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Say goodbye to Malia and Sasha

February 04, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

The company that makes the popular Beanie Babies is retiring the names "Marvelous Malia" and "Sweet Sasha" from its Ty Girlz collection.

The dolls have been renamed "Marvelous Mariah" and "Sweet Sydney," chief executive Ty Warner of Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ty Inc. said in a statement.

The original names were inspired by what Warner called "this historic time in our nation's history," but he said the dolls were not intended to bear the likeness of President Obama's daughters.

The switch is in deference to the first family after Michelle Obama said using her daughters' names was inappropriate, Warner said.

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