Well, looks like Mom-in-Chief Michelle Obama has her protective mama bear work cut out for her. Beanie Babies Doll makers Ty, Inc. have recently released "Sweet Sasha" and "Marvelous Malia" dolls, presumably based on the first daughters. Adorable little things they are--both the girls and the dolls--but the latter isn't exactly making the first lady that happy.

 

Last week Michelle Obama's spokeswoman, Katie McCormick Lelyveld, explained how the first lady feels about new dolls which share her daughters' names. "We believe it is inappropriate to use young private citizens for marketing purposes," Lelyveld said in a statement.

On one hand, the idea of the dolls seems innocent enough, but on the other, when you really think about it, would you want your children's names and likenesses marketed to the world without your permission? Hmmm, that feels a little exploitive to me. Ty Inc. is now denying that the dolls are based on the Obama girls but, come on, really now?