Days of Change

Night 39 | December 14, 2008

A co-worker related this story about how he asked an employee at an electronics store what the big gift is this year. And this year there really is none. What people are buying is a collection of existing items. They’re getting newer iPods, bigger LCDs, more games for existing game systems, etc. As far as I can tell, the only trend in children’s toys is (hopefully) the unleaded ones.

But I know what people really wanted this year. Obama.

Obamania shows all the earmarks of an obsessed kid at Christmas. It doesn’t matter what the merits of the thing are, they just want it. See also change. In fact, change is like a doll, Obama is a brand, like Tickle Me Elmo. Accept no substitutes.

And like the “it” toy of the season, anything else is a cheap imitation. Is McCain an unwanted product? No. But he’s like a Wii. Obama is a Playstation. The comparison is pretty apt, since now that the hype is over, the Wii is the more fun game system for everyone, not just the geeks (see MSM pundits) who are mesmerized by the same product with a cooler exterior.

Now that Election day is over and some Cabinet assembly is required, a lot of the purchasers are disappointed at the way things are coming together. The plans are vague and hard to read. The 1-800 number is hard to call, and the operator won’t answer the questions you’re actually asking.

We probably can’t return Obama before Christmas. Maybe we can just throw him out in 4 years to make room for a real gift.

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  1. Batten down your hatches, P4. I’m cross posting this. With permission of course. Ooops! Too late!

    Comment by Uppity Woman — December 14, 2008 @ 9:08 am

  2. Uh, you have my belated permission anyway.

    Comment by 1539days — December 14, 2008 @ 9:26 am

  3. […] Tickle Me Elmo Posted on December 14, 2008 by Uppity Woman I snatched this from our own P4P’s Place. Stop over to see hm and give him his deserved […]

    Pingback by Barack: This year’s Tickle Me Elmo « — December 14, 2008 @ 10:35 am

  4. Love it!

    Just like the rest of the cheap crap manufactured outside the US for mass consumption, Obama is quick to disappoint. Looks like his shiny wrapper was the best part, and it’s not even Christmas yet! We’ve peeked at the unwrapped gifts hidden away safely (or so they thought) in the attic, and decided that it looked better on TV than it does in real life. Now the disappointment sets in because we realize that, at our constant prodding, Mom and Dad have spent all the Christmas budget (and a significant bit more) on the “must have” gift which we really don’t want and there will be no other cool gifts to pick up the slack. Damn! Why did the Billy Mayes of the Male Stream Media (insert your choice of Keith Olberman or Chris Matthews here) have to make him look so sexy and cool? Now we’re going to have to schlep over the border to a friend’s house to play with the real cool toy, and just hope that Mom doesn’t call us home for dinner too soon. Maybe we can sleep over…

    Comment by Grail Guardian — December 14, 2008 @ 10:59 am

  5. Thanks, P4P. I’ve been saying for decades that the American public will buy anything that is packaged and promoted properly. Obama is Barbie, with a vengeance.

    Comment by Mary — December 14, 2008 @ 7:29 pm

  6. GG,
    “cheap crap manufactured outside the US for mass consumption”

    Perfect, GG. Those following along at TD’s will recognize that you have come up with the core definition of Obama.

    Comment by Mary — December 14, 2008 @ 7:33 pm

  7. Sadly, there are endless analogies between Obama and a defective gift.

    Comment by 1539days — December 14, 2008 @ 11:15 pm

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