June 11th, 2010
04:36 PM ET
5 years ago

With $9.99 stress-relief toy buyers can 'crush' Obama

With $9.99 stress-relief toy buyers can 'crush' Obama.
With $9.99 stress-relief toy buyers can 'crush' Obama.

Washington (CNN) - For about $10 you can give President Obama the squeeze – or crush his head, if you're especially stressed.

Not the real president, but his likeness found in a new mushy toy being called the "Obama Stress Head."

The item is being sold by the conservative magazine, The Weekly Standard for $9.99.

"Getting squeezed by Obama's policies? Squeeze back!" a headline blares on a website selling the toy.

The sales pitch also boasts, "Go ahead. Give the Commander in Chief a big squeeze. With our soft, mushy Obama Stress Head, you can crush those half-baked liberal ideas before they do any more damage."

Meanwhile, the sales ad also touts what some may see as offensive.

"Pin his ears back, turn that smile upside down. Come on…you know you want to," the website states.

The site also promises upcoming, similar crushable toys in the likeness of "more of your favorite liberals – Pelosi, Biden and more."

The Democratic National Committee has responded to the sales pitch.

In a statement to CNN, Press Secretary Hari Sevugan said, "Given the civil war between factions of the right that has left the Republican party bloodied, bitterly divided and drained of resources heading into election season, and also given the waning of influence of establishment institutions like the Weekly Standard to shape the future of the right, we understand that they have a lot to be stressed about over there."


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soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Jerry Brown IS correct...the Conservative neo-confederates have turned into the modern-day version of Josef Goebbels radical propaganda. So since the Neo-Confederates can't legally lynch, they resort to this kind of sick garbage.

    June 11, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Ryan

    Proof once again that conservatives have a second grade grasp on humor.

    June 11, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. oy vey az

    Does he come with a squeaky noise maker when he's squeezed? I love it. I can squeeze him everytime I approve of his efforts. That's like squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak.

    Do you think they have any Senate Republican squeeze toys? I bet they don't squeak though ... I bet they probably make a rushing whoosh that's like, fart, few, rumble, rumble, splaaaw.

    Gotta get one!

    June 11, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Pete

    The sad part is that there are nitwits who will think this is cool and plunk down the bucks. Nitwits.

    June 11, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. Patsy, Texas

    So, this answers Jack Cafferty's question regarding the loss of any
    "semblance of dignity" in American politics. This publication is
    the epitome of loss of dignity, and you say "some MAY see" this " as
    offensive".?
    That is putting it mildly. It IS offensive, pathetic, desperate,
    un-American, dirty, and idiotic. I would expect no less from Bill
    Kristol.
    By the way, CNN Ticker, thank you for channeling Palin's Facebook,
    Fox News guests (Rove) and now the Weekly Standard. NOT!!!!!!
    This is lazy man's news.

    June 11, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    Typical of the rightwing and the GOP: A bunch of idiots with the emotional maturity of a spoiled second grader.

    June 11, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. Naldo

    Actually, it looks like a well-made squishy toy. Obviously it's tongue-in-cheek, the toy looks cheerful and friendly. If I find it at a garage sale in a year, I'll buy it for $2.

    If they really wanted to be insulting, they'd have made a robotic-looking doll that speaks whatever you type into an attached "tele-prompter" - make it a USB device you can plug into your PC, then you can simply type your Conservative Rant in Word and have the toy read it word for word!! Great at parties! Have it read Palin's Twitter blogs!

    Dang....now I want want of THOSE talking toys!
    Why has The Standard let me down!!!?!!!

    June 11, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. Independent

    HOW Tacky can you get???? Guess this is why I left the Republican Party....because of some idiots that created something like this...should say HOW Juvenile....

    June 11, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. Whimsy1

    It is a sorry state of affairs when one political party resorts to this type of degrading of our President. Ignorant, intolerant, hate-filled little minds seek to profit from spreading hate. Despicable!

    June 11, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. tony

    Republican idea in action!!! The only Republican idea (mocking opponents in a juvenile way) in action!!!

    June 11, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. katiec

    Wow, even more dispicable than this company is the people who purchase this trash,.
    Obviously the republicans will leave no rock unturned to discredit our president. Voters, we do not want politicians of this sewer mentallity leading our country. V ote the irresponsible, racist, hypocritical policians out.

    June 11, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. GuyinVA

    I'm a very conservative guy, but this is just stupid. I said the same thing when Bush was in office, and when Clinton was in office. You may disagree with the president. You may not respect him. You may genuinely dislike him. However, show some respect for the office he occupies.

