Take stock in Barack

Take stock in Barack

Artist Cassandra Cole made the rounds during the Democratic National Convention, selling posters, mugs and other gifts with copies of her unmistakable, farmer-hat-clad portrait of Barack Obama to celebrate his visit to Denver.

Now Cole is back with a more dignified -- dare we say more presidential -- image of the soon-to-be president, clad in a suit and tie rather than a denim shirt. Her earlier message, "Denver Takes Stock in Barack," has also been modified to "America Takes Stock in Barack," to commemorate Obama's inauguration tomorrow.

Cole sells posters for $20, but if you really want a piece of history, she's offering the original oil painting for the presidential sum of $23,999 at www.cassandracole.com. Her first piece, the Denver one, is selling for $21,000.

Cole plans to be in D.C. for the inauguration, on K Street under a banner titled "Posters and More." And she may have some success, considering that two million of Obama's closest friends will be on hand as well.

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