Oct. 1, 2012
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-- Pop Art Creations is the company behind "Barack-in-the-
Box". The San Jose, CA based small business has joined the voter suppression craze this election season, with its own stiff requirements for placing a simple order through its website. The only two products sold on the site are Barack-in-the-
Box and it's predecessor, Hillary-in-the-
Box. Each was made in limited editions. The website has two options for how to purchase: An easy express button option for "well-to-do's, bankers, super good-looking's, republicans, and tea party types", and a more involved, restrictive process for "students, poor, elderly, indigent, or any combination of the same". Included is one "free fraudulent vote with each purchase". While this smacks of scandal, and frankly, lost orders altogether, Owner- Heather Courtney, defends the ordering restrictions saying "why should the GOP have all the fun? We just wanted to be involved in some small way. Voter suppression scandals are this election's Flash Mob. It's the new Tebowing. This trend is sweeping the nation, and we want to be a plus-one at this party." Some of the listed restrictions include: "Early ordering has been eliminated, you must place your order BEFORE you arrive at this website." And documentation you must present includes photo id's, mail, something about taking an oath and finding someone to vouch for you.
Immediately noticed, was the absence of Mitt-in-the-
Box. It certainly has a nice ring to it. The company reports that only 47% of their customers (that do not pay sales tax on their orders, fyi) have shown an interest in buying such a thing, and the company says that it is "not their job to worry about those people".
Box is a light-hearted celebration of the POTUS and his historic candidacy. Each side depicts a caricature of Obama in scenes of good old-fashioned Americana. Some images include: Obama's likeness added to Mount Rushmore and a "fist pump" with Lincoln, Barack and Michelle in an adaptation of the famous painting, "American Gothic", and Obama cannot tell a lie as George Washington with the cherry tree. Turn the crank to the tune of "Hail to the Chief", and out pops the man himself. Barack-in-the-
Box was produced in a limited edition of 7,200 and retails for $29.95 and is available exclusively through the company's website. Hillary-
in-the-box is the same price, but the website is having a special on those.
Pop Art Creations was founded in 2003. Heather Courtney creates handmade, wooden jack-in-the-
boxes that feature the likenesses of her customers, which she sculpts by hand. Her business hit a new level in 2006, when Ellen Degeneres featured Pop Art Creations, and her own Ellen-in-the-
box, on her talk show. The work is all done by Courtney and each is one-of-a-kind. The Clinton and Obama jack-in-the-
boxes are the first mass-produced products for the small company.http://www.barack-in-the-box.comPhotos: