This year’s presidential election created a market for more than just John Kerry and George W. Bush yard signs and pins. This year, a fervor of anti-Bush sentiment swept the nation… and it’s stores.
“Before the election we had both Bush and Kerry merchandise,” said Matt Cochrane, departmenet manager for Urban Outfitters located on East Grand River.  Now after the election, our Bush stuff is definitely selling more.” The store’s political merchandise ranges from books to determine if one is a Democrat or Republican, to coasters featuring the president’s infamous errors of speech.
[bush]This is not the first time in American history that products representing the counterculture have been put on store shelves.  Throughout the 1960’s and the 1970’s, posters proclaimed “Make Love Not War” and depicted Adolf Hitler holding a Nixon mask.  This year’s election, however, seemed to have sparked extra outrage.
Tom Page, store manager of Beyond the Wall on East Grand River, said they had never carried any anti-president posters in the past until this year, when anti-Bush posters, such as one with  the president and his father in place of Jeff Daniels and Jim Carey in a “Dumb and Dumber” poster, sold well. “It’s been a range [of people buying these posters].  I wouldn’t say just students, because I’ve sold a few to family people,” Page said.
Although pre-law freshman Ben Couillard does not have much of a display of his anti-Bush feelings, he displays what he has proudly. “Bush is a liar,” he asserted.  “I hate him.” On his dorm door hangs a small picture of the president smoking marijuana, with leaves in the background.  The small picture proclaims: “Legalize the Bush”.
Couillard says he hasn’t gotten any reactions from people for displaying his anti-Bush sentiment, and despite Bush’s recent electoral victory, he doesn’t plan on taking it down any time soon.
In fact, Bush’s re-election has prompted others, like freshman Joe Egan, to start their own anti-Bush paraphernalia collections.  Feeling upset over the outcome of the election, Egan has gone online and ordered a sweatshirt reading “Fuck Bush.”
Although students like Egan and Couillard may plan to show the world their anti-Bush feelings throughout the president’s second term, someday he will be out of office.  What then will happen to the posters and sweatshirts, or even the “Bush/Cheney” bumper stickers?
Rather than packing them away in cedar chests with your grandparents’ “I Like Ike” buttons, consider a craftier approach: Decoupage the cover of your notebooks with your bumper stickers and posters.  When you can’t find a frisbee, see how far you can toss your pin across the yard.  Use your shirts and sweatshirts for a quilting project  – what newborn child wouldn’t feel safe and warm beneath a “Fuck Bush” quilt, made with loving care?

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