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Obama joins a bite-size tradition

August 16, 2009|Times Wire Reports

President Obama put his stamp on a token gift treasured by travelers on Air Force One -- boxes of M&Ms.

Seven months after Obama took office, the small boxes bearing the signature of the 44th president were unveiled this weekend in the midst of his four-day, four-state trip through the West.

The boxes containing red, white and blue peanut M&Ms were handed out on the plane Saturday.

On one side: the presidential seal and Obama's John Hancock scrawled in gold. On the other: a yellow M&M marching with an American flag.

The bite-size candy has been a staple of the presidential 747 since at least the Reagan administration.

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