New Yorkers may get a chance to greet Chia Obama at local drugstores

April 8th, 2009 - 4:41 pm ICT by ANI  

New York, Apr.8 (ANI): New Yorkers are likely to get a chance to greet the grassy-headed figurine of President Obama, thought it has been pulled off from Walgreens shelves in Chicago and Tampa over claims that it is racist and wrong for the company’s image.

According to the New York Daily News, Chia Obama’s maker is in negotiations with drugstore chains in the New York market to bring Chia Obama here in the coming weeks.

“As quickly as they can take them, we will send them,” said Joseph Pedott, 76, founder of the as-seen-on-TV Chia Pets empire.

In the meantime, Pedott added, Chia Obama is for sale online - in “Happy” or “Determined” poses - for the amazingly low price of just 19.99 dollars (three seed packs included!).

It’s already a top seller and “could be the biggest I have ever had,” Pedott said.

Pedott said he was stung by suggestions that there was something racist about Chia Obama, which, if left untrimmed, appears to give the 44th President a healthy, if very green, Afro.

The presidential bust is also emblazoned “Yes We Can,” Obama’s campaign slogan, as well as with the words “liberty,” “opportunity,” “prosperity” and “hope.” (ANI)

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