IKEA Wants the White House.
More specifically, it wants its couches and desks and bedroom sets and carpets and oblong dishware inside the White House. (See concept design for the Oval Office, which doesn't so much say "President" as it does "patriotic single mom with puppy and kindergartener.")
And by adopting the "Change" message that worked so well for Obama, it hopes you'll help achieve its goal. Witness and wince while it slathers Washington, DC's Union Station with bright yellow propaganda:
Through this week, IKEA's "Embrace Change '09" campaign will park its "fiscally responsible" version of the Oval Office in Union Station, where Joe Plumbers of all stripes can sit in the President's chair. Visitors will also be invited to sign a guestbook welcoming Obama and his family to the White House (where the book will eventually be delivered).
Next week, the website (linked above) will enable site visitors to design their own virtual Oval Office. Register for a chance to win furnishings; three runners-up will get IKEA gift cards valued at $1500. Hey, brother, that could buy you three EKTORP couches.