Picking up on a nugget (my tweet
surprisingly included in a Wednesday Boston Globe article, on Thursday
night FNC's Bret Baier reported in his "Grapevine" segment: "President Bush is apparently more popular than President Obama on Martha's Vineyard - at least when it comes to clothing."
Baier relayed the day the First Family arrived on the Massachusetts island:
When the First Family vacationed there last year,
Obama-themed trinkets were flying off the shelves. Now, the owner of a
store called the Locker Room says this summer's best-selling shirt
features Mr. Bush. And even Democrats are buying it. It reads: "Miss Me
Yet? How's that Hopey-Changey Thing Working Out for Ya?"
In an August 18 Globe story, "Vineyard buzzes less for Obamas' second visit
," Milton J. Valencia reported on the Oak Bluffs store:
...One barometer of the plunge in excitement has been
the sale of Obama-themed T-shirts, which designers had been banking on
after the craze of last year. Clothing labeled with the president's name
sold by the thousands, helping to salvage a tough economic year for the
But this year's T-shirt sales are much less brisk, merchants say.
- Brent Baker is Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center. Click here to follow him on Twitter.
"Last year, Obama gave you goose bumps, but I don't think you're
going to see that this year,'' said Alex McCluskey, co-owner of the
Locker Room, who sold more than 4,000 "I vacationed with Obama''
T-shirts last year. But so far this year, he said, his hot item is
T-shirts of former President Bush asking, "Miss me yet?''...