this is an AP story that just came out
insanity truly reigns from sea to shining sea....
LOS ANGELES (Dec. 14) - A President Bush doll that says ``We're working hard to put food on your family'' and ``I will not hold this nation hostile'' has turned into a huge hit for a small company.
The 12.5-inch-tall likeness, which features clips from Bush speeches and campaign stops, sold out a first shipment of 12,000 this week. A second shipment of the $29.99 doll won't arrive until after Christmas.
``We anticipated it being a very popular item but we just didn't think it was going to take off that quick,'' said Jim Wessling, co-founder of Irvine-based Talking Presidents.com Inc.
Most of the 17 sound clips are straightforward quotes about the war on terrorism and other topics - such as ``Terrorism against our nation will not stand'' - although the doll does utter some of Bush's malapropisms.
``There's nothing derogatory, everything is complimentary, there's nothing to make fun of him ... (but) the doll is a good representation of the president, there are two or three of his Bushisms,'' Wessling said.
It's unclear what Bush the president thinks of Bush the doll - the White House press office did not immediately return a call for comment.
Wessling and son-in-law John Warnock, the other co-founder, are ``staunch Republicans,'' Wessling said. Warnock came up with the idea partly out of admiration for Bush.
``Nobody had done what he considered the true action heroes, which would be George W. Bush,'' Wessling said.
A picture of the Bush doll appeared on the Drudge Report Web site last week, and the company got 600,000 Web hits in a single day and media calls from around the world. It took its phone number off the Web site and posted a message cautioning that no more dolls were immediately available.
The next group of 12,000 should ship from Hong Kong on Dec. 30 with a third shipment on its heels, but that won't satisfy disappointed Christmas shoppers.
The Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace ordered two cases but sold them out within days, said spokeswoman Arianna Barrios.
``It's so out of control,'' she said.
The fledgling company isn't planning to stop with Bush. A talking Ronald Reagan is in the works for the spring. After that, Wessling and Warnock plan to manufacture talking Richard Nixons, Bill Clintons, John F. Kennedys and George H.W. Bushes.