JC Penney catches Hope and Change Fever

posted at 9:26 am on April 24, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

HA reader David L found himself a little stunned — and a little disgusted — by his latest JC Penney advertising insert.  It seems that the venerable retailer has decided to plunge in with both feet into the Cult of Personality.  Here’s the full page from the insert:

In case it’s not clear, here’s a close-up of most of the Obama-themed jewelry:

Hope — trademarked!  Did JC Penney check that out first with the White House?  Note that the prices don’t come down to the change level, either.

They have these pendants on their website, too.  It’s no hoax … unfortunately.

How long will it be before we start seeing these show up at entertainment-industry events, displacing the ubiquitous cause ribbons for prominent, garish, and unsettling placement?


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BigD on April 24, 2009 at 9:48 AM

It’s from a story that appeared some months ago. Mrs. Obama returned a pair of earrings given to her by her husband. She traded up, he hadn’t spent enough.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2009 at 10:03 AM

We should all call their 800 number and ask if they come with a free Sham-Wow!

Laura in Maryland on April 24, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Ok, I just have to share 2 more. Note this is your typical “smart” Obama supporter:

If you are a collector of presidential plates you’ll want to make sure you get this one. At this price you can afford to buy several. They seem to be dishwasher safe and have not faded or chipped after weeks of use.

Note the person is EATING off of them. So here is a response from another buyer:

Ok, first off, it was a gag gift… Second, to “A Customer from PA” – The plate says very clearly that you aren’t supposed to eat off of them. In fact, you’d have to peel the warning sticker off the front to do so.

BWAHAHAHA! farking morons.

TheBigOldDog on April 24, 2009 at 10:03 AM

behiker on April 24, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Too late.

But it isn’t limited to where he’s lived. You can go doen to the Rivercenter Mall here in Sanantonio and find kiosk and stores overflowing with crap with his picture on it.

catmman on April 24, 2009 at 10:03 AM

If there are enough idiots out there who will buy this stuff, I see nothing wrong with JC Penny profiting from their idiocy.

angryed on April 24, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Maybe PalinPAC should start selling Obama bling

faraway on April 24, 2009 at 10:04 AM

was in DC in February and couldn’t get over all the Obama crap I was seeing for sale in many stores.

behiker on April 24, 2009 at 10:00 AM

I hope it’s calmed down a bit. In the Home Depot parking lot the other day there was a man with a truckload of the Obama mirror plaques selling them for $10. It made me chuckle.

sherry on April 24, 2009 at 10:05 AM

behiker on April 24, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Dont forget the obama condoms sold at his immaculation!

becki51758 on April 24, 2009 at 10:05 AM

TheBigOldDog on April 24, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Just staring at the glowing countenance diplayed on the plates should be enough to stave off liberal hunger…

catmman on April 24, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Jiminy Christmas!

Where was the “W” jewelry?

Forget them!

Oink on April 24, 2009 at 10:05 AM

getalife orders in 5…4…3…2

although it may have to save a couple months worth of gobermint checks to pay for it.

loudmouth883 on April 24, 2009 at 10:05 AM

I have no problem with someone trying to make a buck or two, that’s what capitalisms all about. However, I will definitely not be one of those from whom Penny will be getting that buck or two.

Besides, these pieces of jewelry, much like Che shirts, make it easier to spot the idiots.

Vic on April 24, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Another box I’m boycotting.

DanaSmiles on April 24, 2009 at 10:06 AM

They can sell anything they what to.But they have got the last of my money. So Penney go ahead sell away and i like alot of other american will just stay away.

thmcbb on April 24, 2009 at 10:06 AM

I don’t shop at JCP often, but the wife tells me they have nice bedding.

In fact, my king size bed now sports the same comforter that Michelle Obowa used for her last party dress. I feel like I’m sleeping in the Lincoln Bedroom every night, how exciting!

Bishop on April 24, 2009 at 10:08 AM

getalife orders 2…3…4…5

loudmouth883 on April 24, 2009 at 10:05 AM

FIFY

WashJeff on April 24, 2009 at 10:08 AM

catmman on April 24, 2009 at 10:05 AM

If nothing else, these brain dead Obamabots are entertaining in a sick kind of way. If a good chunk of them are doing things like eating off plates painted with lead paint, it sure explains a lot.

