Sasha Obama Brings the Ugly Doll to the White House

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I love Ugly Dolls -- they're plushy and soft, sure, but they're also a nice antidote to the usual super-sweet kid stuffed toy. Because they're ugly, see! And I have boys, which means that we don't have a lot going on at my house in the "doll" category, other than the Uglys. And I'm not the only parent of boys who has fallen for the Ugly Dolls -- Donald McNeil wrote a piece for last spring's New York Times where he pointed out that "there is no doubt that there is something preternatural about the boy-Ugly bond."

Malia and Sasha Obama

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    Malia and Sasha's Excellent Adventure
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    US President-elect Barack Obama orders shave ice treats with his daughter Malia and Sasha during an afternoon outing in December 2008 in Hawai'i Kai, HI.

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    The girls kept it casual on their Hawaiian vacation, enjoying days at the beach with friends and shaved ice treats and a dolphin show with their dad.

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    Malia gives Barack Obama a big hug -- followed by one from Sasha -- at the Honolulu Zoo on December 30, 2008.

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    Sasha and Malia walk to school in Chicago after their father dropped them off in November 2008. Sasha takes gymnastics and tap classes while it's soccer, dance, drama and (by the looks of the case) flute for Malia.

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    The Obama family wave during a rally at the Ohio State House in Columbus, OH, two days prior to Barack's historic election to the White House.

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    The Obama clan leave a restaurant in Chicago in August 2008. We know where the President-elect stands on taxes and bailouts, but about comfort food vs cuisine?

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But now, thanks to First Kid Sasha Obama, the super hip Ugly Doll isn't just a boys' toy any more. On her first day of school at Sidwell Friends, seven-year-old Sasha was spotted with an Ugly Doll keychain hanging from her backpack. Specifically, Sasha was toting a Babo's Bird doll: "Babo can't stand birds! They always eat the crumbs his cookies leave behind! Well, too bad because one bird has taken a liking to Babo and now likes to call him mommy." I doubt that Sasha worried about whether her Babo was a boy toy or a girl toy, but it's kind of cool to see a girl with something other than a Hannah Montana accessory on her bag. Shakes things up a little.

As for the acualy Babo's Bird Ugly Doll, this thing is so ugly that it's ... well, it's cute. For boys and girls.
Ugly Doll Bebo's BIrd

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