First it was Obama money, now it’s Obama gas

And what a surprise, it’s not free!

Oddly enough, when I saw the headline, I thought it wasn’t a compliment. Guess again:

“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.”

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.”

El Cheapo across the street. Oh my.

And what do customers think?

One that’s great for frequent customers like Larry Nelson, who says his stops here more often because of the president’s picture. “I feel like it does support him by coming here,” said Nelson.

How many avoid it for the same reason?

I rather like the Obama gas station concept as folks can look up and see exactly why gas prices have risen dramatically. Hopenchange, gas station edition.

UPDATE: linked as a “Featured Blog” by Pundette. Thanks!


4 Responses

  1. OMG – that is too funny.

  2. This tribute to Obambi will look worse and worse as gas gets near $5 a gallon.

    You made the dress, idiot liberals. Now wear it.

    • Exactly. I can’t wait until the Obama gas station’s sign ticks up to $5 over the summer. If I lived in SC, I’d take daily pics.

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