Hope Totes

Every generation has a president who is so admired that his iconic mug is worthy of decorating everyday objects. Our parents and grandparents had Ike, Kennedy and Reagan. Now we have Barack Obama. This sturdy, eco-friendly tote, handmade in Vermont using recycled newspapers, is the perfect way to celebrate today’s historic inaugural of the 44th president of the United States. Decorated with images of Mr. Obama inside and out, it features a roomy interior, cell phone pocket and long, clear plastic handles. Like Mr. Obama himself, this bag is the perfect combo of strength and style—and it’s ready to take over the task at hand. Use it as a purse, knitting bag, or paperback tote, and draw approving smiles and nods wherever you go.

Flashbag Tote

Obama Graphic Print

Hope Totes

Every generation has a president who is so admired that his iconic mug is worthy of decorating everyday objects. Our parents and grandparents had Ike, Kennedy and Reagan. Now we have Barack Obama. This sturdy, eco-friendly tote, handmade in Vermont using recycled newspapers, is the perfect way to celebrate today’s historic inaugural of the 44th president of the United States. Decorated with images of Mr. Obama inside and out, it features a roomy interior, cell phone pocket and long, clear plastic handles. Like Mr. Obama himself, this bag is the perfect combo of strength and style—and it’s ready to take over the task at hand. Use it as a purse, knitting bag, or paperback tote, and draw approving smiles and nods wherever you go.
Social Enterprises

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 12:00 PM

    Hello! We are elated to have our Inaugural Obama Flashbag featured on Daily Grommet today. This is certainly a historic and hopeful day and we are proud to be a part of it in any small way. We are here to answer any questions you may have about our handmade products or our company. Carry a Flashbag and you "carry a conversation." We look

    forward to hearing what you have to say.

  • Barbara
    Barbara – Grommet Team
    1/20/2009 12:00 PM

    Happy Inauguration Day! Don't forget to enter to win one of Flashbag's Limited Edition Obama bags - for details, check out our Story section under the video. Comment by 8 p.m. ET for a chance to win 1 of 2 fabulous bags!

  • Paula S.
    Paula S.
    1/20/2009 12:03 PM

    I can hardly believe that this is happening in my lifetime. It was my pleasure to vote for Obama and I am ready for the changes to come.

  • Susan
    Susan
    1/20/2009 12:06 PM

    Wow typing this as Obama is about to be sworn in. What a day! And what a perfect giveaway

  • Tesa S.
    Tesa S.
    1/20/2009 12:08 PM

    Congrats to our new President.

  • Monica@Mommy Brain Reports
    [email protected] Brain Reports
    1/20/2009 12:10 PM

    Happy Inauguration Day!!!! This is a great day in history!

  • trudee carreiro
    trudee carreiro
    1/20/2009 12:10 PM

    Obama was just sworn in what a great day to be a united citizen. My oldest daughter is there with her school one of 4 so this is just a greater day for me she is only 13

  • DinahT
    DinahT
    1/20/2009 12:10 PM

    Extremely nice prize for this truly historic day!

  • Marilyn Wons
    Marilyn Wons
    1/20/2009 12:10 PM

    Well, the US now has a new President.

  • Janet F
    Janet F
    1/20/2009 12:11 PM

    It is a perfect choice on this perfect day!

  • Michelle
    Michelle
    1/20/2009 12:11 PM

    What a perfect giveaway on such a perfect day for America! Those flashbags are fantastic. Our new President really has his work cut out for him and there are so many out there still wishing he'll fail. Showing support for our President is especially important right now, so wearing tshirts, buttons, and carrying this styling bag are some great ways to show your support.

  • Monica@Mommy Brain Reports
    [email protected] Brain Reports
    1/20/2009 12:11 PM

    Oops.. the bags are AWESOME!!! My girls would love it too! I would be proud to carry either one!

  • Mary Scohera
    Mary Scohera
    1/20/2009 12:11 PM

    History is changing right this second. the time has come - and a long it has been

  • Jean F
    Jean F
    1/20/2009 12:12 PM

    The new president would be pleased that the bag is made of recycled materials.

  • Justine
    Justine
    1/20/2009 12:12 PM

    I'm very excited for today because to me this is one step closer to a woman achieving the same thing :D

  • Peter
    Peter
    1/20/2009 12:15 PM

    Welcome to the new President and his staff.

  • Carolyn
    Carolyn
    1/20/2009 12:20 PM

    These are the greatest bags I have ever seen!! I love them. Congrats to President Obama!!!!!

  • Anne Pichette
    Anne Pichette
    1/20/2009 12:24 PM

    What a great idea for a great day.

  • Sandy
    Sandy
    1/20/2009 12:24 PM

    Very nice..and welcome to the the new President. ..and new staff...lets get to work

  • Jean D.
    Jean D.
    1/20/2009 12:24 PM

    Thank you so much for offering this patriotic tote bag today. Today I feel the awe I felt at the first moon landing. (Yes, I am that old.)

    Yay for the wonderful bag!

  • Suanne Giddings
    Suanne Giddings
    1/20/2009 12:29 PM

    We are ready to lead once more! What a great day in American history!!! Thank you for honoring this new president by offering an eco-friendly prize. I'm your gal for this giveaway for sure - I would carry it with pride! Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway!

