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On 50th Birthday, a Look at Barbie's Federal Jobs

By Ed O'Keefe

This undated photo shows President Barbie Doll, once produced by the Mattel corporation in conjunction with Girls' Inc. and the White House Project. The doll was available as a Caucasian, African-American and Hispanic.

Today marks the 50th birthday of Barbie, who first appeared at the American International Toy Fair on this date in 1959. Always eager to be up to date on the latest pop culture trends or anniversaries, The Eye learned that the doll has inspired more than 1,000 YouTube channels, at least 300 Facebook fan pages and that 90 percent of girls ages 3 to 10 own at least one of the dolls, according to Mattel, its manufacturer.

But perhaps best of all, Barbie can claim more than 100 careers, several of them at the federal level: Astronaut Barbie appeared on store shelves in 1965, 1986 and 1994. She worked to achieve world peace as a "Summit Diplomat" in 1990. The plastic plaything has held several positions with the U.S. military, serving with the Army in 1989 and 1993, donning Air Force wings twice in 1990 and 1994, sailing with the Navy in 1991 and then joining the ranks of the Marines in 1992.

Barbie is also a four-time candidate for president: in 1992, 2000, 2004 (as an African-American candidate) and 2008. She's also appeared as a teacher, zoologist, police officer and doctor. These are not necessarily federal positions, but certainly rewarding public sector careers.

Among her best private sector positions: an "American Idol" winner in 2005, a rap artist in 1992 and a candy striper volunteer in 1965.

For the record: The Eye has never owned nor played with a Barbie. While The Eye's sisters favored the American Girl dolls, Almost Mrs. Eye had 12 of the Mattel-produced toys, as well as the Barbie Dream House, Beach House and pink Corvette. How many Barbies do you own? What federal jobs should she apply for? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 9, 2009; 3:55 PM ET
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