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KAILUA, Hawaii (CAP) - President-elect Barack Obama and future first lady Michelle will be exchanging Snuggies with each other for Christmas this year, according to information provided by family members to CAP News. The "blanket with sleeves" marks the first of many gifts the two will be swapping in the public eye.
"Like much of America, both Barack and Michelle were enthralled by the Snuggie TV commercials and widespread advertising found on the Internet," family spokesperson Auma Obama told CAP News in an exclusive phone interview. "They felt it was not only the perfect gift for each other, but also the perfect gift for their new administration."
Obama said the oversized sleeves and the fact that it is machine washable are what sold Barack on the gift, but noted that the benefits of the Snuggie extend beyond personal warmth and comfort to represent "the warmth and comfort of all Americans, regardless of race, creed or social status."
"Listen, this gift allows Michelle and I to both help our ailing economy by putting money into it, while at the same time save money thanks to the buy one, get one free offer," Barack Obama told reporters during a news conference in Chicago. "And by keeping the thermostat a couple degrees cooler, we also remain sensitive to the energy crisis all Americans face."
President-elect Obama was well-known for being chilly on the floor of the Senate, oftentimes seen wrapped in a blanket or afghan as C-SPAN cameras panned the Senate Chamber during Congressional discussions and hearings. Political pundits say Obama's unwitting endorsement of the Snuggie could change the face of congressional discourse.
"One has to wonder how many votes or chances to speak Obama missed out on because his hands were stuck inside the blanket and he couldn't raise them in time," said CAP News political analyst Tom Brashcott. "The Snuggie really should be standard issue for Congressmen, especially during the winter months."
Critics charge that Barack's purchase of the Snuggie as a gift is a "cop-out" due in large part to getting a second one free. They note that no man has ever purchased a gift for his wife and received a second of that item free for himself without receiving no end of grief from his wife.
"I tell you what, Barack's gonna need that Snuggie when he's sleeping on the sofa outside the Lincoln Bedroom," said Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY). "What is he thinking? Get her some earrings, a nice brooch, a little white girl to carry her handbag, anything.
"Nothing says I love you like a backwards bathrobe, that's for sure," added McConnell.
Auma Obama said Barack does not plan to keep the free bonus book lights that come with the Snuggies, but instead will donate them to his "Book Lights For Barack" charity to help inner-city youths be able to read at night.
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