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Mafia-style end for Australia's flawed Obama mugs
Rubbed out: Australia smashes mugs that misspelled Obama's name, buries them in concrete
By The Associated Press

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) ' Australian officials wanted to get rid of some commemorative mugs that misspelled President Barack Obama's name. And boy, did they ever.

A Parliament House official told senators on Monday that 198 mugs were smashed and buried under wet concrete at a loading dock behind the building. One senator called it a "mafia-style execution" for the mugs, which had an extra "r'' printed in Obama's first name.

The government made 200 of the mugs to commemorate the president's planned visit to Australia in 2010, which was later canceled.

Only two mugs were ever sold from the Parliament House gift shop, including one to the journalist who reported that the president's name had been misspelled.

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