Kish received Orange Man as a gift from her long-time pal the Beagle Lover. Orange Man is a plump figure about the size of a large Idaho potato made of light, durable, ever-squishable foam. With his fierce expression, open mouth, orange skin, and shock of carefully coiffed blond hair, Orange Man is a pretty unflattering caricature of the current occupant of the Oval Office.
The Beagle Lover explained that Orange Man is intended to be a kind of stress-relief device. If you’re upset with the day’s news or an ill-advised tweet, you can squeeze, punch, or hurl Orange Man to work out the anger and frustration without causing any real damage, and Orange Man will always be ready for more. In that sense, Orange Man is designed to be a kind of “rage room” in miniature.
During my lifetime we’ve had some pretty unpopular Presidents, among certain segments of the population at least, but I don’t remember the creation and sale of mocking Nixon figures or Carter figures that were made to be thrown around. President Trump has to win the prize for generating the most tangible ways of expressing opposition — from bumper stickers to internet memes to figures like Orange Man. In fact, I wonder: how much of the current strength of the economy is attributable to the production of Orange Man and other anti-Trump items?