    June 11, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    Funny how the right and its lackeys are always trying to convince people of their lies:

    – Tax cuts for the wealthy creates job (yeah, overseas where labor is cheap and environmental regulations don’t exist ...)
    – De-regulating business is a good thing (tell that to the people of the Gulf, where BP’s compliance with safety regulations was voluntary)
    – Cutting taxes while waging two wars will not create a deficit (no, it first eliminates the Clinton budget surplus, THEN creates a huge deficit)
    – The market will correct itself (tell that to everyone who lost everything to Enron, Wall Street, etc., etc., etc.)
    – President Obama is "squeezing" you (even though 95% of Americans received a tax cut since he's been in office and the President and his policies pulled us back from the brink of a Great Depression).

    Sadly, there are a lot of dupes out their whose fears and ignorance are being exploited by the Republicans and their cronies.

    Why those idiots won't wake up to the truth that they're being USED is beyond me!

    June 11, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. bb

    Jason: Your life sucks because of Bush? Wow, you've got emotional problems. Get a job you lazy bum! Ever heard the words "personal responsibility?"

    June 11, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. Jerod

    lol. what? surprised dems didn't do this for Bush.

    June 11, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. Brian

    Where is the George Bush shooting targets?

    June 11, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. Mike in MN

    I love it , I want one!

    Hey, how come no one seems concerned anymore about violent speech that incites violence? Obama has said he wants to keep a boot on the throat of BP and he is looking for someone's butt to kick. Sounds like the kind of speech some loney toon lefty might hear and think it is okay to commit violent acts against BP property or employees. Guess the press and Pelosi are only concerned about something a conservative says or a Tea Party supporter says.

    June 11, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. Mike

    This is to funny for words. The Republican Party is not stressed nor is it about to go broke. Wishful thinking and outright lies by the liberals. If there is any doubt about the demorat party, just check out the challenger to Jim DeMint in South Carolina. This liberal does not know what TARP is nor is he capable of making a coherent sentence. Come December 2010, the conservatives will be saying how sweet it is to be rid of so many liberals.

    June 11, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. Vickie

    Great! These idiots are so out of ideas that they now have to resort to using Obama's caricature to make money. Bless their hearts.......

    June 11, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. John

    A perfect example of the rightwing mentality is goofy Ms. Angle in Nevada. Perhaps all these nutcase right wingers forgot who put this country on the slippery slope that we've found ourselves in. We've still got them in the Obama administration, such as the perverts in the Minerals Materials Division who were having sex and drug orgies in their offices while they were supposed to be watching criminals such as BP. Obama should have thrown out any rethug holdovers on their oversexed a$$es. And our former Secretary of the Interior, Gail Norton, wasn't she a beauty. Worked her worthless butt into a nice position with Shell Oil. SUPRISE!! SUPRISE!!

    REPUBLICANS....worthless pieces of horse dung.

    4

    June 11, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  21. Pat F

    News Flash for Jason – News Flash for Jason...

    Your life doesn't suck because of Bush. Your life sucks because you're such an freakin' idiot that you actually think you life sucks because of Bush.

    Sit down with paper and a pencil (or in your case, a crayon – wouldn't want you to injure yourself) and think about it for a few hours. You'll get it eventually.

    June 11, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. Patrick B

    Why is it that its ok to make fun of the right, but not the left?
    This is meant as a joke, noting more, will people buy it? Sure which might just help the economy. I have Bobble heads of Bush, Clinton, and am waiting on one for Obama. There is noting wrong with poking fun at our leaders.
    People need to stop with the race card, President Obama is half white, which means that white people could also try to use the race card, but don't.
    For those that think one party is better then the other, I suggest you take a good long hard look at both. Do your own research and you will see that they both are pretty bad.
    What would be wrong with a heavy dose of Common Sense government?

    June 11, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. lolo

    The tea partiers and GOP really need to check themselves. How about tyeh try inventing ideas to aid the president instead of this nonsense. They have the nerve to wonder why people do not like what they stand for. I for one will definitely be voting the GOP out. Nothing but haters and racist people looking like pure fools to everyone.

    June 11, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. Marty, FL

    Yep, just about sums up the current state of too many "conservatives" these days:

    • Sadly mean-spirited while hypocritically purporting "family values."
    • Full of rhetoric & gimmicks that lack substance for real issues.

    No wonder many Americans have left the GOP, including me...

    June 11, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  25. Senator

    Dave, CA What college did you go to, graduate from, or teach at? Where did you pass the Bar, what state? What did you ever run for? Dave, I suggest that you go back to Teabagging

    June 11, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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