Italian Crafts Obama Nativity Figures

NAPLES, Italy (AP) - Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus and Barack Obama?
An Italian artist who crafts Nativity scenes is selling handmade
figures of the president-elect and his wife Michelle to go with
more traditional figures at the manger.

Last Christmas, during the U.S. presidential campaign, the same artist created a primary Nativity scene, modeling clay miniatures of Hillary Clinton, Rudolph Giuliani, John McCain, and Obama.

Focusing solely this year on the winner, he said the Obama figures are popular with customers at his shop in Naples, and he's receiving dozens of orders from Americans.

Some customers, however, believe modern politicians are out of place in a Nativity scene.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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