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Obama Backs Larry Craig? Change We Can't Believe In!

Just as Dewey defeated Truman, Barack Obama supports Sen. Larry Craig (R-Men's Room).

A la the Chicago Tribune's famous "Dewey Defeats Truman" headline, folks all across Idaho are howling over a snafu that put presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama on a political button with Larry Craig, who isn't even running for reelection in Idaho on account of his arrest in an airport men's room sex sting.

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A production snafu put the images of Democratic Sen. Barack Obama and disgraced Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) on a political button.

The unlikely pair appear together on a button under Obama's signature campaign banner: "Change We Can Believe In."

But that kind of change is too much for anyone to believe in. Even if the conservative Idaho senator were running again, rest assured, Obama would not be lending his name to that reelection effort, or his face on an Obama-Craig button.

Suffice it to say, the button was a mistake. The button maker, Tigereye Design in Ohio, got the wrong Larry. The face they meant to put on the button was that of Idaho Senate Democratic candidate Larry LaRocco.

At least they got the name correct. Underneath the photos of Obama and Craig, the button reads: Obama for President/LaRocco for U.S. Senate.

LaRocco campaign spokesman Dean Ferguson tells us LaRocco "just laughed like everyone else did" when he found out about the button snafu. The funny thing is, the LaRocco campaign didn't even commission the button.

"Apparently the company made the buttons on their own volition," Ferguson says. "We didn't ask for the buttons."

Nevertheless, Ferguson predicts the Obama-Craig button will be a collector's item. "Larry Craig is very conservative and Barack Obama is the Democratic candidate for president. Seems like an unusual pairing," Ferguson said, chuckling.

Ferguson says veteran political journalist Bill Hall, editor emeritus at the Lewiston Tribune in Idaho, told him he spotted the Obama-Craig button online and quickly ordered 10 of them, knowing they'd surely become collector's items. The (subscription only) Lewiston Tribune was first to report the button scoop, then other newspapers across the state carried news of the snafu on their Sunday edition front pages, including Sen. Craig's media nemesis, the Idaho Statesman.

An L.A. Times blogger, among others, followed up with this funny take.

Tigereye Design, which makes buttons for unions and other Democratic causes and candidates, seemed mortified by the mistake. "First, let us apologize to the Larry LaRocco campaign for the dark cloud we have placed over their efforts," says Justin Hemminger, the political coordinator for the button maker.

However, Hemminger says Tigereye cannot be blamed. Here is the explanation he provided: "When our designer sat down to make this button, he positioned his mouse pointer over a photo of Larry LaRocco. This particular designer uses a fairly wide pointer arrow, which may have been in contact with a photo of Larry Craig."

A wide pointer arrow, eh? Is that like a computer's mouse's equivalent of a wide stance?

Hemminger added, "Let us be clear: We do not stand behind Larry Craig, and never have."

The Obama campaign declined to comment. But appearing on a button with Larry "wide stance" Craig seems to be as bad as it gets for the ever-lucky Obama.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 28, 2008; 5:35 PM ET
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Obama 2008, change we can believe in!

Posted by: Mike | July 29, 2008 7:14 AM | Report abuse

How is this a major political story?? Pathetic journalism.

Posted by: HonestAbe | July 29, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse

The above article is what such an eye-catching and inflammatory headline wrought? That's just sad.

Posted by: | July 29, 2008 7:49 AM | Report abuse

For those people who just peruse the headlines in the news, methinks your choice is a very poor one. Totally misleading, Mary Ann!

Posted by: mrspeel | July 29, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

As stated this was a snafu. However, I wonder how many button were sold?

Posted by: Dman | July 29, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

We have a choice and I hope we make the right one in voting for our new president.
I will make a choice after the VP's have been selected.
I am very concervative.
I do not want change for the worst. I hope our Presidential candidate's explain what kind of change they intend to change.
Bad news always goes aroung faster than good news.

Posted by: sincere texan | July 29, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Change we can believe in? Isn't that "Menudo"? That won't go very far. And The Democrats and the Obama campaign better change it real Quickly.
Of course Larry Craig would be a big change.
Maybe we should Vote Big for Better Ideas in Government. That might be a rehash of Tony Blair's last campaign but I forgot whether he was a Dem or Rep. Any clue?
Of course the mistake could be one of those AKA walker's still running around like a Tiger Tattoo from Princeton Class of NoClass at All.