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 12:31 PM

    Hello Everyone and thank you for all your fantastic comments. I just finished watching his speech and am frankly speechless myself. What a day and what a man. I am happy to be alive and to be taking part in this day in any small way.

  • Joanne
    Joanne
    1/20/2009 12:33 PM

    Congratulations to America. We are awesome in our unity today.. God Bless our new President Obama.

    Thank you for choosing this grommet, it's a good one.

  • Tracy W
    Tracy W
    1/20/2009 12:34 PM

    This bag is a wonderful way to mark this historic day--and a reminder of all the hard and rewarding work still before us.

  • Juli W
    Juli W
    1/20/2009 12:45 PM

    Woo Hoo! What a day in history!

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 12:46 PM

    By the way....one of the bags was shown on national television this morning...someone in the crowd. The CNN cameras zoomed in on it. Wahoo!!! We are so proud and so thankful to be lucky enough to start a successful small business right here in this great country and to able to witness this day.

  • Tara
    Tara
    1/20/2009 12:49 PM

    What an amazing day in history! This is a great way to remember the day.

  • Auriette
    Auriette
    1/20/2009 12:51 PM

    I wish I could have been in Washington today for this historic inauguration, but thanks to the internet, I heard the speech while I was working. You have a real winner with this bag. This is a wonderful giveaway and the perfect day for it, too. I just visited your website, and I'm already thinking of what photos I have that would look great on a bag.

  • Karil Whetstone
    Karil Whetstone
    1/20/2009 12:55 PM

    Very Historic,Wish my parents had lived to see this historic moment of the first african american president.

  • Dolly C
    Dolly C
    1/20/2009 12:55 PM

    I would love to have a souvenier to remind me of this historic moment.

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 12:56 PM

    Michelle looks so gorgeous! Perhaps we'll need to make a Michelle bag too! We do have a bunch of different Obama designs and products available on our website. Check them out. One of them in Limited Edition and we're only making 2008. That's the one that showed up on CNN.

  • Michelle Henderson
    Michelle Henderson
    1/20/2009 1:03 PM

    What a great day and what a giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win! YES WE DID!

  • Heather
    Heather
    1/20/2009 1:05 PM

    Congrats to our new President!! That Obama Flashbag Tote is gorgeous! I would love to have it as a souvenir.

  • Pamela
    Pamela
    1/20/2009 1:10 PM

    In the 60's, I watched the riots on television and I cried. Today, I watched with pride and cried tears of joy. Congratulations, President Obama!!

  • Esther
    Esther
    1/20/2009 1:10 PM

    Yay! We are witnessing history right now and it feels so wonderful to welcome our new President! That bag is perfect for today! I love it!

  • samantha jo campen
    samantha jo campen
    1/20/2009 1:11 PM

    What a wonderful giveaway on such a historic day. I'd be honored to win an Obama bag.

  • Rachel Robertson
    Rachel Robertson
    1/20/2009 1:13 PM

    I just watched the inauguration and still have tears in my eyes. His speech was so eloquent and really touched my heart and soul. I really believe that he will help to bridge the gaps between all races, genders and ages. His daughters are so adorable and I love seeing the love between he and his wife. I feel so much hope now that our country will start to rebound and I give him and his deep confidence in all of us and our country all the credit. Thank you so much for this giveaway!

  • Stephanie Adkins
    Stephanie Adkins
    1/20/2009 1:14 PM

    I would love to win this for my 92 year old grandmother...she cried when Pres. Obama to the Presidental oath.

  • Rita M
    Rita M
    1/20/2009 1:15 PM

    A giveaway befitting a grand occasion... thank you!

  • Carol
    Carol
    1/20/2009 1:16 PM

    Beautiful giveaway for a memorable day.

  • Katherine
    Katherine
    1/20/2009 1:18 PM

    From Obama's speech...."In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the fainthearted -- for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things -- some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor -- who have carried us up the long, rugged path toward prosperity and freedom.



    With your sewing machines humming, thank you for following your vision, taking the risks, working hard and being a maker of things that make us happy.

  • Desmond
    Desmond
    1/20/2009 1:19 PM

    I've seen this bag in person and the quality is superb. Well worth the price.

  • Nancy
    Nancy
    1/20/2009 1:20 PM

    I have never witnessed a more momentous inauguration. Speaking as a history editor, the history is palpable! Thanks to the Daily Grommet for marking the occasion with an extra special Grommet!

  • Amy
    Amy
    1/20/2009 1:20 PM

    Congratulations to President Barack Obama! This is a wonderful moment in time! I would love to call the Obama Flashbag Tote my own! Its a very beautiful bag and would be a great keepsake.

  • Dollie
    Dollie
    1/20/2009 1:21 PM

    I would use this bag to hold personal memorabilia and clippings of Obama's first year in office. It is a perfect "treasure chest" that I can pass on to generations.

  • bebe
    bebe
    1/20/2009 1:21 PM

    what a historic day, great giveaway!

  • Roblyn Honeysucker
    Roblyn Honeysucker
    1/20/2009 1:22 PM

    Like that it's eco-friendly and USA-made.

  • Terri
    Terri
    1/20/2009 1:22 PM

    What a great day - what a great bag. Count me in please.

  • Marcia
    Marcia
    1/20/2009 1:22 PM

    What a great day for America--and what a beautiful commemorative bag--hope I win!

  • Jeff
    Jeff
    1/20/2009 1:23 PM

    I am so grateful for this new President, and for the intelligence and clarity of leadership he brings to our country at a time that will require hard work from each of us to right this ship and make this 'a more perfect union'. The phrase I wrote down from his address was his call for, "a willingness to find meaning in something greater than ourselves."

  • Kathy
    Kathy
    1/20/2009 1:26 PM

    Love the bags - Flashbags sounds like a great company too! Very exciting day for us all!

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 1:26 PM

    Laura and I and the Flashbags crew would like to thank you all for your beautiful comments. It feels very good to be making a product that makes people smile with American hands, and a true belief that we can make it work and make it work WELL right here. We are committed to our product, to our customers, and certainly to our new President and his vision. Count us in for all the hard work ahead. Let's GO!!!

  • Katrina
    Katrina
    1/20/2009 1:29 PM

    Perfect Grommet for a historic day!

  • Lee R.
    Lee R.
    1/20/2009 1:30 PM

    I couldn't have imagined that this would happen in my lifetime. For the record, I'm not that old but I had doubted Americans and our collective judgment. I won't do that again. 8-)

  • Steph
    Steph
    1/20/2009 1:30 PM

    The Inaugural Obama Flashbag is great. A fantastic item to remind us of a day like no other in history.

  • Donna
    Donna
    1/20/2009 1:30 PM

    as i presently watch this amazing, emotional event unfold on tv... i think this is a clever and quite fashionable bag!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    1/20/2009 1:31 PM

    Obama's speach has inspired me. It was one of the most eloquent and hopeful speaches that I have every heard. Let's dust ourselves off and do our part!

  • Carrie
    Carrie
    1/20/2009 1:36 PM

    What a great way to commemorate a pivotal day in our history!

  • jessica
    jessica
    1/20/2009 1:37 PM

    i cant wait to see what this president has in store for us. its the end of an error today!!!

  • Maureen
    Maureen
    1/20/2009 1:38 PM

    Wonderful idea. Something to treasure as we move into a new era.

  • SaLisa Saylors
    SaLisa Saylors
    1/20/2009 1:40 PM

    Love the Obama bag! Happy Inauguration Day everyone!

  • Tara Funair
    Tara Funair
    1/20/2009 1:45 PM

    What awonderful sight to be able to witness such a historic event! Love the bag too

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 1:46 PM

    It's a good thing that these bags are water resistant for all the happy tears being shed! Can't wait for the parade! After 100's and 100's of hours of sewing and some very tired hands, it is all worth every bit of work to be a part of this day. We are so thrilled that our little company has created something that people may someday consider a piece of history. That's cool. Thank you.

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    1/20/2009 1:48 PM

    Perfect giveaway today. Thank You for sharing.

    Happy Inauguration Day!

  • Terri P
    Terri P
    1/20/2009 1:49 PM

    What a great day and a great idea. Thanks for the contest!

  • Angela
    Angela
    1/20/2009 1:49 PM

    Multiple problems are still with us, but now we have hope!

  • sito
    sito
    1/20/2009 1:52 PM

    This is such a happy day for so many people for so many different reasons. I want to belived that YES, WE CAN!

  • Leslie
    Leslie
    1/20/2009 1:57 PM

    So excited for America's new future! A toast to President Obama!

  • Melissa D
    Melissa D
    1/20/2009 2:00 PM

    I am thrilled with all the festivities today! Here's to you, President Obama!

  • Mike
    Mike
    1/20/2009 2:01 PM

    These are GREAT bags! Flashbags is a wonderful company, founded and operated by two fantastic women right here in my hometown of Burlington, VT! Their bag is a fine commemorative for this hopeful, happy day.

  • Michelle
    Michelle
    1/20/2009 2:01 PM

    It was the best thing sense the invention of french toast i thought.

  • Beth
    Beth
    1/20/2009 2:02 PM

    I would be proud to carry that bag!!

  • leah
    leah
    1/20/2009 2:03 PM

    So proud of our country on this fine day.

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 2:05 PM

    Thanks Mike! You are the BEST!

    We've been very lucky to be able to grow our company with the growing enthusiasm for change in our country. We are also giving back as we grow and it has been part of our mission to do so from day one. One of out Flashbags helps build water pumps in Africa, and another helps women start businesses in war torn countries. Flashbags start conversations, and not about the weather!

  • Harry
    Harry
    1/20/2009 2:06 PM

    I thought Obama's words about changes in the direction of the USA -- plus his hope for reconciliation are the action and hope I am seeking. Great Grommet for the day!

  • DARLA KIDDER
    DARLA KIDDER
    1/20/2009 2:07 PM

    Who would have thought that i would see this happening in my lifetime .

  • Brian
    Brian
    1/20/2009 2:08 PM

    I think it is a great way to remember this day

  • Claudia Vitello
    Claudia Vitello
    1/20/2009 2:12 PM

    OH BOY

  • Laura G
    Laura G
    1/20/2009 2:16 PM

    What a great giveaway on this historic day!

