Amid recent controversies over the unauthorized use of images of
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, the online
retailer Blue Q has quietly been selling the "Mighty Michelle" shopping
tote, which features an image of the first lady on a swing.
Blue Q told
Obama food-o-rama, which first reported on the tote, that it has become one of the company's best
sellers since it was introduced a few months ago.
While not officially approved by the White House, the bag is reusable, eco-friendly, and might be just right for a trip to a farmer's market. Mrs. Obama is a strong proponent of locally grown produce and farmers markets, and she's made healthy eating a cornerstone of her agenda.
A spokeswoman for the first lady's office declined to comment on the bag.
While it is not illegal to use an image of the president or the first lady in a commercial capacity, the White House discourages it, and usually requests that such images be taken down.
The Weatherproof Garment Company and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have both removed billboards in recent weeks with unauthorized images of the Obamas after the White House complained.
H/T: Obama food-o-rama