Vote for America
Into the Future and Back To The Age of The Pioneers.

dePaul Consiglio

Posted by: | July 29, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Black Leadership is tolerance. It goes all the way back to the King Solomon Days. Or even the days, when the Black Mesicans, were among the first ones in America with the Indians. And because the Mexicans were smarter than the Indians,with speech, etc. they were the Bookkeepers, and the ones going around naming things. America use to be called "TheAmericas" with the S on the end.
But if you don't have tolerance, then somebody is going to tag along and take it away from you. And these are some of the mistakes we don't want to see happen with Obama.
We need a Democratic win bad. We need a Democratic win, just like the NFC needed an NFC Superbowl win last January. Know what I'm saying? And they did it.
And we are trying to put Obama down with the elements, that is going to put him in that Oval Office, this January 16th, 2009, know what I'm saying?
I love Obama, and I want him to win more than anything in the World.
I just hate the Bush Admins. along with Dick Cheney. And the tricks that they try to use, to winning the House back, you know what I mean? And how they like to force themselves on people.You know what I mean? Those are the types who likes to tag along and take things from people.
I know what the Republican Party Represents. It represents the Free Market Enterprise, and helping people become Independent, and going into Business for themselves. And then later, them creating jobs for the lower class.
Bush does the total opposite. He even takes from them. And then, when asked about the Economy. John McCain said, he knows nothing about the Economy. Does that sound like the type of fool you want for President. In other words, he is saying, that he will do the same thing that Bush is doing. We don't need no more of that.
But what I had sensed is that, Bush and Cheney set this Election up like this, to make it look like a dead end street on both sides, so that they can confuse the Democratic Voters, and end up voting for somebody that they don't really want to vote for. You know what I mean? Then McCain ends up winning the Election,you know what I mean?
And this War will continue, for about 400 people who became Billionaires off the Iraq War. And continuing to take money out of the American People's pockets.
Of course, we want Obama in there, he has a good preface, and intentiion, but he just has to stay away from Bush and Cheney. Them are the ones I hate. I don't even hate the Republicans, I just hate Bush and Cheney.
When they came into Office, I quit the Republican Party, and have been a Democrat eversince. And will be for the rest of my life. Thats my word to God

Posted by: WRM2008 | July 29, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Is there a sleuth in the house?

Who ordered the buttons?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

When our dear Fuhrer, Barack Hussein Obama, is acknowledged as president this will not be news because all will love him, even in toilet stalls.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Where's your sense of humor, morons? Even seriously depressed Lincoln could laugh now and then.

However, you're not nearly as stupid as the guy who thinks they have Democrats and Republicans in Great Britain!

Posted by: Mike K | July 29, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

This was just too funny.. Love the: Senator Larry Craig (R-Men's Room) copy.

Posted by: Fred Ackerman | July 29, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

This hilarious Obama/Craig button is NO mistake:

Posted by: GCCR | July 30, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

umm when you see a w post link, don't click on it.

i deliberately loaded this link to post that message.

all they care about our page views even though they are escaping reality.

Posted by: logicbit | July 30, 2008 4:59 AM | Report abuse

Issues We care About!

The neoconservatives and the Bush administration should be held accountable not only for the cost of the Iraq War but the 492 billion dollar deficit.

- Part of the cost are the 30,000 USA Troops wounded.

-Start laying the groundwork to move the the US away from oil dependency.

As soon as the 2008 election is over The Republicans will start running for the next elections in 2010 and 2012. This is the reason gridlock doesn't help this country.

The Republicans as a group should "pay a price" for the Gridlock.
Those that work together with the Democrats to end the mess that the neoconservatives created should be courted.

Vote Democrat '08

Posted by: Bobby | July 30, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

I proudly support Obama but I think its hysterical. Where can I get a button? I'm going to put it with my Larry Craig bobblefoot.

Lighten up Obamaheads!!! You take things way too seriously sometimes. If it was a McCain button you, Air America, Olbermann, and the rest of the liberal media would have a field day.

Posted by: clyde | July 30, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

bobby, baby, you need a democratic victory like you need a date with larry. go hang out in the men's room.

Posted by: jake | July 30, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

It is plain to see that was "no" mistake and this Mary ann must think this is the best story she can write about..? How pathetic is she. These "so-called" journalists should go back to journalism school to learn what a true journalist is! This woman should be writing for the Post or better yet the Enquirer rag-mag!

Posted by: Brenda | July 30, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Yes he can if he continues to disturb what has in his blueprint. Go OBAMA!!!!!

Posted by: Luckenson Luma | July 30, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Looks like you're really getting desperate to catch readers' attention, dear.
Why else would you stoop to using a non-new event to tease out a non-story to titilate the chronically uninformed.

Posted by: Luise of the Phoenix | July 31, 2008 4:49 AM | Report abuse

Skata`, Mary Ann! Larry has been waiting for six years to play me to Wolfie's Alexander the Great and his beloved Shaheleh's Roxanne at the al-Cheney Baghdad Palace, just open & full of pimply unisex twenty-somethings dodging incoming at the taxpayers' expense. It's supposed to be what the Wolfster calls his "Henggingg Gardens of Babylon" (that wine better be "secremental!"); the off-budget cost-overrun construction workers (Ooh-h, pass ME a note!) at al-'Iburton call it the Wolfowitzium - I'm over there now, checking out the plumbing ... Solid gold bidets for the distaffers and holes in the ground at $100,000 a pop? And they're already full! Hurry, Wolfie; like Elaine, I haven't a square (as the toweltops say, "Not that there's anything wrong with THAT!")! Wolfie...?

Posted by: Hephestion | July 31, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of nothings!!!

Posted by: ldt1930 | August 3, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

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