  • Steph G.
    Steph G.
    1/20/2009 2:17 PM

    Hope is filling my heart. I am so thankful that my 1-year-old twins will grow up in this new era! :)

  • Mary
    Mary
    1/20/2009 2:23 PM

    Great gift on a great day.

  • MJ
    MJ
    1/20/2009 2:23 PM

    As a kindergarten teacher, it's been amazing to watch this years\'s class have an understanding that I've never seen before.

  • Candace
    Candace
    1/20/2009 2:26 PM

    This is one memorable day. I watched from home and cried several times.

  • nancy rosman
    nancy rosman
    1/20/2009 2:33 PM

    may we commit to each doing our part to support the work of our new President.

  • Pam Morse
    Pam Morse
    1/20/2009 2:38 PM

    What an amazing day! Whether democrat or republican, it doesn't matter today.

    Only the excitement of a better future with each of us doing our part.

  • Shannon
    Shannon
    1/20/2009 2:43 PM

    I think today may be the Grommet of all Grommets. Good day to be in the USA! (hoping for a whole lot more of these days)

  • Louise
    Louise
    1/20/2009 2:43 PM

    I'd love to have these bags to commemorate this wonderful day.

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 2:46 PM

    I think we should design a new bag with a collage of the words from his incredible speech. His prose inspires design, art, beauty, service, and community. What a day. Thanks for all the great comments. Your words are inspiring as well. Icing on the cake for us today at Flashbags.

  • Marcy
    Marcy
    1/20/2009 2:49 PM

    These are so special to be able to commemorate this incredible day!

  • Christina G.
    Christina G.
    1/20/2009 2:52 PM

    I think today's Grommet is really cool. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Stephanie L
    Stephanie L
    1/20/2009 3:07 PM

    This is a special bag that represents an incredible day in history. Congratulations to our new President.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    1/20/2009 3:08 PM

    Joanne just opened the box with the giveaway Obama bags. I see a lot of products and have to say the evening bag blew me away. The images on it look like the bag we are selling today--how fun would that be--to show up at a party with? But the inside compartments...wow! SO nicely done in clear vinyl with the perfect pockets formed and stitched for credit cards, cash, lipstick, comb. And a great chain link handle with funky hardware. WAY more functional than any evening bag I've every carried.

    And beyond that....we are eating up all the comments everyone is posting today. It's addictive to keep checking back to see what everyone is saying about today!

  • Tracy
    Tracy
    1/20/2009 3:24 PM

    I'm here late because I've been glued to my TV all day. Today's grommet is awesome. I just turned on my computer for some 'virtual air' hope I'm not too late.

  • Kathy H.
    Kathy H.
    1/20/2009 3:24 PM

    This will be a great collectible and a reminder of this historic day.

  • Yvonne Huff
    Yvonne Huff
    1/20/2009 3:29 PM

    Its a wonderful collectible. I think Obama has a enormous job ahead of him to get this country back in shape.

  • durberville
    durberville
    1/20/2009 3:31 PM

    What a fabulous bag! A unique remembrance of an historical day. Makes one very, very proud!

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 3:38 PM

    Thanks so much Joanne! I'm thrilled the giveaway bags arrived so quickly. That's fantastic and your kind words about our products are truly appreciated. Let the parade begin!

  • Chas Childress
    Chas Childress
    1/20/2009 3:39 PM

    Let us join in the inauguration by joining to continue as one nation. Everytime you use the bag it will be a reminder that your diversity is need to continue the growth of this nation.

  • Ana Hamilton
    Ana Hamilton
    1/20/2009 3:39 PM

    I believe that our new president Obama will bring the change this country has been needing for a long time. This beautiful collector's item will be something to treasure forever.

  • karin c.
    karin c.
    1/20/2009 3:45 PM

    I really like this bag, and the commemoration of today's inauguration of President Obama.

    How cool it has the images inside also.

  • Kenneth H
    Kenneth H
    1/20/2009 3:53 PM

    What a day!

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 3:53 PM

    Thanks Karin! All of our products have images on all sides. It's very fun to look in your bag and see something looking up at you. It will certainly be fun for all of us to remember this day for many reasons, but every time you look inside your Inaugural Flashbag, 1/20/09....there it will be. A BIG day.

  • Wendy Wallach
    Wendy Wallach
    1/20/2009 3:58 PM

    Obama is everywhere and on everything! Shows how much we are anticipating change in this country.

  • Tracie Armendariz
    Tracie Armendariz
    1/20/2009 4:00 PM

    I am thrilled and touched by today's events. I had to hug my daughter today and tell her today we are seeing history being made and hopefully a much brighter future for your generation. This is a fantastic giveaway for a fantastic day. Thank you.

  • billy
    billy
    1/20/2009 4:00 PM

    a great day for america!

  • Sue
    Sue
    1/20/2009 4:02 PM

    I have had tears in my eyes all day. I am glad that my kids will not remember a time when there had never been an African American president.

  • Christopher Kollerer
    Christopher Kollerer
    1/20/2009 4:10 PM

    My eyes are watering. I am watching President Obama walk the inaugural parade route, waving to the enthusiastic crowds as I write this comment. There is already a lot of memorabilia out there for our new, most-hope-inspiring president. But this is unique, special and proudly displayable anywhere. A treasure.

