Thursday, January 15, 2009

Photos: Union Station aka Obama Merchandise Central

Apparently Union Station is actually Obama Merchandise Central. There are nearly 10 establishments in the station selling Obama/Inauguration items only. Most are carts, some have been around for a long time and all were super busy when I visited today. A button maker I encountered on my trip to Portland last year is even there. They are cleaning up. Another fellow is selling photos "with" Obama. One guy sold Obama sandals. Even larger corporations are getting in the game. IKEA set up their version of oval office for a promotion they are calling "Embrace Change." And Pepsi has plastered the station with buzz words from the Obama campaign, each including a Pepsi logo. Very 1984-ish in a weird way. Anyway, it'll all be over in 6 days.