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kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 13th Jan '09 10:35 PM

IS NOTHING SACRED?

Ok, you know we have the inauguration coming up in the US in a few days ...

And a lot of people are very excited by the incoming president ...

And this being the capitalist haven that it is, there are those who will do whatever it takes to make a buck, no matter how tacky ...

BUT ...

I was walking to lunch today in Union Station, 6 blocks from the US Capitol, 1 1/2 miles from the White House, the railroad portal to Washington DC, and I saw it. A big promotional display.

It was a mock-up of the Oval Office, complete with guys dressed as Secret Service agents at the entrance and cardboard Obama at the desk suitable for pictures.

It was sponsored by Ikea.

All the furnishings inside? Ikea.

US flag to the left of the president's chair, Ikea flag to the right.

Here's the proof: http://www.brandweek.com/bw/content_display/news-and-features/retail-restaurants/e3i6ae6fc5050e3cd8b6f9d569b58a2b5d7 And here: http://www.psfk.com/2009/01/ikea-lobbying-for-oval-office-decor.html

It's a wonder I could eat after that. Especially with my jaw dragging along the floor.

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Tue, 13th Jan '09 11:00 PM

Certainly hope our next President won't have to spend his first month putting the pieces together. Though I do have Gorm in my storage unit, and am quite happy with him. My daughter has Billy in her living room.

There's something wrong with furniture that has a name.

lucimoore
Lucimoore  (Level: 183.4 - Posts: 1684)
Tue, 13th Jan '09 11:13 PM

Have to admit I have a kitchen drawer full of the big white cotton dish towels with red stripes that I couldn't do without and oh my do I love the lingonberry preserves made just for Ikea.

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Wed, 14th Jan '09 10:17 AM

And now Wal-Mart is pissed because they didn't think of it.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5886)
Wed, 14th Jan '09 10:36 AM

It was not even tastefully done.........it looked tacky. How gross!

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 14th Jan '09 11:38 AM

What's the problem ?

Brilliant ad!

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.4 - Posts: 21603)
Wed, 14th Jan '09 11:42 AM

WOW, Andy, you might become as unpopular as I am. LOL Linda

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 14th Jan '09 12:07 PM

Linda, I think someone here is oversensitive.

The ad is clearly about furnishing new digs, not about Obama.

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.4 - Posts: 21603)
Wed, 14th Jan '09 12:14 PM

I "get" it, I think but some folks here get their features ruffled if you even hint at any "tackiness" surrounding our soon to be President. Now i have to go watch Blago swear into office the folks that are soon to hold his trial of impeachment . SIGH....Linda

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 14th Jan '09 12:34 PM

Oh, Blago.

I still vote in Illinois. I remember him from before he became governor. He was a guy who knew very well how to game the political system in Chicago. He became governor because no other Dem wanted to run.

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.4 - Posts: 21603)
Wed, 14th Jan '09 12:48 PM

I just will take a wild guess and say Roland Burris would have taken the job- Lol Linda

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 14th Jan '09 1:30 PM

Burris, though liked and respected, could not win contested Dem primaries for big offices.

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.4 - Posts: 21603)
Wed, 14th Jan '09 1:37 PM

Everybody knows that. I actually feel a bit sorry for him that he wanted to continue a career that never really got off the ground and thus accepted the appointment after he and so many others said the appointment would not be valid. Blago may be a crook but he has had everyone from the top on down scampering to "gracefully" change their mind. Linda

domester
Domester  (Level: 98.6 - Posts: 59)
Wed, 14th Jan '09 1:37 PM

I'll say Kauffman's point had nothing to do with Obama or pointing tackiness at him. It was all about crass commercialism and opportunism. It is like setting up a stand to sell American flags in a graveyard on Memorial Day. What do we get next from Ikea? How about the reclining massage chair so comfortable you won't mind when the Governor of Texas flips the switch? Or how about an ad for furniture so easy to assemble you can snap together a new house full before your old house finishes burning to the ground? Maybe Blago can get Ikea to furnish Burris' office for free.

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.4 - Posts: 21603)
Wed, 14th Jan '09 1:48 PM

Or... perhaps the DC transit system putting his image on tickets or is that okay??

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.4 - Posts: 21603)
Wed, 14th Jan '09 2:00 PM

The point I was trying to make is who decides what is "memorabilia" and what s "Crass Commercialism"? I KNOW political parties have gone through change over the years but does the irony escape everyone that the President-Elect compares himself and has throughout his campaign to Lincoln. Lincoln was a Republican!! Personally don't have much use for a "career politician" no matter what his platform might be-Linda

erin0620
Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Wed, 14th Jan '09 2:25 PM

"The Best Book of Useless Information Ever" (thanks Colleen!) has this info on Ikea:

"One in ten Europeans was conceived on an Ikea bed, according to the company"

"More copies of the Ikea catalog are printed each year than the Bible."

"Ikea once apologized after accidentally naming a child's bunk bed similarly to an obscene German expression..." It was named "Gutvik" which sounds like something that means, er...skills in the sack

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.4 - Posts: 21603)
Wed, 14th Jan '09 2:47 PM

I SAID I was aware that political parties had done about faces over the years. I meant ALL politicians basically-no exceptions although suppose the ones who make it their career might be worse. So sick of hearing these are "dire" times so the Treasury pick will get through even though he will be the head of IRS and neglected to pat FICA taxes. Terror is imminent so Hillary is a good pick because of this dire circumstance in spite of the fact that Bill accepted billions and will continue to accept from very dubious sources. At least Richardson bowed out before he was indicted by a Grand Jury for possible "pay to play. The Republicans are no different and seem to have lost any spine they might have had because they don't want to be deemed the party of "NO"-not that they have enough voice to make a difference in anything. The whole thing is the ultimate "Power Trip"and it stinks!! Linda

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.4 - Posts: 21603)
Wed, 14th Jan '09 2:59 PM

Erin, was not responding to you. Someone had posted telling me the parties had channged now that post seems to have vanished. Strange how that happens when things take on political tones. Don't want another war like the political threads started... Linda

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Wed, 14th Jan '09 3:09 PM

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caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.4 - Posts: 21603)
Wed, 14th Jan '09 3:13 PM

They contacted me via pm and I concur that any debate here is pointless and only leads to many hurt feelings-Linda

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Wed, 14th Jan '09 5:49 PM

K, they are Swedish. You expect brilliant social wit?

The Swedes are the Koreans of Europe.



bbear
Bbear  (Level: 161.7 - Posts: 2301)
Wed, 14th Jan '09 6:54 PM

Is that kinda like being the Iowans of the midwest?

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Wed, 14th Jan '09 8:01 PM

best watch it Smaug, or my Scandahovian ancestors will descend on you like a starving Viking on a Lingonberry

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Wed, 14th Jan '09 8:02 PM

Korea is in Europe?

Damn that explains why I have no Geography badge...

Me.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Wed, 14th Jan '09 10:25 PM

Although I must admit I'd be amused by Joe Biden and assorted Secret Service agents being called in ... and told to bring their little allen wrench thingies ...

allena
Allena  (Level: 255.8 - Posts: 1391)
Thu, 15th Jan '09 10:58 AM

Allen wrenches are enormously smart. They can fix Porsches, Peugeots, Ferraris, John Deere Combines, and Land Rovers. Imagine having an appreciated angle in all those different countries. There is nothing thingie about Allen stuff!


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