Malia and Sasha Dolls from Ty Inc.

The makers of the Beanie Baby Dolls have unveiled their latest:¬† Sweet Sasha and Marvelous Malia.¬† A couple of bronze-skinned dolls who the company insists are not inspired by Barack and Michelle's daughters, in name or resemblance.¬† However, every Sarah, Kendra and Bobby, too, will be directing their parents through wind, sand and rain to get their hands on these beauts.¬† Hey, I think it's a good thing for American children to have an opportunity to consume like anybody else.¬† I mean, it is the American way.¬† But this "pimping the Obamas" frenzy has gotten out of control.¬† From life-sized Obama sculptures to Michelle Obama dinner specials featuring poached pears [I didn't know she liked poached pear], the frenzy is reaching its nauseous level.¬† And although the Ty Company, owners of Beanie Babies and Sasha and Malia, claim the dolls are not inspired by the President's daughters, I beg to differ, and they may have to do some legal explaining‚ÄĒthe Obamas have a say in what images of themselves get the greenlight.

Keith Josef Adkins is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and social commentator.