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Inaugural store features tube socks, shot glasses

Will the First Couple stay warm this year in official inaugural tube socks? (Alex Brandon/AP)

The official online store of the presidential inaugural opened Thursday, with wares ranging from a five-buck pin depicting the limo in which President Obama will travel to a $7,500 set of silver, bronze, and gold medallions bearing the profiles of Obama and Vice President Biden (price includes a lovely “decorative display box”).

The Web site touts the merch as “the perfect way to remember an historic moment.” But forget dusty collectibles; some of the stuff for sale is downright practical: One can stay toasty while taking in the swearing-in ceremony with a pair of tube socks that read “Obama 44” ($15) or toast the event from home with a set of champagne flutes emblazoned with the inaugural seal ($30) — and there are beer and shot glasses for those who shun the bubbly.

Unsurprisingly, First Dog Bo — always a hit — is featured on some of the goods, including pins stamped with either a paw print or an image of the pup playing in the snow.

And lest anyone raise an eyebrow about outsourcing, most items are listed as “Made in the U.S.A.”

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.


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