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Popular ‘Obama as Mao’ shirts pulled from shops for Michelle’s China visit

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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.

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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:

2009 File Photo Daily Mail – REUTERS/David Gray
Tom Tillison


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