Shopping for Campaign Gear

Revealing your presidential pick used to be as taboo as disclosing your salary. My grandmother died at 93 having kept her choice in presidents a deep dark secret. Not these days. Now we have bobbleheads, bumper stickers and baseball caps screaming our choice for president. You can even get a pair of thong underwear with your preferred candidate's logo printed on the front. There are plenty of places to buy this type of gear. Here are a few of them:

Political Americana is a small hole in the wall along Pennsylvania Avenue, just a stone's throw from the White House. But it's packed with current campaign gear, as well as memorabilia from previous runs. You can get a Barack Obama or John McCain bobblehead for $20, action figures of the two for $15, presidential playing cards for $10, bumper stickers representing either campaign for $2.50 and T-shirts for as low as $12.99. Jim Warlick opened the store in 1989 and has been successfully predicting presidential outcomes based on button sales. As of now, he says Obama is the clear winner. He also noted that many shoppers have been looking for items that feature Sarah Palin, McCain's running mate.

America! is slightly more expensive but also offers some interesting items. Like a life-size cardboard stand-up of McCain, Obama, or Palin for $42.99 each, an Obama rhinestone pin for $12.99 and a pink Palin T-shirt for $18.99. The store has several locations in the Washington region, as well as an online shop.

And both of the campaigns offer their own gear. Obama's site is selling a $60 gray cardigan with the campaign's official logo that was designed by New York-based designers, Tina Lutz and Marcia Patmos. Or you can get a $75 canvas bag designed by Rag & Bone, a clothing maker, with the words "Change is Awesome" printed on the front. At McCain's site you can get the "Great AmeriCain Hero" T-shirt designed by "The View" co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck for $47. The shirt is available until Oct. 8.

And if you're really die-hard about your choice, get that pair of thong underwear with either Obama or McCain's logo printed on the front for $12.99 at Election Outlet, an online store that sells all sorts of campaign gear.

Do you buy campaign gear? If so, where are you getting it?

By Tania Anderson |  October 7, 2008; 3:00 AM ET General Interest
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I bought a very hip Obama necktie last week from

Posted by: John | October 7, 2008 3:27 AM

I got my favorite Obama shirt from one of the coolest T-Shirt blogs He's making the Obama PEZ dispenser shirt, PREZ at

Posted by: Paul W | October 7, 2008 3:36 AM

ATTENTION: McCain + Iran Contra in 1980s. US Council for World Freedon (founded by Nazi collaboraters) Mr. Singlaub.

Google it and spread the word. McCain is a serious serious serious extremist. Very dangerous and unstable human being.

Posted by: Bruce | October 7, 2008 7:18 AM

The truth about John & Cindy McCain

William Black a former government regulator investigating the Lincoln Savings and Loan / Keating 5 / John & Cindy McCain Scandal said: "Senator McCain was unique among the five Senators in having a direct financial conflict of interest involving direct investments.” He also said this about Senator McCain: “On judgment, ethics, and truthfulness he (Senator McCain) failed this test as badly as you can fail”

“God Dammit Johnny no wonder your flunking” A quote from John McCain’s father (a Navy Captain at the time) after catching son Johnny goofing off while visiting him at the U.S. Naval academy according to Frank Gamboa John McCain’s former academy roommate. Johnny McCain went on to graduate 894th in his class of 899.

John McCain is just another spoiled rich kid wanting to bully us around. Sound familiar? We have just had seven and a half years of it. This guy has made a career out of his bad or at least unlucky flying ability. John McCain is no war hero. He simply got a plane shot out from under him that he probably wasn't qualified to fly in the first place, but when your grandfather was an Admiral and your father is an Admiral there aren't many people in the Navy that are going to risk their careers and tell you the truth. So unqualified little Johnny gets to fly and gets shot down. Wow now that’s a great big surprise! He has been riding it ever since, while true heroes suffer in under funded and under staffed VA hospitals. What a dirt bag.

What about Cindy McCain his greedy wife, she inherited millions and didn’t share a cent with her half sister. She calls herself an only child. Her father while not exactly the most fair minded or charitable guy to ever live at least was giving money to his first daughter’s children for education by allowing them to use a credit card. That is until the day of his funeral when they found that the card had been shut off by the ever greedy Cindy McCain. She had over a hundred million dollars and shut a credit card off to pay for her father’s own grand children to go to school. What a greedy greedy person. It’s no wonder why John McCain likes her so much.

Posted by: RW | October 7, 2008 7:25 AM

I got a crystal "Obama 2008" pin and a brass "Hope" pin at Ann Hand in Georgetown. It's a Washington tradition for me.

