Sasha and Malia Beanie Babies?

O.J. didn’t kill his wife and her “friend”. Bush didn’t lie to the American people about WMD’s and the Iraqi invasion. And the Sasha and Malia beanie babies aren’t named for Obama’s daughter. If you don’t believe those first two falsehoods, then you certainly shouldn’t believe the third either.

Ty, creators of Beanie Babies, claim that their latest dolls named “Sweet Sasha” and “Marvelous Malia” are in no way based upon Sasha and Malia Obama. Yeah, right!

According to an AP story, the naming of the two dolls was not an intentional attempt to mimic Sasha and Malia:

“[Ty] chose the names because ‘they are beautiful names,’ not because of any resemblance to Malia and Sasha Obama, said spokeswoman Tania Lundeen.”

“There’s nothing on the dolls that refers to the Obama girls,” Lundeen said. “It would not be fair to say they are exact replications of these girls. They are not.”

Not exact replicas? You must be joking. Obviously the dolls wouldn’t mirror the first daughters, but clearly they are based on them, so isn’t that sufficient?

I’m in the Internet marketing industry, so I understand advertising and the concept of building on demand. But this is completely outrageous. If the Sasha and Malia beanie babies truly aren’t based ont he first daughters, then why are they named as such? And why couldn’t Ty have gotten some sort of “permission” perhaps from the Obama’s press team?

I would venture to say that you shouldn’t purchase the Sasha and Malia beanie babies. And possibly any other Ty products. Those shoddily made dolls are a merely a dead fad from the 90s.