Obama isn’t the first president to get Garbage Pail Kids treatment

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

President Barack Obama has hit another milestone – getting a parody card in Garbage Pail Kids.

For decades, the humorous, gross-out cards have poked fun of events and people from pop culture, and no one is immune to the jokes – even the president.

Obama is depicted on sticker No. 96 the Brand New Series 2, showing a GPK character digging for gold, spoofing his “Hope” poster with the word “Pick” instead. The two Obama characters (there are always two in GPK with a and b) are titled “Booger Barack” and “Handy Hussein.” Hussein is Obama’s middle name.

This isn’t the first time a president has been caught in Garbage Pail Kids’ trap.

In 1985, Ronald Reagan was also lampooned by Garbage Pail Kids. “Rappin’ Ron” and “Ray Gun” appeared behind a podium that featured a “Resident of the United States” seal.

Upper Deck also had some fun with the president and presidential candidates with its 2008 predictor cards. The cards featured the likes of George Bush, Al Gore, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in baseball scenes.

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. David Johnson
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    I am sure these 2 cards will help with sales of GPK, as people try and find them. Looks like there is a sketch card version too:

  2. Matt
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Can someone explain why anyone would want to collect these? I just don’t understand

  3. chrisolds
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Matt. Generally speaking, I think they have appeal as social satire with a bit of subversive humor. A lot of older non-sports sets have a touch of this — though it was a lot more appealing decades ago. GPK have been heavily collected since their early years where they were seen as a bit controversial, too.

  4. Martin
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    He shoots hoops (poorly). He fills out March Madness brackets. He campaigns on Leno and Jimmy Fallon and by using profanity in Rolling Stone. He hangs out with celebrities. He talks about whether he or his wife has more “star power.” He’s the “Celebrity in Chief”. What a clown. I’m buying some Garbage Pail Kids.

  5. Tom Waldron
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    He was on vacation more than any other President he invaded a country that wasn’t involvd in 911.Didn’t get the Poplular vote in 2000.
    HE and his administation lied to the world (sould’ve been impeaced) oh yeah he blew up the economywith tax breaks for the rich. not Obama Georgie Bush . Obama by far the bettter President was there a Garbage PAIL of Bush??
    If not how about King George or Bushwaked Georgie I love humor and nobody is perfect but lets lighten up it’s Satire
    Leave the polititcal debate where it belongs on blogs.
    thanks I really wasn’t thinking about buying some but now I’m convinced I will.

  6. Martin
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    What does the popular vote have to do with anything? Know anything about the Constitution? What relevance does that have in anything? Then again, what should we expect when the disgraceful leader of this country is a Constitutional lawyer with about as much knowledge on the subject.

    As for lying to the world, how about Benghazi? That was a complete smoke and mirrors job orchestrated by a President who campaigned as someone who would be transparent and has been as opaque as any President in history. Lies to the people, lies to the media, proactively sends out a cover-up story, then obstructs justice so he can get re-elected, and also pusillanimously lets his Secretary of State fall on the grenade for him. What an embarrassment as a leader, even more embarrassing that the people support him. And yet what else does such a shallow, vapid, celebrity-focused culture deserve but the Celebrity in Chief? He’s the perfectly hollow candidate for a perfectly hollow country.

    I’m really liking the glossy look of these Garbage Pail Kids.

  7. Bill
    Posted March 25, 2014 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    Is he using his middle finger to dig these cards are great I love not being pc

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