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No Hope for the Holidays: CVS Stores Pull Chia Obama From Shelves

posted at 8:58 am on October 8, 2009 by

CVS stores, with the help of other outside influences no doubt, just made my Christmas shopping season a lot more difficult:

nullIn CVS stores for less than a week, the Commander in Chia has already gotten the boot.

The chain Tuesday said it is no longer selling the Chia planter modeled after President Obama.

Chia Pet maker Joseph Enterprises launched an ad blitz leading up to the sales of its Chia Obama last week in Chicago, San Francisco and Tampa, Fla., the first time the item was in a major chain since Walgreens abruptly pulled it after a few days of testing last spring.

Walgreens officials said they received a few complaints. CVS would not say why it stopped the sales.

Fortunately, they didn’t pull them from the shelves before I managed to get my hands on the “limited edition” version, which comes complete with commemorative “seeds of hope” and the First Lady gardening on the head:


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Track-A-'Crat on October 8, 2009 at 8:59 AM

obama’s hair isnt even that big, afros are cool but green afros?

thebrokenrattle on October 8, 2009 at 9:58 AM

Jammie had a piece on this last week. Supposedly the maker is an BarryO fan and gifted the first daughters with 2 of these. It seems BarryO wasnt offended by them, so this is just fauxtrage by his overly sensitive cult.

di butler on October 8, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Darn, these would be perfect for clay shooting. Pull!!!

jimmy2shoes on October 8, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Might these be called a nappy headed plant? Oops!!

jeanie on October 8, 2009 at 2:40 PM

believe it or not, i actually saw a commercial on TV for this obama-chia, sold as part of a set.

who else was in the set? george washington, abe lincoln, and the statue of liberty.


homesickamerican on October 8, 2009 at 5:32 PM

But wait-we’re not finished yet. Call in the next 20 minutes, cause you know we can’t do this all day, and we’ll DOUBLE the fauxtrage. Just pay separate shipping and handling.

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