  • Helen
    Helen
    1/20/2009 4:13 PM

    Fantastic, I love it! It's been a wonderful day and I look forward to see how his administrations turns our country around.

  • patty
    patty
    1/20/2009 4:18 PM

    a wonderful commemoration

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 4:21 PM

    It is very cold outside but all these comments and this day are keeping me very warm. I have two little boys too and they proudly wore their Obama t-shirts to class today to a school that is incredibly diverse. What amazing change we have already seen and now we have the first leader in my lifetime that actually inspires. I am full of hope and truly appreciate all the kind words. We feel like we are are running the kind of company that will help in some small way to create and inspire the change we need......one Flashbag at a time!

  • Barbara McCrea
    Barbara McCrea
    1/20/2009 4:21 PM

    I am still very concerned about the economy, Obama himself says things are bad and will take quite a while to come back around, I am hoping for the best though!

  • cindy sue
    cindy sue
    1/20/2009 4:22 PM

    I would love one for a great memory

  • juicer girl
    juicer girl
    1/20/2009 4:38 PM

    A very historic day indeed. I'm proud of America.

  • Kerri Anne
    Kerri Anne
    1/20/2009 4:48 PM

    I can't stop smiling. There is so much to love about this day. PRESIDENT Obama, indeed.

  • Barbara
    Barbara – Grommet Team
    1/20/2009 5:07 PM

    Ali - love your idea for a new bag with words from his speech today! And for the Michelle Obama bag - she was glowing today (AND yellow is my favorite color). You've got something incredible here!

  • Karen Stewart
    Karen Stewart
    1/20/2009 5:10 PM

    What an amazing day in history!!! I hope and pray that President Obama can accomplish great things in the days ahead!!!!!

  • Rosie
    Rosie
    1/20/2009 5:12 PM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this bag! What an awesome way to show your support for change. I reckon that they will make a great collector's piece as well - maybe I should buy a few!

  • EdV
    EdV
    1/20/2009 5:15 PM

    great giveaway. Those totebags are sweet.

  • carol
    carol
    1/20/2009 5:24 PM

    What a great way to commemorate this historic day! I looked at the flashbagsonline.com site and saw the founders are two former teachers. Did they relaunch their careers after a career break by founding Flashbags together? I'm going to check!

  • Sara
    Sara
    1/20/2009 5:32 PM

    Great bag! Hope the country can come together--give up the name calling and work on the problems.

  • Karissa
    Karissa
    1/20/2009 5:44 PM

    what an event today! I am glad I was able to see it all happen! great bag too!

  • Jeane
    Jeane
    1/20/2009 5:53 PM

    What a day! I was very proud to watch President Obama become our President. I wish him well.

  • Emily
    Emily
    1/20/2009 5:55 PM

    @ Sue - really cool point: "I am glad that my kids will not remember a time when there had never been an African American president." Same here :)

  • Renee G
    Renee G
    1/20/2009 6:01 PM

    Truly a historic moment.

  • Janssen
    Janssen
    1/20/2009 6:07 PM

    Oh, what a cool item. And what a glorious day!

  • Karen
    Karen
    1/20/2009 6:18 PM

    What a wonderful Inauguration Ceremony. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Theresa Elliott
    Theresa Elliott
    1/20/2009 6:19 PM

    What a great way to celebrate the day! Thanks for the contest, hope I win one!

  • B. Johnson
    B. Johnson
    1/20/2009 6:21 PM

    An inspiring day...hope is still alive!! God Bless Barak Obama and his administration. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • gerald estep, Jr.
    gerald estep, Jr.
    1/20/2009 6:23 PM

    An inspiring day...hope is still alive!!

    Thanks for such a great giveaway, and god bless the USA

  • Denise
    Denise
    1/20/2009 6:24 PM

    What a neat way to celebrate such an historical event for this country.

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 6:26 PM

    He grew up in Hawaii and I lived there for 4 years. I taught art class in summer school at Punahou. My next door neighbor was on his basketball team. I somehow feel this great connection to him. What a wonderful thing to feel after so many years of a complete disconnect from our country and our leadership. I am guiding my 5th grader through an essay about him right now. No shortage of things to write about. So inspired!

  • joni chadwell
    joni chadwell
    1/20/2009 6:33 PM

    This is a piece of history it would be an honor to be included. I couldn't believe how many people were there. You have to give credit to the security officers

  • linda lansford
    linda lansford
    1/20/2009 6:53 PM

    This is a wonderful day for all Americans

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 6:58 PM

    My brother in law is a secret service agent. I don't know what he's doing today exactly, but I certainly appreciate it. It's an unbelievable job for them this time around and always. They work hard and I honor them.

  • Stephanie Jones
    Stephanie Jones
    1/20/2009 7:12 PM

    I feel so hopeful...USA..USA....USA!!

  • chris swan
    chris swan
    1/20/2009 7:13 PM

    Amazing day. God bless America!

  • Lynne Clark
    Lynne Clark
    1/20/2009 7:13 PM

    This is a great day for all.

