Man Changes The Name Of His Gas Station To “Obama”

I wonder if the President gets a slice of the revenues for the celebrity endorsement.

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) — A gas station on Columbia’s North Main Street has been renamed and redecorated after President Obama.

Two gas stations sit at the corner of Columbia’s North Main Street and Prescott Road, the El Cheapo and another station with a new name — Obama.

“I see more people come in excited with the name,” said owner Sam Alhanik, who got the idea from a friend who created an Obama Gas Station in Michigan.

Alhanik has only owned this station for two months. Although born in Yemen, he says he supports America’s president. “It’s the first president of black people,” he said. “It’s our president. We like him.”

What’s ironic is that there’s a bit of free market competition going on at the Obama station, the sort of thing the President himself despises:

He says he’s seen a boom in business since changing the name, one that has sparked quite the competition with the station across the street. Before our interview, the price at the Obama station was $3.59 for a gallon of regular. The price at El Cheapo $3.54.

When we mentioned the difference during our interview, Alhanik’s cousin lowered the price to $3.53. Just seconds later, the price at the El Cheapo fell too.

“That’s the business,” said Alhanik. “I don’t want to lose everything. It’s a competition.”

This new Obama branding may be good for gas station business, but if I were the President I wouldn’t want to be advertised next to sky-high gas prices.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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