Doomsday countdown for Bush

KANSAS CITY - Some of the T-shirts bear only the date: 01.20.09. The others spell it out: Bush's Last Day.

But both, along with "Bush's Last Day" caps, mugs, bumper stickers, buttons and other collectibles are selling well this Christmas.

One of the most popular items is a clock that counts down the minutes - and yes, seconds - left in President George W. Bush's final term in office.

"We're close to selling a million pieces of assorted stuff," said Elliott Nachwalter, 56, of Arlington, Vermont, who started the business 18 months ago from the back of his fishing store.

Nachwalter's venture has grown from an online-only operation to distribution through more than 300 shops. Business has picked up substantially since the mid-term elections.

- REUTERS

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