Obama Figurines Crafted For Nativity Scenes

Craftsmen in Naples, Italy, are selling figurines of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, for Nativity scenes. Apparently they're top sellers, along with the baby Jesus and the Wise Men. Nativity artisans in Naples have a history of using politicians for creative fodder, perhaps to reach out to more light-hearted buyers. Other Nativity figurines for sale: Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni.

Copyright © 2008 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And if you need any more proof that some Europeans see Barack Obama as right up there with the Wise Men, our last word comes from Naples. The city in southern Italy is known for craftsmen who make figurines for Christmas Nativity scenes. Today's word is religious icon.

This year craftsmen are selling figurines of the American president-elect and his wife, Michelle Obama. And apparently they are top sellers, along with the baby Jesus and the original Wise Men who came from the East. Naples' Nativity artisans have a history of using politicians for creative fodder, perhaps to reach out to more lighthearted buyers. You can also buy figurines of Italy's Prime Minister or French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni, to place in your Nativity scene.

And that's the business news on Morning Edition from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

Copyright © 2008 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.

Related NPR Stories

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Support comes from: