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October 31, 2009

Answer: Eclipsing Mao

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Question: How large an icon is Obama abroad?

(photo: David Gray/Reuters. caption: A worker washes ink from a screen print bearing an image of U.S. President Barack Obama over that of China’s late Chairman Mao Zedong at a shirt printing factory in Beijing. The factory currently produces about three thousand shirts a day with the ‘Oba Mao’ design, hoping to have a huge stockpile in time for President Obama’s mid-November visit to China)

  • thirdeye pushpin

    china getting ready to make t-shirt money off the teabaggers? by confirming their worst suspicions

  • BlueShark

    To me this is good.
    …If the world views O as a leader, maybe he will, in fact, lead.
    …And maybe our idiocy-addicted American press can move beyond the cutesy Republican shenanigans and start addressing the monumental problems facing Americans today.

  • jasperjava

    The slogan says “Serve the People”, signed “Mao Zedong”.
    Not sure if they’re trying to be admiring, ironic, or accusatory. Even in China Mao’s memory is mixed (though not officially).
    Would be a popular shirt at tea-bag rallies, though.

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