Gift books for Palin and Obama groupies
Searching for the perfect gift for someone prone to political idolatry?
Whitman Publishing (known for their coin reference books) has released coffee table-sized books (dubbed “Collector’s Vaults”) about Barack Obama and Sarah Palin, both written by author Dave Lifton. These “limited edition” gift books are more like scrapbooks — except that all the scraps are replicas. Tucked inside are reproductions of old postcards, bumper stickers and newspaper clippings. There are fake thank you notes and party invitations. Of course, there are also lots of pictures to go along with the worshipful text.
Could this be the right gift for the starry-eyed Republican or Democrat on your list? Take a look at what’s inside before dropping $49.50 on one of them.
Sarah Palin’s Collector’s Vault
Mementos Include: A recipe card for Wasilla moose stew; a bumper sticker from her 2006 gubernatorial campaign; a copy of her resignation speech as governor of Alaska.
Noticeably Absent: Receipts from her shopping sprees at Barney’s, Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue during the 2008 campaign.
Oddest Postcard That You Can Actually Mail: A picture of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. According to Vanity Fair, during her 2008 campaign McCain aides had to fill in “Alaska-size gaps” in her general knowledge. “She had no idea who Margaret Thatcher was.”
Fashion Tidbit: Palin’s “distinctive feature is her trademark updo hairstyle. According to her stylist, Jessica Steele, in Wasilla’s Beehive salon, the look came about in 2000 when they were discussing how, as mayor, she needed the public to see her as professional and intelligent.”
Last Sentence: “Her appeal and charisma are undeniable, and, whatever she chooses to do next, the world will continue to hang on her every move with great anticipation.”
Mementos Include: The blue, yellow and purple inauguration tickets that caused so many problems for attendees; a copy of Metro’s special Obame-themed SmarTrip card; his inaugural address.
Noticeably Absent: His birth certificate.
Oddest Postcard That You Can Actually Mail: Aretha Franklin singing at the inauguration wearing a giant bow ribbon hat.
Fashion Tidbit: “Barack Obama’s [inaugural ball] tuxedo, which he said was the first one he has bought in 15 years, was made by Chicago-based Hart Schaffner Marx. His white satin bow tie was made by J. Crew.”
Last Sentence: “Barack Obama’s groundbreaking presidential campaign and election belong to history. The festivities of his inauguration are over. Now, he has set to work on some of the greatest challenges ever faced by an American president.”
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