A friend living in Hamburg, Germany passes on this tasty item from national magazine DER SPIEGEL ONLINE, without comment:

TENDER JUICY, OBAMA FINGERS HIT THE SHELVES

Many sales executives have drawn the same conclusion: What better poster child for hope than US President Barack Obama? There are Obama dolls, Obama T-shirts, Obama soap-on-a-rope. There is even Obama thong underwear on offer.

Not wanting to miss the boat, a German food company has now gotten into the act. Sprehe, a company that has all manner of frozen delicacies on offer, has come up with a new product it calls "Obama Fingers." Far from being real digits, though, the "fingers" in question are "tender, juicy pieces of chicken breast, coated and fried," as the product packaging claims.

Fried chicken, in other words. With a curry dip.

I know that Obama is suddenly saleable, and am loth to go searching for ways to feel offended (black people do love some chicken)—but the decidedly un-PC European culture called Obama "Der Schvartze Kennedy" ("The Black Kennedy," via the unkosher "schvartze") rather than by his real name at times during last year's Democratic primary season. Now it's all about "Obama"? "Fingers"?

And, okay, the friend had some comment, namely: "I have to move back to America." I'll be at Ellis Island with the apple pie.

—DAYO OLOPADE

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