Washington retailers are cashing in on Obamamania

Since Barack Obama won the race for the White House on Nov 4, related merchandise has been snapped up so quickly that memorabilia retailer Jim Warlick opened a second shop last month. He is also planning to open another five temporary stores in the weeks surrounding Mr Obama’s inauguration on Jan 20, an event that could draw several million people.

Mr Warlick is not alone. Mr Obama’s image has boosted merchandise sales for producers, suppliers and even inspired mom-and-pop shops to enter the world of politics for the first time. [...]

Muslims Cautioned About Expectations

Barack Obama, the US president elect, had a ready audience this week when he spoke of repairing the country’s image among Muslims and the international community – issues he trumpeted on the campaign trail that last month led him to victory. What exactly he will have to do to restore good relations depends on whom you ask. But all agree that actually fixing the ties will be an uphill battle. [...]