When the artist, Michael Gentilucci, who makes various head planters with his wife, Alisa, told me that it was President Obama I remembered that Walgreens pulled the Chia Obama from store shelves after getting complaints. The Gentiluccis were unfamiliar with the story of the first attempt to bring the 44th president into the gardening world by Chicago native and Chia founder, Joseph Pedott. Michael said he understood why the Chia Obama was removed because it was “offensive.”
Gentilucci scoffed at my comparison of the Obama head planter to the Chia Obama, noting that this was a sculpture and not a caricature. The Obama head planter comes in Antique, Classic, Sedona and Old Stone colors and is designed for an outdoor garden. So far there have been no complaints about the Obama head planter and not even a hint that it is becoming a must-have item among cheeky conservatives. If you’d like to add an Obama head planter to your garden it will set you back $149.00 on the couple’s website.
I don’t feel so bad about not being able to correctly identify the Obama head planter. Alisa Gentilucci told me it was mistaken for George Washington at another garden show.