Crain’s reports today the latest — and, for my money, the creepiest, to date— Malia and Sasha news: the maker of Beanie Babies, Ty Inc., is selling Malia and Sasha Obama dolls. “Marvelous Malia” and “Sweet Sasha” sell for $9.99 each and look very…grown-up. To the point where if they were plastic rather than plush, you’d expect them to have Barbie (ever-stiletto-ready) feet.
Liz Cox Barrett is a freelance writer and graphic designer in Kalispell, Montana. She worked as a newspaper journalist in Denver and Kalispell for 20 years.