  • Maria U.
    Maria U.
    1/20/2009 7:17 PM

    This would be an awesome bag to hand down to my grandchildren.

  • Paula Burkhart
    Paula Burkhart
    1/20/2009 7:18 PM

    Perfect choice for a more than perfect Inaugural Day! What a people! What a country! Let's get going, USA!

  • Judy Kerr
    Judy Kerr
    1/20/2009 7:20 PM

    I need this wonderful Obama bag to go with my Obama buttons and my Obama T-shirt!

  • Andrea
    Andrea
    1/20/2009 7:25 PM

    Perfect, Perfect, Perfect! Nothing better to celebrate such a day in history!

    Thanks for the contest

  • Susan C
    Susan C
    1/20/2009 7:45 PM

    Fantastic-I would proudly use this!

  • Kelly
    Kelly
    1/20/2009 7:47 PM

    I Caucused for Obama in Iowa. I was a county delegate for for Obama. He has said himself that he would not have won without Iowa. This day is something I have been waiting for, for a long time. It is every bit as good as I dreamed.

  • Becky D
    Becky D
    1/20/2009 7:52 PM

    I am so thrilled to have this day come. Obama gives me such a sense of hope and confidence for the future.

  • Bonnie Day
    Bonnie Day
    1/20/2009 7:53 PM

    I would be so proud to wear this bag everywhere to show my support for our 44th president

  • Pat S
    Pat S
    1/20/2009 8:02 PM

    I love the bag..new Prez is hot!

  • Jan Morse
    Jan Morse
    1/20/2009 8:07 PM

    Very, very nice bags!

  • Nora SP
    Nora SP
    1/20/2009 8:11 PM

    What a wonderful day in history.

  • Kristen
    Kristen
    1/20/2009 8:20 PM

    I am so excited about today - in with the O and out with the W. Then to get this grommet. Just love it!! You guys are so good at picking grommets that fit my mood. Thanks!!!

  • sara marcy
    sara marcy
    1/20/2009 8:24 PM

    my heart is full of such joy to have witnessed this day!! i am so excited for the future of this country!! i havent felt this way in a long time!!! congradulations MR president!!!!!

  • Cheryl
    Cheryl
    1/20/2009 8:33 PM

    What a wonderful day in America!

  • Pam
    Pam
    1/20/2009 8:56 PM

    I love the message of hope sent today.

  • Lynn
    Lynn
    1/20/2009 9:24 PM

    What a wonderful way to commemorate the day!

  • Jennier S.
    Jennier S.
    1/20/2009 9:30 PM

    What an incredible day for America! And this is just the beginning!

  • ky2here
    ky2here
    1/20/2009 9:33 PM

    Would love to own a piece of history. Thanks for the timely contest.

  • Barbara
    Barbara – Grommet Team
    1/20/2009 9:35 PM

    CONGRATS to our WINNERS! Our randomizer chose Justine and Patty's comments as the winners of today's very fun promotion. I'll send you each an email about what you've won and arrange shipment to you. FLASHBAGS - thank you for not only this great product, but also for this inspiring giveaway. I've been on such a high reading all the comments. Yes, indeed. We can.

  • Melissa C
    Melissa C
    1/20/2009 10:12 PM

    Today's Grommet rocks!

  • LINDA HOWARD
    LINDA HOWARD
    1/20/2009 10:17 PM

    I WOULD LOVE TO WIN; THANKS FOR THE CHANCE!

  • Rodney K
    Rodney K
    1/20/2009 10:38 PM

    This would be a cool gift thanks.

  • George Casson
    George Casson
    1/20/2009 10:43 PM

    Great idea and thanks alot.

  • Theresa Shafer
    Theresa Shafer
    1/20/2009 11:48 PM

    Oh my Gosh, you have a piece of History that you are willing to share??? How sweet are you. Thank you so much for giving all of us a chance to own this. Thank you and my the good fortune be returned to you.

    Ya for change.

  • Julie J.
    Julie J.
    1/21/2009 12:13 AM

    America is given renewed hope today, and took another step up the ladder of tolerance. While I'm not a democrat, I look forward to what our new President can accomplish in the next four years and I wish him good luck and good fortune.

  • Tina M.
    Tina M.
    1/21/2009 2:37 AM

    Today is a day I will never forget. I am inspired by the celebrations around the world!

    I know change doesn't happen overnight but I am filled with joy and enthusiasm for what Mr. Obama means to the US and the world!

  • jessica c
    jessica c
    1/21/2009 10:01 AM

    Our new president brings us all ope. these are like hope bage. A wounderful prize

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/21/2009 10:56 AM

    Thanks so much for the feature yesterday. We were glowing reading the comments all day, whether they were about our bags or just simply about the beauty of the day. This is a great site and we will be happily spreading the word about it. Thanks again and congratulations to the winners. Hope you love them.

  • Desmond
    Desmond
    1/21/2009 11:23 AM

    I'm thrilled to hear the bag was so well received and that you were able to get more stock. Joanne is amazing! Regarding Obama’s inauguration speech, I liked what one Boston Globe reader who voted for McCain said: “[The speech was] magnificent. It contained the optimism and commitment to America’s ideals last heard 28 years ago in Ronald Reagan’s first inauguration speech–a speech delivered in times of similar (actually worse) economic turmoil and world unrest…” It was a great speech. And it's great to see so many people so happy today!