TheBigOldDog on April 24, 2009 at 10:08 AM

Obama Condoms warning: Hey, don’t blame me if these things don’t work, I was only 8 years old when they were invented.

faraway on April 24, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Bishop on April 24, 2009 at 9:56 AM

You’re not right.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Bishop on April 24, 2009 at 10:08 AM

Wasn’t that dress made out of the White House Oval Office Curtains?

WashJeff on April 24, 2009 at 10:09 AM

People, just use this as an opportunity to get used to the inevitable, future onslaught of Obama:
Barack Obama Boulevard in every city.
Barack Obama Elementary School
Barack Obama International Airport
Barack Obama University
Cape Obama
National Holiday/Barack Obama Day
etc.

carbon_footprint on April 24, 2009 at 10:10 AM

Costume Jewelry. [N] Jewelry made with inexpensive materials and inexpensive gems often artificial.

How appropriate. (Except for the inexpensive part)
Isn’t the stuff used as a phony enhancement?

A sort of flashiness to give the illusion of a greater worth then what is really there?

An authentic reproduction of the real thing albeit superficial?
Perfect.

Braindroppings on April 24, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Obama Condoms …
faraway on April 24, 2009 at 10:09 AM

I sure hope they are handing these out, and vaseline, to all taxpayers. Maybe with his spending, the kids will need to have condoms handed out at school so they have them ready in their taxpaying adult years.

WashJeff on April 24, 2009 at 10:12 AM

carbon_footprint on April 24, 2009 at 10:10 AM

I bet we’ll never see an aircraft carrier or naval ship bearing his name. Or at least I hope not.

sherry on April 24, 2009 at 10:13 AM

I just called JC Penney to ask if they had any Sarah Palin, Choose Life, or conservative merchandise. Barack himself must have answered the phone because the answer I got was “uuuuuuuh, ummmmmm, I…ah, huh…I’ll ask”. TOTUS must have been near, because eventually he came back with a resounding “NO”.

I asked if they had any left over Bush administration necklaces or maybe tea-pary necklaces…still “NO!”

I challenge everyone to call and see if you get a different answer.

Laura in Maryland on April 24, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Looks like I’ll be canceling our Portrait Studio membership. I go into a retail store to shop, not get bombarded with political propaganda. Damn it, and that membership saved us money!

Torch on April 24, 2009 at 10:15 AM

I’m not really opposed to these. They’re the equivalent of a flashing neon “Moron” sign.

DrMagnolias on April 24, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Wasn’t that dress made out of the White House Oval Office Curtains?
WashJeff on April 24, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Way to kill my fantasy. I might as well have the wife return all the sleeveless dresses too.

Thanks, thanks for nothin’.

Bishop on April 24, 2009 at 10:15 AM

I bet we’ll never see an aircraft carrier or naval ship bearing his name. Or at least I hope not.

sherry on April 24, 2009 at 10:13 AM

I beg to differ. I bet they’re building it now, and in eight years, its guns will be pointing at us to celebrate Obama’s third term.

Laura in Maryland on April 24, 2009 at 10:17 AM

My prediction: In lieu of receiving a tax refund, one of these lovely items will be mailed to you as a reward for your patriotism. You’re welcome.

unwashed minion on April 24, 2009 at 10:17 AM

I’m ill.

LibTired on April 24, 2009 at 10:18 AM

It isn’t big and gaudy enough for most of his peeps to buy and it HAS to be in heavy gold. Only white cheer leader girls will be buying this stuff.

Star20 on April 24, 2009 at 10:18 AM

There’s a JC Penny around the corner from where we live.

I guess I’ll start driving around the other corner.

One. More. Boycott.

madmonkphotog on April 24, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Crap! I wish I shopped at Penny’s so I could stop shopping there.

TheSitRep on April 24, 2009 at 10:22 AM

I beg to differ. I bet they’re building it now, and in eight years, its guns will be pointing at us to celebrate Obama’s third term.

Laura in Maryland on April 24, 2009 at 10:17 AM

If that’s the case, I will beg them to shoot me.

sherry on April 24, 2009 at 10:22 AM

meh…Penny’s is just trying to make a buck.

The more Obamites they can fleece out of their cash, the better.

JetBoy on April 24, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Awesome, it’s like a way to label really dumb followers. Like those Che shirts….

Can you say Tacky?

mjk on April 24, 2009 at 10:23 AM

meh…Penny’s is just trying to make a buck.

The more Obamites they can fleece out of their cash, the better.