Posted by: ML | October 7, 2008 7:43 AM

who is that moose Palin to say that Obama is terrorist friendly when her own husband belogned to a terrorist group in Alaska, she is such an hypocrit

Posted by: joe | October 7, 2008 8:00 AM

John and Cindy McCain’s kids were for the most part raised by household servants. Cindy took the kids away from Washington and back to Arizona to hide her prescription drug addition. Just like John McCain’s father was never around for him, he was never around for or involved in his kids lives. While John took full advantage of his freedom to play the field of young Washington hotties looking to bed down a powerful man to boost their careers, Cindy spent her days in a drug induced haze lavishing herself with expensive designer clothing, jewelry and hunky boy-toys. While these two selfish immature people played their silly games their kids were being raised by outsiders. People that for the most part John and Cindy McCain would not even associate with in public were raising their kids in private. What we have in the McCain marriage are two people that often didn’t see each other for months and months on end, and didn’t sleep together at different stages for years at a time, however this is not the public John and Cindy McCain marriage that we are exposed to on the campaign trail. They put on a good show for the cameras, but it’s all based on lies. I strongly suggest that national political reporters interview former McCain household and company employees to get the real picture of John and Cindy McCain.

Posted by: RW | October 7, 2008 8:12 AM

Ok, lets stick to the topic at hand please. If you want to talk politics there are bazillions blogs, but this has to do with SHOPPING

Posted by: Anonymous | October 7, 2008 11:41 AM

My daughter and I bought some of the Runway for Change items in the Obama store. We love them because they are so unique and will be collector's items. Must warn you that they have sold out on most of the items!

Posted by: FashionistaMomDC | October 7, 2008 2:59 PM

I tried to order a t-shirt and sticker from the Obama store, but after 3 weeks of waiting, my order was still "Processing" so I gave up and cancelled it. I wanted to have the items BEFORE the actual election.

Posted by: Nancy | October 7, 2008 3:17 PM

I have ordered $150. worth of stuff between Obama's site and CafePress for t-shirts, buttons, stickers, etc. All cool stuff! Great souvenirs of history!

I am still waiting for some items. thanks for this article, I'll run down to Political Americana after work. Kudos!

Even my dry cleaners had some awesome ball caps for Obama... great designs and colors.

Posted by: vote4Obama | October 7, 2008 3:52 PM

I was able to get great "OBAMA SUCKS" items from

Posted by: Neal | October 7, 2008 4:10 PM

Hi there, just wondering if anyone had been able to find Obama car magnets anywhere besides his website? I don't want to pay the $8 shipping for a $5 magnet. TIA.

Posted by: borge | October 7, 2008 4:28 PM

RE: Debate...Senator Obama should challenge Senator McCain to explain exactly how he came to the decision to choose a radical, ditzy, incompetent running mate. Oh, that could be construed as negative campaigning..something that mccain has never been known to do (haaa!)

Posted by: Ron Sampson | October 7, 2008 5:00 PM

I'll join the chorus. Got an Obama bumper sticker, plus about 5 other bumper stickers with sayings like "It's not a free country, but it is down to half price" and "Jesus was a community organizer, Pontius Pilate was a governor." (Yes, I'm totally out to ruffle evangelical feathers, of which there are plenty in these parts.) Lots of terrific snarkiness to be had for both lefties and wing-nuts. Quick delivery too. And no, I don't have any affiliation with

Posted by: Dem in TN | October 7, 2008 5:17 PM

ps--you can save yourself the hassle of scraping off stickers later by converting any bumper sticker to a magnet. Go to the craft store or office supply store and get a 12" x 24" sheet of magnet for about $10, and cut a portion to size. If you get the Michael's or JoAnn's weekly coupon, the sheet o'magnet will cost about $6.

Posted by: Dem in TN | October 7, 2008 5:23 PM

I made my own! "EVANGELICALS FOR OBAMA" car magnets, yard signs, and shirts.

Posted by: Jennifer | October 7, 2008 6:03 PM

Obama supporters out there will get a kick out of "Barackas," or Obama-inspired maracas. Check them out at

Posted by: Jenny | October 7, 2008 8:33 PM has a lot of great stuff. You could spend hours looking through all the political designs.

This is my current favorite design:

Posted by: Amiee | October 8, 2008 10:51 AM

I think I'd rather wait for the "Impeach Obama" T-shirts.

No, wait, they're already available at CafePress...


Posted by: slinkybender | October 8, 2008 1:13 PM

There are also some really nice shirts for sale on the street between the McP Square Metro and Farragut West. Their prices beat any of the "official" stores too.

Posted by: Meghan | October 8, 2008 3:04 PM is a great place to go. Individuals sell their handmade goods. Just type in the candidate of your choice and you're sure to find something cute and out of the ordinary- AND you'd be supporting an independent artist in the process.

Posted by: Steph | October 8, 2008 3:17 PM

Personally I love this tshirt:

and have one of these as well:

Posted by: MM | October 8, 2008 4:38 PM

My favorite 2008 item is my Barack Obama bobblehead. He sits on my desk and reminds me daily how he will change our country!

Posted by: Lisapbs | October 8, 2008 5:42 PM

Surprise Surprise Everything is BRONCOBAMA. There are sure alot of mislead people out there. WAKE UP people.

Posted by: fr harris | October 10, 2008 11:43 AM

I guess the only dorks that read these blog are nobama supporters

Posted by: fr harris | October 10, 2008 11:46 AM

Obama 08!

Is what my t-shirt says :)

Posted by: lolz | October 10, 2008 10:06 PM

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