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August 6, 2010

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Blog Guy, my sister went to Washington DC this summer and got her picture taken with President Obama at some event. Is that worth anything?

It all depends on the quality of the cutout. You know, did they use good cardboard, nice glossy finish, great big grin, almost real, that kind of thing.

USA-POLITICS/OBAMAI don’t get you. It WAS real. He was there, and she stood next to him. So that’s the best, right?

Unfortunately, no. Obama seldom looks as good in person as he does in cardboard, so the very best cutouts are the gold standard. Here, look here at these cutout samples. See how life-like he appears?

Blog Guy, according to your actual captions below, the one on the lower left, with the microphone, really IS Obama, not a cutout.

Yes, that’s true, and experts would compliment him there for looking almost cutout-quality.

That’s crazy! You’re saying it’s BETTER to haveĀ  your picture taken with a cutout?

Of course. The real guy will probably be around for years to pose with people, but the best cutouts only last a few weeks, what with wear and tear. You do the math.

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Top left: Students reach out to kiss a cutout of U.S. President-elect Senator Barack Obama in New Delhi, November 5, 2008. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Top right: A U.S. fan poses with a cutout of Obama in Rustenburg, South Africa, June 26, 2010. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Bottom left: Obama hosts a town hall forum in the East Room of the White House, August 3, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Bottom right: A cardboard cutout of Obama at the ‘We Are One’: Opening Inaugural Celebration” at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, January 18, 2009. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Right: Obama supporters hold up a cardboard cutout at a campaign event at the Palm Beach Community College in Lake Worth, Florida, October 21, 2008. REUTERS/Jim Young

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Comments

Can we start electing cut-outs to congress? They might be just as effective. Oh, wait, I think we already are.

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive
 

Blog Guy, you are a cut above the rest.

How do the cutouts compare to the wax figures? The wax is 3D; but they don’t do well in the heat…

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive
 

Why does he always look like he’s in a cheesy toothpaste commercial?
Hmm, cheesy toothpaste. I wonder if I can get that with bacon flavoring?
Darn these early starts with no breakfast.

Posted by zeitgeist | Report as abusive
 

Cut outs of political figures/actors back home could reach dizzying heights… these are at least bearable…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive
 

He does that ‘if I stare at you long enough like this, your head will explode’ look very well.
If a politician ever smiled at me like that, I would probably go hide under my bed for a while – maybe until after the next election.
Just a thing – are you sure the top left photo isn’t actually Tito Jackson?

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive
 

MMMmmmmmm bacon!! :D

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive
 

You’re right, Unca. Eating bacon when you’re raised Muslim wouldn’t be kosher.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive
 

And I say that with all sincerity as a devout Lutheran/Unitarian.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive
 

What’s w/all the kissing of cutouts. That’s just not hygenic.

Posted by MamaC326 | Report as abusive
 

Hmmmmmm. Interesting, Doc. I grew up as a Unitarian, so I’m aware you can’t eat raccoon. Unless you’re part of that breakaway sect, the Coonitarians.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive
 

I don’t think they’re kissing the cut-outs, they’re just licking the bacon flavouring off.

Posted by zeitgeist | Report as abusive
 

In New Delhi? Highly unlikely!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive
 

its the eyes ….. they never stop following you aaaaaah!

Posted by ochoo | Report as abusive
 

@Unca… yes, your statement is true. However zeitgeist mentioned bacon so hence MMMmmmm bacon! Bacon makes EVERYTHING better!!

Except Pez. Bacon flavored Pez would not be good.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive
 

I think we just can’t eat raccoon on Fridays.

Bacon ice cream, anyone?

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive
 

How does Pez taste? Are they like hard candy? Or chewy candy? Can I get them in lemon flavour? I love lemon flavoured candy… I love lemon cake too!!!!!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive
 

As to the consistency of Pez I refer you back to the chalk comparison. Yes, you can get lemon flavor but do not expect it to compare to lemon cake. Only disappointment awaits you if you do.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive
 

Speaking as a pig farmer, surely bacon flavoured anything is good?!

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive
 

did you vote for obama? be honest

 

Have you ever tried Baconaise CrowGirl?

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive
 

Free Anti Virus? Really?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive
 

Not really, Shra. Don’t believe everything you read.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive
 

Ifly, No! I’ve never heard of it. Is it, as the name suggests, bacon flavoured mayonnaise?

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive
 

Yes CrowGirl it is exactly that. And it is unfortunately an example of how not everything that is bacon flavored is good.

I mean flavoured.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive
 

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