Posted on April 6, 2009

‘Chia Obama’ Booted From Local Stores

WTVT-TV (Tampa Bay), April 3, 2009

Some local Walgreen’s stores are pulling a supposed likeness of President Barack Obama off their shelves. The ‘Chia Obama’ will no longer be sold there.

Walgreen’s spokesman Michael Polzin explained to FOX 13 that local store managers have the ability to purchase and market products–like the Chia Obama–on their own.

But now, the corporate office has asked stores to pull the product from their stores because, he said, it is not appropriate for the company’s corporate image.

The Chia Obama is a version of the Chia Pet line, which features a ceramic figure upon which fresh greens are planted and allowed to grow, filling out the likeness of the subject.