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.
Mary Ann Akers
April 16, 2009; 3:20 PM ET
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