'Dubya doll' talks tough
Dec 13 2002
A new President Bush doll is talking tough on terror, and just like the real George W, it occasionally makes mistakes.
"We are working hard to put food on your family table," says the 12.5 inch tall likeness, which features clips from Bush speeches. "I will not hold this nation hostile."
The £20 doll sold out a first shipment of 12,000 this week, and a second shipment will not arrive in the States until after Christmas.
"We anticipated it being a very popular item but we just didn't think it was going to take off that quick," said Jim Wessling, co-founder of California-based Talking Presidents.com Inc.
Most of the 17 sound clips are straightforward quotes about the war on terrorism and other topics - such as "Terrorism against our nation will not stand" - but the doll also offers some of BushÕs malapropisms.
"There is nothing derogatory, everything is complimentary, there's nothing to make fun of him ... (but) the doll is a good representation of the president. There are two or three of his Bushisms," Wessling said.
It was unclear what Bush the president thinks of Bush the doll. The White House press office did not immediately respond to a call for comment.
Wessling and son-in-law John Warnock, the other co-founder, are "staunch Republicans," Wessling said. Warnock came up with the idea partly out of admiration for Bush.
"Nobody had done what he considered the true action heroes, which would be George W Bush," Wessling said.