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Obama the new King Tut?

Condé Nast Traveler's Susan Hack spotted this t-shirt in a Cairo market ahead of Barack Obama's speech on Thursday. As she notes, it's at best a back-handed compliment given that Tutankhamun had a relatively short and uneveventful reign before dying (under mysterious circumstances) at the age of 19:

I wondered, could the Obama/Tut souvenirs contain a not-so-subtle warning to the American president? A warning that says, "You may be young and powerful, but you--or at least your honeymoon with the Islamic world--will be in big trouble if you fail to live up to your promises."

When I asked 25-year-old shopkeeper Hamada Hagar, proprietor of the Welcome souvenir shop, about the meaning of the T-shirt, he merely shrugged. "NBC ordered it," he said, referring to the American television network. "My sister works for them. CNN ordered ceramic plates with Obama's picture on it and 30 cartouches with 'Obama' written in hieroglyphics.

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Too bad the cars aren't also shrinking

Via Mike Allen, fun facts about General Motors:

GM has a $458 million market capitalization now - it was $59 BILLION nine years ago. GM will have 40,000 people building cars in America. It had 400,000 in the 1970s.

As Allen points out, if you're an American taxpayer, you're now the proud owner of this white elephant.