JetBoy on April 24, 2009 at 10:22 AM

That’s what I’m thinking. The magic of capitalism and really stupid sheep.

mjk on April 24, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Can you say Tacky?

mjk on April 24, 2009 at 10:23 AM

YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2009 at 10:25 AM

WTF, No Hope & Change nipple rings?

Old Hippie Vet on April 24, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Hey, this gives me an idea. If people are fool enough to by something like this, then I can sell them something even more cool…

…An Obama Waffle Iron! That’s right folks, you too can own the amazing Obama Waffle Iron for $19.95 (plus shipping and handling). Call now and we will throw in the Michelle O cookie cutter FREE!!!

Call 1-800-ima-fool now! That’s 1-800-ima-fool!

Don’t delay! Operators are standing by…Call 1-800-ima-fool now! That’s 1-800-ima-fool!

Allow 4-8 yrs for delivery

Geez, where’s Billy Mays when you need him?

JohnnyD on April 24, 2009 at 10:30 AM

I predict the next fashion rage will be sleeveless dress with huge padded butts.

Star20 on April 24, 2009 at 10:32 AM

JohnnyD on April 24, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Comes with a free t-shirt, emblazoned with “Can I just finish my waffle?”

JetBoy on April 24, 2009 at 10:36 AM

How much shyte can one country swallow? Let the Boycott JC Penny emails roll!

Western_Civ on April 24, 2009 at 10:36 AM

I takes the very most special kind of trailer trash to wear that bling.

TheSitRep on April 24, 2009 at 10:39 AM

OK… it’s official. I will NOT be purchasing anything from JCP, again.

BoomJunkie on April 24, 2009 at 10:42 AM

Tacky, ugly, pieces of sh*t…just like the Obam…uhhh…s!

Master Shake on April 24, 2009 at 10:42 AM

JetBoy on April 24, 2009 at 10:36 AM

That would only be if you bought it from HSN, late @ night, on a weekend.

JohnnyD on April 24, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Looks like society has evolved past putting armbands on to show allegiance to the leader. Now it is done in more hip and cool ways. Why not get the Obama devotional to carry around as well?

Blue Collar Todd on April 24, 2009 at 10:46 AM

I just got back from cutting up my JCP card. Now I feel better. If it would only warm up here in NW Mt. I’d really feel great.

Kissmygrits on April 24, 2009 at 10:47 AM

J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP)
6501 Legacy Dr.
Plano, TX 75024-3698
Phone: 972-431-1000
Fax: 972-431-9140

Chairman and CEO Myron E. (Mike) Ullman III
President, Chief Merchandising Officer, and Director, Kenneth C. (Ken) Hicks

I did call, but couldn’t break the automatic menus. Maybe someone else will have better luck.

Western_Civ on April 24, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Remember the kerfuffle over the Barry O looking Messiaish gazing upward photo? Methinks another lawsuit will be filed.

corona on April 24, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Places not to shop:
J.C. Penny.

albill on April 24, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Obama Condoms …
faraway on April 24, 2009 at 10:09 AM

If they don’t work Obama will guarantee a free abortion.

izoneguy on April 24, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Haven’t shopped at JC Penny in a long time. Don’t think I will ever again now.

MarkTheGreat on April 24, 2009 at 10:59 AM

They’re just trying to take money from the Obama worshipers. No different than the Obama coins that were nothing more than regular coins with an Obama sticker on them.

roux on April 24, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Geez, where’s Billy Mays when you need him?

Well, I don’t know, but I’m thinking you could get Vince from ShamWow for pretty cheap, considering the prosty arrest and all…..

People who wear these will have me fighting the overwhelming temptation to ask them to explain the Osirak reactor attack. Because so many of them suddenly became foreign policy experts right around the election and knew SOOOO much more about the Middle East and its history, etc, etc.

mjk on April 24, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Hope and Change Fever

We have an epidemic!

FontanaConservative on April 24, 2009 at 11:08 AM

The more Obamites they can fleece out of their cash, the better.

JetBoy on April 24, 2009 at 10:22 AM

When those guys run out of cash, they start whining to Obama for more. And he usually comes through, with our money.

MarkTheGreat on April 24, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Is it racist of me to say those are REALLY ugly?

Bob's Kid on April 24, 2009 at 11:09 AM

I have no angst against JCPenny selling the jewelry.

