Now that Barack Obama is getting ready to take over the Oval Office (and inherit a couple wars, an economic crisis and stewardship over various other pending catastrophes), it's time to analyze the political effects of the T-shirt. The humble garment has served as a messenger for decades and we've seen the slogans reach new pinnacles of punditry in this campaign. We don't know if continuing to wear these shirts will help the president elect, but we can't blame his boosters for trying.

Barack Obama Shirts

    US Democratic presidential candidate Illinois Senator Barack Obama holds up a Michigan State football jersey given to him during a rally on October 2, 2008 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA

    A supporter of US Democratic presidential candidate Illinois Senator Barack Obama listens during a rally at Bicentennial Park in Miami, Florida, October 21, 2008. Obama will leave the White House trail later this week to head to the side of his gravely ill 85-year-old grandmother in Hawaii, just 11 days before the election. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand

    A supporter of presidential candidate Barack Obama arrives to watch the televised final presidential debate between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain in Hollywood, California, on October 15, 2008. McCain accused surging Obama of waging "class warfare" as the Republican battled to revive his flagging White House hopes at their final debate. AFP PHOTO/Jewel SAMAD

    A supporter of US Democratic presidential candidate Illinois Senator Barack Obama shouts slogans during a rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 02 February 2008. Obama is on the campaign trail to try to clinch the Democratic Party ticket in the race to the White House. AFP PHOTO/EMMANUEL DUNAND

    A supporter of Democratic presidential candidate, US Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) waits on line to get into a campaign event September 8, 2008 at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. Obama is expected to speak about the economy at today's event. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images/AFP =FOR NEWSPAPERS,INTERNET,TELCOS AND TELEVISION USE ONLY=

    US Democratic presidential candidate Illinois Senator Barack Obama supporters attend as he speaks under rain during a rally with running mate Joe Biden at the University of Mary Washington during a rally in Fredericksburg, Virginia, September 27, 2008. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand

    Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate US Senator Barack Obama cheer during a town hall meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina August 19, 2008. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand

    A supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama arrives to watch the televised final presidential debate between Obama and Republican John McCain in Hollywood, California, on October 15, 2008. McCain accused surging Obama of waging "class warfare" as the Republican battled to revive his flagging White House hopes at their final debate. AFP PHOTO/Jewel SAMAD

    Delegate Preston Harden of Atlanta, Georgia, sports a Barack Obama shirt during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) at the Pepsi Center on August 27, 2008 in Denver. US Sen. Barack Obama will be officially nominated as the Democratic candidate for the November presidential election on August 28. AFP PHOTO/Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS AND TELEVISION USE ONLY

    US Democratic presidential candidate Illinois Senator Barack Obama supporters during a rally at Knology Park in Dunedin, Florida, September 24, 2008. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand