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Misspeaking Bush doll vows `to put food on your family'


A new President George W. Bush doll is talking tough on terrorism, and like the real president, it occasionally misspeaks, too.

"We're working hard to put food on your family," says the 31.75cm-tall likeness, which features clips from Bush speeches and campaign stops. "I will not hold this nation hostile."

The US$29.99 doll sold out a first shipment of 12,000 this week, and a second shipment won't arrive until after Christmas.

"We anticipated it being a very popular item but we just didn't think it was going to take off that quick," said Jim Wessling, co-founder of Irvine, California-based Talking Inc.

Most of the 17 sound clips are straightforward quotes about the war on terrorism and other topics -- such as "Terrorism against our nation will not stand" -- but the doll also offers some of Bush's malapropisms.

"There's nothing derogatory, everything is complimentary, there's nothing to make fun of him ... [but] the doll is a good representation of the president. There are two or three of his Bushisms," Wessling said.

It's unclear what Bush the president thinks of Bush the doll. The White House press office did not immediately return a call for comment.

"Nobody had done what he considered the true action heroes, which would be George W. Bush," Wessling said.

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