Pretty soon those buyers will be too embarrassed to wear them anyway. Let them have some memento later to remind them of their folly.

Is it just me or do you notice the quietly disappearing O bumper sticker?

Sir Napsalot on April 24, 2009 at 11:10 AM

That stuffs for the girlie O’s, here is what girliemen O’s have to have.

BL@KBIRD on April 24, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Is it just me or do you notice the quietly disappearing O bumper sticker?

Sir Napsalot on April 24, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Disappearing with dignity???

FontanaConservative on April 24, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Hey… make a buck… that’s what this country was built on…. ingenuity… but also be careful of the company you keep… have some morals….

CynicalOptimist on April 24, 2009 at 11:14 AM

They have these pendants on their website, too. It’s no hoax … unfortunately.

At up to 60% off now, so I guess they thought the Obama crowd would pay a lot more for these and can’t sell them. :-)

JeffinSac on April 24, 2009 at 11:14 AM

BL@KBIRD on April 24, 2009 at 11:13 AM
I’m guessing that will be the weapon of choice for the Obama Civilian Force.

FontanaConservative on April 24, 2009 at 11:15 AM

The list of companies I can no longer give business too is growing quickly.

t.ferg on April 24, 2009 at 11:23 AM

That stuffs for the girlie O’s, here is what girliemen O’s have to have.

BL@KBIRD on April 24, 2009 at 11:13 AM

I noticed that buyers of this item also purchased large & small bat throwers, as well as the Batman sword.
Is there something coming I’m not aware of?

Badger40 on April 24, 2009 at 11:27 AM

sherry on April 24, 2009 at 10:22 AM

LOL! Thanks, I needed that.

Laura in Maryland on April 24, 2009 at 11:28 AM

The list of companies I can no longer give business too is growing quickly.

t.ferg on April 24, 2009 at 11:23 AM

I think they are all owned by the same entity.
You can’t boycott a product anymore & have it actually mean something.
All these multi-national companies & products make it pointless.
Something else has to be done to get the point across.

Badger40 on April 24, 2009 at 11:28 AM

It’s a setting sun. Twilight in America (as compared to Reagan’s “Morning in America”).

At a hundred bucks a pop, how much does ZerObama make on this?

Steve Z on April 24, 2009 at 11:34 AM

I bet we’ll never see an aircraft carrier or naval ship bearing his name. Or at least I hope not.

sherry on April 24, 2009 at 10:13 AM

It would end up next to the Titanic.

Steve Z on April 24, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Where’s the HOPE dog collar? All those Portuguese Water Dogs that the public is about to start buying by the hundreds of thousands in honor of Bo, the First Puppy, will need Hopeychangey bling, too.

Life must be good right now for Portuguese Water Dog breeders. After 101 Dalmatians came out, there was a huge increase in demand for Dalmatian puppies. I can’t imagine the insane demand for Porties about now. I’ll bet the animal advocacy groups are livid. Obama just did more to “kill” thousands of shelter pets than anyone ever has.

aero on April 24, 2009 at 11:40 AM

I have initiated a complete boycott of J.C Penney. I will encourage everyone in my extended family to follow.

FireBlogger on April 24, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Dammit. I was a big JC Penney’s customer.

MadisonConservative on April 24, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Who’s going to be able to keep a straight face if they see someone wearing this stuff?

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2009 at 11:53 AM

How wonderfully nauseating, now you can’t even go to the jewelry store to buy nice stuff for your wife w/o being reminded of Obama.

gsherin on April 24, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Who’s going to be able to keep a straight face if they see someone wearing this stuff?

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2009 at 11:53 AM

I had a hard time keeping a straight face last summer at Mt Rushmore in the gift shop.
One man & one what I think was a woman were buying trinkets. I was behind them at the checkout.
They were about 5’4″ & both about 200 lbs.
They were wearing shorts & Birkenstocks.
They smelled like BO(not Obama-body odor).
They were both wearing identical Obama rally T-shirts gotten from So Cal somewhere. The T-shirts were like a rock band T-shirt showing all the places & dates BO was rallying at.
I couldn’t get out of there fast enough.

Badger40 on April 24, 2009 at 11:58 AM

The more Obamites they can fleece out of their cash, the better.

JetBoy on April 24, 2009 at 10:22 AM

You’re absolutely correct.

