April 16th, 2009
05:43 PM ET
14 years ago

White House expresses distaste for Obama wine

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – The White House is not taking kindly to a report of a special wine created to commemorate President Obama's historic status as the country's first African-American commander-in-chief.

French winemaker Angela Bousquet-Keita has reportedly created an Obama cuvee – or vintage wine – to celebrate Obama's election, according to a report by Spiegel Online.

But the White House is responding with sour grapes to the news.

"The White House has a longstanding policy of disapproving uses of the President's name and likeness for commercial purposes," White House spokesman Ben LaBolt said in an e-mail to CNN.

But the French winemaker, who reportedly originally hails from the African nation of Guinea, may have some time to try to change the new administration's view. She told Spiegel Online that the wine should improve with age. "It would be much better when served during his second term," the Obama backer reportedly told the German outlet.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Rick

    Better drink it now there ain't gonna be a second term.

    April 16, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. does that mean that Obama's kids are off limits again?

    what about the dolls that just happen to have the same name and likeness as Obama's kids, I thought they endorsed those products

    har har har

    April 16, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. Phil

    Ignorant people amuse me. Rick, what is it that makes you so sure? His high approval rating?

    April 16, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |