gnome in chief
by Susan Carpenter
Republicans and Democrats disagree on almost everything these days,
but they've found at least some common ground in a 10-inch-tall
George W. Bush yard gnome
with oversized ears, spurred cowboy boots and a pointy red cap. Giving a thumbs-up
to viewers from the front and crossed fingers to those in back, the lawn ornament
could be read as mocking the president or promoting him, and its ambiguity has
both sides buying.
The majority of my customers [get] it as a gift for that hard-core Republican
or hard-core Democrat," says Sam Girton, creator of the ceramic doppelganger. "That
was my approach: It's humorous, no matter what side you're on."
In the week they've been available online (www.bushgnome.com), almost 500 of
the $29.95 ceramics have been sold.
Garden gnomes have long been associated with good luck. Whether the Bush gnome
will have any effect on November's election is anybody's guess — but the
Kerry team might do well to manufacture its own.