard this week, the RNC started hawking postcards.

The “Obama’s Getaway” postcards feature the president in various casual poses, from shirtless in the surf to licking a snow cone.

Clearly meant to depict Obama’s time at the shore, one shows him slumped over a cell phone and reads, “No Joe, don’t touch anything while I’m gone.”

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Read more about Obama’s trip to Martha’s Vineyard here.

That’s not all. There are more and more creative options offered by unofficial purveyors of political paraphernalia. You can buy a bumper sticker that quotes Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s famous “Adios, mofo,” line, which was originally delivered to a TV reporter, Ted Oberg, of ABC’s KTRK affiliate in Houston. But in this case, with the O’s in the words made to look like the Obama campaign symbol, it clearly points at President Obama.

These sellers come at a time when GOP zings to the president have become more frequent and more personal.

Mitt Romney called into a Chicago radio station Wednesday to bemoan the president’s performance.

“If I were president today, I wouldn’t be looking to go spend ten days on Martha’s Vineyard. Now, Martha’s Vineyard is in my home state of Massachusetts so I don’t want to say anything negative about people vacationing there. But if you’re the President of the United States, and the nation is in crisis, and we’re in a jobs crisis right now, then you shouldn’t be out vacationing,” said Romney.

Texas Governor and recent entry into the presidential race Rick Perry said Monday night that voters “need to ask” Obama whether he loves America.

Read more about Perry’s appearance here.

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