Do you really like President Barack Obama? Are you really, really excited that he won re-election? Has the "fiscal cliff" deal somehow left you with $7,500 burning a hole in your pocket? Then step right up to the official store of the 57th presidential inauguration.
Taking a page from the Obama campaign’s successful online store, the 2013 Presidential Inauguration Committee has launched an online site where Americans can pick up everything from $15 tube socks (“a fun and stylish way to commemorate the 57th Presidential Inauguration” the site says) to a set of silver and gold medallions with a $7,500 price tag (“comes with a certificate of authenticity and decorative display box,” the site says. Beware the inauthentic presidential inauguration medallions).
As was the case with the Obama campaign store, any purchase is actually a donation. That, in turn, requires affirming online that you’re an American citizen or “lawfully admitted permanent resident of the United States,” and that the cash is not coming from the coffers of a political action committee, or a federal lobbyist or “foreign agent.”