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  • PHOTOGRAPHS BY PRATIK SHAH/THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Who's that cool-looking dude in the sunglasses (top)? Political novelty money is displayed at Souvenir World in Northwest. The souvenir cash includes a bill of President Obama with sunglasses and one picturing former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The store also sells shirts with "anti" messages (left).

    Obama souvenir sales in tailspin

    Polls, focus groups and fundraising tallies have their place — but if you really want to take the electorate's pulse, go souvenir shopping. Money talks, and as the economy limps, our leaders snipe, and the rough beast of our divided government slouches toward next year's presidential election, the political memorabilia tills have a tale to tell: For the president, it's a scary one.

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