If only Bush had thought to copyright the picture of him in a Nazi uniform, he’d be the richest man in the world. Obama’sÃ¢â€žÂ¢ people have a little more foresight than Bush did:
Barack ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s popularity makes him a marketerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s dream. Now, the honeymoon may be over for those trying to profit from his appeal.
White House lawyers want to control the use of the presidentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s image, recognizing the worldwide fascination about ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s election, First Amendment free-speech rights and easy access to videos and photos on the Web.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our lawyers are working on developing a policy that will protect the presidential image while being careful not to squelch the overwhelming enthusiasm that the public has for the president,Ã¢â‚¬Â White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
Here’s a breakdown of “licensing fees” I suggest ObamaÃ¢â€žÂ¢ put in place to keep free use of his words (Ã‚Â© 2009) and imageÃ¢â€žÂ¢ from getting out of control:
If you use President Obama’sÃ¢â€žÂ¢ picture on a product you sell, ObamaÃ¢â€žÂ¢ gets $1 per unit sold. Other ObamaÃ¢â€žÂ¢ product fees(Ã‚Â© 2009) are as follows…
ObamaÃ¢â€žÂ¢ dressed as JesusÃ‚Â®: $1.25/unit
ObamaÃ¢â€žÂ¢ walking on water: $1.50/unit
ObamaÃ¢â€žÂ¢ healing lepers: $1.00/unit
ObamaÃ¢â€žÂ¢ pictured as Che GuevaraÃ‚Â® on MarxistÃ‚Â® t-shirt: $2/unit
ObamaÃ¢â€žÂ¢ shirtless on beach: $3/unit
ObamaÃ¢â€žÂ¢ licensing fees (Ã‚Â© 2009) for words and phrases:
ObamaÃ¢â€žÂ¢ paid 75 cents every time somebody writes/says “Barack”Ã¢â€žÂ¢.
ObamaÃ¢â€žÂ¢ paid 75 cents every time somebody writes/says “Obama”Ã¢â€žÂ¢.
ObamaÃ¢â€žÂ¢ paid $1.50 every time somebody writes/says “Barack Obama”Ã¢â€žÂ¢.
ObamaÃ¢â€žÂ¢ paid $1.25 every time somebody writes/says “Yes we can”Ã¢â€žÂ¢.
ObamaÃ¢â€žÂ¢ paid 65 cents every time somebody writes/says “Hope” (Ã‚Â© 2009).
ObamaÃ¢â€žÂ¢ paid 65 cents every time somebody writes/says “Change” (Ã‚Â© 2009).
ObamaÃ¢â€žÂ¢ paid 25 cents every time somebody says “uhh”Ã¢â€žÂ¢.
ObamaÃ¢â€žÂ¢ paid $2.50 every time an MSM reporterÃ¢â€žÂ¢ yells “BARACK!”Ã¢â€žÂ¢ during orgasm ($5 if there’s another person involved).
A full list of ObamaÃ¢â€žÂ¢ licensing fees (Ã‚Â© 2009) is pending approval by the presidentÃ¢â€žÂ¢.
People caught avoiding these ObamaÃ¢â€žÂ¢ licensing fees (Ã‚Â© 2009) will either be imprisoned or offered a cabinet postÃ¢â€žÂ¢ depending on their party affiliation and financial status. These ObamaÃ¢â€žÂ¢ licensing fees(Ã‚Â© 2009) mean that AmericansÃ¢â€žÂ¢ can be, for the first time in their adult lives, proud of their country (Patent Pending).