There’s a sucker born every minute. – P.T. Barnum

newton on April 24, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Badger40 on April 24, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Pictures of them would have been oh so helpful during the campaign. Of course smellivision would have come in handy to. They just wanted to be hip.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2009 at 12:45 PM

I’ve had hope for 19 years, and it didn’t come from a man, it came from Jesus Christ. Guess I’m way ahead of the curve.

PastorJon on April 24, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Oh please. With all the real news going on, why even post this? Businesses of many sorts have made money selling all manner of trinkets with popular logos/sayings/etc for about as long as business and politics has existed.

Yes, with 0bama’s socialistic mindset, capitalistically hawking his symbol is rather ironic. But that’s the end of it.

Let’s not let Hotair become like the libtard media, that reports non-important silliness just to garner viewers.

Dark-Star on April 24, 2009 at 1:11 PM

I had HOPED to be able to buy some Barak Obama toilet paper. then I realized how redundant that would be…

Guess it’s back to pages from the JC Penny catalog.

AW1 Tim on April 24, 2009 at 1:11 PM

… and of course, hopenchange come through with yet another lie

corona on April 24, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Dark-Star on April 24, 2009 at 1:11 PM

A little levity gives a much-needed break from the ceaseless bad news about this man.

DrMagnolias on April 24, 2009 at 1:42 PM

I just emailed them to let them know I will never shop there again and wished them good luck with their sucking up.

SKYFOX on April 24, 2009 at 2:10 PM

I can’t help but wonder who would buy that hideous ‘jewelry’. Creepy.

jix on April 24, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Socialism for fun & profit.

JoeAvg on April 24, 2009 at 9:29 AM

Now there’s an oxymoron.

Sorry but there’s nothing Socialist about profiting from a fad.

Ortzinator on April 24, 2009 at 2:20 PM

I can’t help but wonder who would buy that hideous ‘jewelry’. Creepy. jix on April 24, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Garafolo. They’d go nicely with her many tasteful tats.

Akzed on April 24, 2009 at 2:40 PM

Now that is some ugly shit. I was in Penney’s just last week for the first time in several years. It looked like KMart – cheap, ugly merchandise hung on overstuffed racks, the racks themselves crammed together like passengers in steerage. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough. I’d rather shop at a thrift store than JC Penney.

doppelganglander on April 24, 2009 at 2:41 PM

What a sick celebritized society. I won’t be surprised if I see a line of tennis, jeans, cereal box toys, or vehicle that celebrates a president who has YET to prove himself.

pjean on April 24, 2009 at 2:55 PM

Used to love shopping there. Never again.

Jerricho68 on April 24, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Where’s the HOPE dog collar? All those Portuguese Water Dogs that the public is about to start buying by the hundreds of thousands in honor of Bo, the First Puppy, will need Hopeychangey bling, too.

Life must be good right now for Portuguese Water Dog breeders. After 101 Dalmatians came out, there was a huge increase in demand for Dalmatian puppies. I can’t imagine the insane demand for Porties about now. I’ll bet the animal advocacy groups are livid. Obama just did more to “kill” thousands of shelter pets than anyone ever has.

aero on April 24, 2009 at 11:40 AM

I KID YOU NOT, our neighbor has one; this dog is the “second cousin” of my neighbor’s Portie. There was an article on goerie.com that the breeder is from Millcreek, PA (nearby) and the Kennedy’s dog, was also from her.

Now I have to tell ya, these are not cheap. They’re $1K-$1,500 each depending on the pedigree! What concerns me is that they are VERY high-energy pups, and if there is not a strong alpha around (yea yea), they will take over. Seen it! These need strong and continuous training.

Same for my dog, another breed.

ProudPalinFan on April 24, 2009 at 3:03 PM

This company is very close to collapse anyway. In the next 18 months many household names will close forever.

Jerricho68 on April 24, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Hope and Change blinders and leg irons?

Jerricho68 on April 24, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Here, here…this will make you all feel better…

Please order some, it’ll scare the crap out of thieves.

http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=p3907.m38.l1313&_nkw=obama+gargoyle&_sacat=See-All-Categories

Obama head + gargoyle body = PRICELESS
John McCain + gargoyle body = SPEECHLESS

ProudPalinFan on April 24, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Wow, not buying anything at JcPenney. I don’t often buy anything there anyway, but I’m officially boycotting now.

RightWinged on April 24, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Could help save time at parties

entagor on April 24, 2009 at 3:43 PM

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