First lady Michelle Obama visited the Great Wall of China on Sunday, and Chinese authorities had local merchants pull a popular Obama-Mao t-shirt during her time there.
The t-shirt depicts President Barack Obama wearing communist leader Mao Zedong‘s cap.
According to the Weekly Standard, a pool reporter commented on a tip about merchants at t-shirt stalls being told to “temporarily suspend sales of t-shirts that show President Obama in a Mao hat.”
The pool reporter added:
That tip turned out to be true. Several merchants denied carrying such items, but one merchant quietly took this correspondent to the back of her tent and showed off a whole box of the popular, normally seen t-shirts. As we were negotiating prices – she wanted 360 yuan, or roughly $60, an outrageous starting price – other merchants came by, and in Chinese, told her to be careful. The merchant became visibly rattled and put the t-shirts away.
This 2009 photo depicts a similar t-shirt, according to the Daily Mail: