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Everyone Wants Their Obama Metro Card

DCist is reporting "insane lines" at Metro Center for those Obama SmarTrip cards. WTF? They don't even look that great. They look like something you'd buy in an Atlantic City gift shop.

Here's WMATA's sales pitch:

"A permanent, rechargeable Limited-Edition farecard to commemorate the Inauguration of Barack Obama. It works just like a regular SmarTrip® Card that can hold up to $300 in value to pay for fares on Metrorail and Metrobus and for parking fees at Metro-operated parking facilities. The card costs $10 and it comes with no value on the card. Value must be added to the card before use. Value can be added at any Metrorail station, at the farebox on any Metrobus and on all regional bus systems. Available for sale only while supplies last."

What's next? Limited-Edition Obama-themed jury-duty notices? Obama-themed parking tickets? Let's just name New York Avenue after Obama and call it a day.

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  • TomHandy

    I ordered mine from - I don't think it looks that bad, and I like having a nice memento that also comes in handy. Not sure what the big deal is - seems smart on Metro's part too - the Post Office and the US Mint seem to have known for a long time that special stamps or coins can be good to make some extra money.

  • mongoose1

    If you don't want to get the card, just buy a 2 dollar metro ticket, they replaced the pandas with a picture of Obama. If you're sending it to friends as a keepsake $2 beats $10 any day.

    Why would someone stay all the way in harrisburg? With 2 million heading here, the commute will be brutal.

  • http://nowebsite alonso arias b.

    I am interested in knowing how the President Obama is advancing in his program week after week, month after month. This way we can control his government. He said he wanted to be controlled since the very beginning. Now it is specially important when the U.S.A. is passing an epoch of economical difficulties. I am specially interested in knowing the subjects of : economy, health, housing, etc.