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Obama Disapproves of French 'Obama' Wine

As fabulous as his reception was in France earlier this month, President Obama is none too pleased to hear that a French winemaker is creating a cuvee in his name.

French vintner Angela Bousquet-Keita, who is originally from Africa, has created the Obama vintage to celebrate the election of the first African-American to the White House, according to Spiegel Online International.

The German magazine writes:

Bousquet-Keita, who believes she is the only black female winemaker in the entire country, described how she felt a "moment of ecstasy" when Obama won the election. "It was the advent of a world that I had always dreamed of for my children," she told the French daily Le Monde.

She reportedly intends to charge $198 for three bottles of the wine. But she claims all profits will go to an NGO working to save Darfur.

But Bousquet-Keita may be disheartened to learn that Obama doesn't approve.

The White House is treating her the same way it has other entrepreneurs who have tried to make a buck off the new internationally popular president.

White House spokesman Ben LaBolt explains the objection is an institutional one. "The White House has a longstanding policy of disapproving uses of the president's name and likeness for commercial purposes," he told the Sleuth via email.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 16, 2009; 3:20 PM ET
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A fitting legacy would be his likeness on a wine label!

Posted by: mihdoc | April 17, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Mr Obama may need the vintage.
The reason being the re-release of that big big one hit wonder

The Ode to Newt Gingrich.

I belive that was a big big hit around 1993 or 1994 or so.


dePaul Consiglio

Posted by: depaulconsiglio | April 20, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I guess only writes of anti American books such as the one Chavez gave Obama can cash in on Obama.

Posted by: jason78 | April 20, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Stunning use of the English Language there jason78. I have no idea what you are trying to say. Is "I guess" the subject? And who is this I guess anyway - a communist I suppose. Well that doesn't make sense. This I guess seems to be some sort of book reviewer, who writes OF books such as the one Chavez gave Obama. But only I guess can cash in on it.

Yes Jason, I understand you miswrote "writers", but the notion that this person's marketing plan for his book was dependent, however many years ago the book was written, on the president of venezuela giving it to the new President of the U.S. is to say the least, stupid.

Posted by: Nemotoad | April 20, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

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