The Obama Chia Pet Controversy
So, have you heard about the Barack Obama Chia pet head? It’s the HOTTEST product to be released in years from the creators of the world famous Original Chia Pet.
It’s also turned out to be very controversial as well and has been pulled from retail chains afraid of offending their customers.
So lets take a look at this crazy product that like Barack Obama himself, could “Only Happen in America”……
Although you will usually hear this product referred to as the “Obama Chia Pet”, officially this product is referred to as the “Chia Obama Handmade Decorative Planter”. It doesn’t quite have the same ring, does it?
The Obama Chia was created by Joseph Enterprises, Inc, the same company who created the Original Chia Pet in 1977. This also the same company that brought us “The Clapper”, which was famous for it’s old “Clap on, Clap Off – The Clapper!” jingle.
The Obama Chia Head is a handmade pottery planter and comes with a Chia seed packet with enough for 3 plantings, a plastic drip tray and planting & care instructions.
The Obama Chia Pet was licensed exclusively to Walgreens to sell at their nationwide retail /convenience outlets. Their company policy allows stores to choose their own merchandise so they can better serve their individual locations. In the case of the Obama Chia though, once company management received some complaints that the product was “offensive”, Walgreens ordered stores to remove the Obama Chia headfrom the shelves.
The controversy around the Obama Chia and the it’s subsequent removal from stores has created an incredible demand for the Chia Obama head planter. The only other major retailer to stock the collectible was Amazon.com, and they have sold out of the Obama Chia. Now the Obama Chia has become a hard to find collectors item. Only in America!