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Kenyan kids get Romney campaign T-shirts

posted at 1:17 pm on July 10, 2013 by

If you’ve ever wondered where all of the campaign clothing goes after the thrill is gone, look to … Africa.  The Daily Caller takes note of the disposition of the Romney-Ryan stock, which has a new life as needed clothing for schoolkids in Kenya:

President Obama might have ancestral roots in Kenya, but at least one school in Kenya is all about former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

The Knox County Romney Campaign of Tennessee has outfitted some 200 children at the Orbit Village Project in Nairobi, Kenya with leftover Romney campaign t-shirts from the 2012 election cycle.

Alexander Waters, the campaign director for the Knox County Romney Campaign, explained to The Daily Caller that his group decided to send the shirts to the school and refuge as Waters’ aunt, Cyndy Waters, runs the project and its American base is in Sevierville, Tenn.

This isn’t exactly a new concept.  Ever wonder how sports champions have T-shirts at the ready when they get back to the locker room?  They produce hundreds or thousands of shirts for both teams in anticipation of victory.  The winners’ shirts get sold for big bucks.  The losers’ shirts often end up as charitable contributions to relief efforts in Africa or Asia, which means that some kids may still be wearing shirts celebrating the championship of the New England Patriots for the 2010 season … or the 2007 season.  At any rate, it’s a way for excess consumerism to do a little good.

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There are RINOs in Africa!?!

Flange on July 10, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Recent studies have shown that it might be the “road to hell” kind of good.

The clothing donations from developed nations tend to flood the market in the developing world with low/no cost goods.

Why would someone buy a shirt made by the tailor down the street (even if it’s affordable) if they can go to the charity down the street and get one for free?

JadeNYU on July 10, 2013 at 1:37 PM

How can I get one of those Patriots 2010 Superbowl Champs shirts?…..

dentarthurdent on July 10, 2013 at 1:37 PM

There are RINOs in Africa!?!

Flange on July 10, 2013 at 1:36 PM

LOL. That is SOOOO bad….

dentarthurdent on July 10, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Romney/Ryan 2016, in Kenya. :)

22044 on July 10, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Romney/Ryan 2016, in Kenya.
22044 on July 10, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Has Romney produced a Kenyan birth certificate?

dentarthurdent on July 10, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Jimmy Kimmel talked about this in last night’s monologue, and said something like , “President Obama’s going to be pissed when he gets home”.

Ward Cleaver on July 10, 2013 at 1:52 PM

There are RINOs in Africa!?!

Flange on July 10, 2013 at 1:36 PM

OK – almost 20 minutes later and I’m still LMAO.
Clear threadwinner, in my view.

dentarthurdent on July 10, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Why would someone buy a shirt made by the tailor down the street (even if it’s affordable) if they can go to the charity down the street and get one for free?

JadeNYU on July 10, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Then perhaps there are too many tailors in the market, and they should transition to something that makes them some money. It’s not as if there aren’t other things that need doing in the third world.

Or heck, maybe they could even work for the people who make the donated clothes…it’s not as if we’re making most of these t-shirts in the US.

James on July 10, 2013 at 1:54 PM

It’s more than Obama has ever done for Kenya.

portlandon on July 10, 2013 at 1:59 PM

It’s more than Obama has ever done for Kenya.

portlandon on July 10, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Or the US……

dentarthurdent on July 10, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Someone is handing down to the younger sibling or son their Clinton 1996 t-shirt.

tjexcite on July 10, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Jimmy Kimmel talked about this in last night’s monologue, and said something like , “President Obama’s going to be pissed when he gets home”.

Ward Cleaver on July 10, 2013 at 1:52 PM

lol!! i was trying to think of a clever thing to say but, this is basically what i was going to say XD

Sachiko on July 10, 2013 at 2:45 PM

It’s more than Obama has ever done for Kenya.

portlandon on July 10, 2013 at 1:59 PM

That’s not true. He left.

just sayin’

bigmacdaddy on July 10, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Why would someone buy a shirt made by the tailor down the street (even if it’s affordable) if they can go to the charity down the street and get one for free?

JadeNYU on July 10, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Well, I doubt that either the sports teams that lose their championships, or the Romney campaign, are flooding the clothing market in Africa. It’s not like the problems with food aid where the U.S. has laws requiring us to ship American food to Africa as aid, rather than buying the food elsewhere in Africa and distributing it as aid. The amount of clothing shipped to Africa is probably not enough to make an impact on the market.

Besides, there’s the fashion issue. If you had no money for clothes, you might accept a T-shirt advertising some foreign sports team you had never heard of. But it probably wouldn’t be your first choice. If you managed to get some more money for clothes, you might want to buy a T-shirt advertising a sports team you actually liked and knew about.

J.S.K. on July 10, 2013 at 4:41 PM