Anti-Obama Shirts Banned At Great Wall During First Lady’s Visit

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March 24, 2014 8:03am PST

We all know the Obama’s aren’t exactly fans of criticism, after all whenever the President gets challenged by anybody he develops a smug attitude as if he’s not supposed to be questioned. Well apparently when traveling abroad the same rules apply, and it was shown by what happened when Michelle visited the Great Wall in China.

The Weekly Standard has been covering the First Lady’s trip and has a reporter there following her entourage around. Daniel Halper has been writing about his experiences while in the communist nation and his latest report confirmed rumors that the sale of t-shirts that depict President Obama wearing the same hat that the infamous dictator Mao Tse-Tung wore during his reign was forbidden at the wall while Michelle and her daughters were there.

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Photos from 2009 that depict the “Oba Mao” t-shirts

“Authorities made sure, for a day, that Mutianyu [a section of the Great Wall] was visibly free of Obama-Mao t-shirts,” the article read.

Halper had went to investigate the claim while the First Lady strolled along the wall’s Mutianyu section with her two daughters. One of the views from the section of the wall they walked is a giant rock sculpture that says “Loyal to Chairman Mao,” which is more than likely the reason the shirts were made in the first place. Apparently Michelle’s mother, Marian Robinson, had stayed behind for the walk and waited at the bottom of the hill.

(Read More: Michelle Obama Bans Media Questions During China Trip)

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These file photos show the type of shirts that couldn’t be sold

It turns out that the claims were in fact true, and that the government had demanded merchants hide the shirts until the Obamas left.

However he was able to find one female merchant who brought him to the back of her tent and offered to sell him one. He said she wanted $60 for the shirt, which he said was outrageous.

While they were negotiating the shady deal other merchants came by and warned the woman that her actions could get her in trouble. Apparently the woman then became spooked, hiding her inventory and refusing the sale.

Authorities haven’t given a reason for forbidding the sales of the popular shirts that are normally seen in the area.

Oddly enough, Michelle gave a speech at China’s prestigious Peking University on Saturday having to do with this very topic. The 15-minute long speech was about the free flow of information and freedom of speech for everyone, something the Chinese government isn’t a fan of.

It’s notorious for censoring information that it deems offensive and doing what it can to silence the voices of those who dissent. Case in point is that the content of the First Lady’s speech never made it into the national media, but thanks to social media the Chinese people were able to find out about it.

Even more interesting is that Mrs. Obama had banned American journalists from traveling with her and her entourage, claiming the trip wasn’t political in nature even though it occurred on the taxpayer’s dime.

(Read More: Michelle Obama and Entourage Inconveniencing ‘Pretty Much Everyone’ In China)

More pictures from the First Lady’s Trip

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[H/T: Daily Mail]

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