One barometer of the plunge in excitement has been the sale of Obama-themed
T-shirts, which designers had been banking on after the craze of last
year. Clothing labeled with the president's name sold by the thousands,
helping to salvage a tough economic year for the island.
But this year's T-shirt sales are much less brisk, merchants say.
"Last year, Obama gave you goose bumps, but I don't think you're going to
see that this year," said Alex McCluskey, co-owner of the Locker-Room, who sold
more than 4,000 "I vacationed with Obama" T-shirts last year. But so far
this year, he said, his hot item is T-shirts of former President Bush asking,
"Miss me yet."
This might not be as shocking if it were written about any locale other than Martha's Vineyard, which prepares for the umpteenth Obama vacation with fewer welcome signs in businesses or on yards than last year.
--Cross-posted at politicaljunkieMom.
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