Obama wax figure tours San Francisco


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Inside the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf, they keep an impressive collection of people. Name one, and they might very well have him or her.

Of all the state visits in recent memory, this would be the most blatantly commercial. The museum paid $15,000 for a plastic and wax interpretation of the president, and showed him off first on FDR's historic yacht, "The Potomac."

A sculptor in England took the president's dimensions from records and photographs.

After a trip across the bay, the president's handlers took him to San Francisco and squeezed him into an F-Line car. His fragility was a concern.

Next, a motorcade down San Francisco's Embarcadero. Based on reactions, one might assume that all of the onlookers had seen a president before. Then again, the Wax Museum already had 18 others.

A few moments later, the presidential rendition arrived in front of the museum. It replaces Julia Roberts at the museum entrance. The museum promises to keep the president there through at least the first two years of his term.

In wax museums as in politics, it's all about what have you done for me lately.

Related link:

Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf (www.waxmuseum.com)

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