  • Suzanne
    Suzanne
    1/21/2009 12:16 PM

    This day represents a very significant moment in time. I was happy to be able to witness it and I was elated that the school chose to share it with the children.

    May we be a much greater nation in many small and large ways!

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    6/9/2010 2:38 PM

    Wow. I just went on this company's website; and, guess what? You were right. They have expanded & have some really cool options to customize your OWN bag with your OWN photos and/or artwork (plus plenty of their designs to choose from. They have bags available in lots of sizes including a purse, checkbook case, placemats. I'm definitely going to put together some ideas for myself & gift items. :o)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/9/2010 2:56 PM

    @Lisa J-K - These ladies have a great concept and do great work! If you get anything done please stop back and let us know how it turned out, or even better send us pictures!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Flashbag Tote

Obama Graphic Print

Hope Totes

Every generation has a president who is so admired that his iconic mug is worthy of decorating everyday objects. Our parents and grandparents had Ike, Kennedy and Reagan. Now we have Barack Obama.

This sturdy, eco-friendly tote, handmade in Vermont using recycled newspapers, is the perfect way to celebrate today’s historic
inaugural of the 44th president of the United States. Decorated with images of Mr. Obama inside and out, it features a roomy interior, cell phone pocket and long, clear plastic handles. Like Mr. Obama himself, this bag is the perfect combo of strength and style—and it’s ready to take over the task at hand. Use it as a purse, knitting bag, or paperback tote, and draw approving smiles and nods wherever you go. Read More Read Less
No longer available

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 12:00 PM

    Hello! We are elated to have our Inaugural Obama Flashbag featured on Daily Grommet today. This is certainly a historic and hopeful day and we are proud to be a part of it in any small way. We are here to answer any questions you may have about our handmade products or our company. Carry a Flashbag and you "carry a conversation." We look

    forward to hearing what you have to say.

  • Barbara
    Barbara – Grommet Team
    1/20/2009 12:00 PM

    Happy Inauguration Day! Don't forget to enter to win one of Flashbag's Limited Edition Obama bags - for details, check out our Story section under the video. Comment by 8 p.m. ET for a chance to win 1 of 2 fabulous bags!

  • Paula S.
    Paula S.
    1/20/2009 12:03 PM

    I can hardly believe that this is happening in my lifetime. It was my pleasure to vote for Obama and I am ready for the changes to come.

  • Susan
    Susan
    1/20/2009 12:06 PM

    Wow typing this as Obama is about to be sworn in. What a day! And what a perfect giveaway

  • Tesa S.
    Tesa S.
    1/20/2009 12:08 PM

    Congrats to our new President.

  • Monica@Mommy Brain Reports
    [email protected] Brain Reports
    1/20/2009 12:10 PM

    Happy Inauguration Day!!!! This is a great day in history!

  • trudee carreiro
    trudee carreiro
    1/20/2009 12:10 PM

    Obama was just sworn in what a great day to be a united citizen. My oldest daughter is there with her school one of 4 so this is just a greater day for me she is only 13

  • DinahT
    DinahT
    1/20/2009 12:10 PM

    Extremely nice prize for this truly historic day!

  • Marilyn Wons
    Marilyn Wons
    1/20/2009 12:10 PM

    Well, the US now has a new President.

  • Janet F
    Janet F
    1/20/2009 12:11 PM

    It is a perfect choice on this perfect day!

  • Michelle
    Michelle
    1/20/2009 12:11 PM

    What a perfect giveaway on such a perfect day for America! Those flashbags are fantastic. Our new President really has his work cut out for him and there are so many out there still wishing he'll fail. Showing support for our President is especially important right now, so wearing tshirts, buttons, and carrying this styling bag are some great ways to show your support.

  • Monica@Mommy Brain Reports
    [email protected] Brain Reports
    1/20/2009 12:11 PM

    Oops.. the bags are AWESOME!!! My girls would love it too! I would be proud to carry either one!

  • Mary Scohera
    Mary Scohera
    1/20/2009 12:11 PM

    History is changing right this second. the time has come - and a long it has been

  • Jean F
    Jean F
    1/20/2009 12:12 PM

    The new president would be pleased that the bag is made of recycled materials.

  • Justine
    Justine
    1/20/2009 12:12 PM

    I'm very excited for today because to me this is one step closer to a woman achieving the same thing :D

  • Peter
    Peter
    1/20/2009 12:15 PM

    Welcome to the new President and his staff.

  • Carolyn
    Carolyn
    1/20/2009 12:20 PM

    These are the greatest bags I have ever seen!! I love them. Congrats to President Obama!!!!!

  • Anne Pichette
    Anne Pichette
    1/20/2009 12:24 PM

    What a great idea for a great day.

  • Sandy
    Sandy
    1/20/2009 12:24 PM

    Very nice..and welcome to the the new President. ..and new staff...lets get to work

  • Jean D.
    Jean D.
    1/20/2009 12:24 PM

    Thank you so much for offering this patriotic tote bag today. Today I feel the awe I felt at the first moon landing. (Yes, I am that old.)

