BUENOS AIRES – Argentine President Cristina Fernandez presented “Cristinita,” a rag doll modeled in her image and likeness that is for sale at a museum attached to the presidential palace, the Casa Rosada.
“She’s missing the broom!” said presidential aide Carlos Zanini when he saw the doll, according to the president, who laughingly said that the official saw her “as a witch.”
Fernandez said there are also dolls of her late husband and predecessor, Nestor Kirchner, and of the chief executives of Uruguay, Jose Mujica, and of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez.
Throughout the event, which was basically organized to hand over ID documents to people who have undergone sex-change and to the children of same-sex marriages, the president held her doll, some 30 centimeters (1 foot) tall and dressed in black.
The Argentine head of state said that the dolls are for sale at the store in the Bicentennial Museum.
“The one of him with wings looks like something out of a dream,” Fernandez said about the doll of Kirchner, who died in October 2010.
The dolls are also for sale on the Internet at a price of 65 pesos ($14). EFE