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.

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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.

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