    Yay for the wonderful bag!

  • Suanne Giddings
    Suanne Giddings
    1/20/2009 12:29 PM

    We are ready to lead once more! What a great day in American history!!! Thank you for honoring this new president by offering an eco-friendly prize. I'm your gal for this giveaway for sure - I would carry it with pride! Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway!

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 12:31 PM

    Hello Everyone and thank you for all your fantastic comments. I just finished watching his speech and am frankly speechless myself. What a day and what a man. I am happy to be alive and to be taking part in this day in any small way.

  • Joanne
    Joanne
    1/20/2009 12:33 PM

    Congratulations to America. We are awesome in our unity today.. God Bless our new President Obama.

    Thank you for choosing this grommet, it's a good one.

  • Tracy W
    Tracy W
    1/20/2009 12:34 PM

    This bag is a wonderful way to mark this historic day--and a reminder of all the hard and rewarding work still before us.

  • Juli W
    Juli W
    1/20/2009 12:45 PM

    Woo Hoo! What a day in history!

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 12:46 PM

    By the way....one of the bags was shown on national television this morning...someone in the crowd. The CNN cameras zoomed in on it. Wahoo!!! We are so proud and so thankful to be lucky enough to start a successful small business right here in this great country and to able to witness this day.

  • Tara
    Tara
    1/20/2009 12:49 PM

    What an amazing day in history! This is a great way to remember the day.

  • Auriette
    Auriette
    1/20/2009 12:51 PM

    I wish I could have been in Washington today for this historic inauguration, but thanks to the internet, I heard the speech while I was working. You have a real winner with this bag. This is a wonderful giveaway and the perfect day for it, too. I just visited your website, and I'm already thinking of what photos I have that would look great on a bag.

  • Karil Whetstone
    Karil Whetstone
    1/20/2009 12:55 PM

    Very Historic,Wish my parents had lived to see this historic moment of the first african american president.

  • Dolly C
    Dolly C
    1/20/2009 12:55 PM

    I would love to have a souvenier to remind me of this historic moment.

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 12:56 PM

    Michelle looks so gorgeous! Perhaps we'll need to make a Michelle bag too! We do have a bunch of different Obama designs and products available on our website. Check them out. One of them in Limited Edition and we're only making 2008. That's the one that showed up on CNN.

  • Michelle Henderson
    Michelle Henderson
    1/20/2009 1:03 PM

    What a great day and what a giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win! YES WE DID!

  • Heather
    Heather
    1/20/2009 1:05 PM

    Congrats to our new President!! That Obama Flashbag Tote is gorgeous! I would love to have it as a souvenir.

  • Pamela
    Pamela
    1/20/2009 1:10 PM

    In the 60's, I watched the riots on television and I cried. Today, I watched with pride and cried tears of joy. Congratulations, President Obama!!

  • Esther
    Esther
    1/20/2009 1:10 PM

    Yay! We are witnessing history right now and it feels so wonderful to welcome our new President! That bag is perfect for today! I love it!

  • samantha jo campen
    samantha jo campen
    1/20/2009 1:11 PM

    What a wonderful giveaway on such a historic day. I'd be honored to win an Obama bag.

  • Rachel Robertson
    Rachel Robertson
    1/20/2009 1:13 PM

    I just watched the inauguration and still have tears in my eyes. His speech was so eloquent and really touched my heart and soul. I really believe that he will help to bridge the gaps between all races, genders and ages. His daughters are so adorable and I love seeing the love between he and his wife. I feel so much hope now that our country will start to rebound and I give him and his deep confidence in all of us and our country all the credit. Thank you so much for this giveaway!

  • Stephanie Adkins
    Stephanie Adkins
    1/20/2009 1:14 PM

    I would love to win this for my 92 year old grandmother...she cried when Pres. Obama to the Presidental oath.

  • Rita M
    Rita M
    1/20/2009 1:15 PM

    A giveaway befitting a grand occasion... thank you!

  • Carol
    Carol
    1/20/2009 1:16 PM

    Beautiful giveaway for a memorable day.

  • Katherine
    Katherine
    1/20/2009 1:18 PM

    From Obama's speech...."In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the fainthearted -- for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things -- some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor -- who have carried us up the long, rugged path toward prosperity and freedom.



    With your sewing machines humming, thank you for following your vision, taking the risks, working hard and being a maker of things that make us happy.

  • Desmond
    Desmond
    1/20/2009 1:19 PM

    I've seen this bag in person and the quality is superb. Well worth the price.

  • Nancy
    Nancy
    1/20/2009 1:20 PM

    I have never witnessed a more momentous inauguration. Speaking as a history editor, the history is palpable! Thanks to the Daily Grommet for marking the occasion with an extra special Grommet!

  • Amy
    Amy
    1/20/2009 1:20 PM

    Congratulations to President Barack Obama! This is a wonderful moment in time! I would love to call the Obama Flashbag Tote my own! Its a very beautiful bag and would be a great keepsake.

  • Dollie
    Dollie
    1/20/2009 1:21 PM

    I would use this bag to hold personal memorabilia and clippings of Obama's first year in office. It is a perfect "treasure chest" that I can pass on to generations.

  • bebe
    bebe
    1/20/2009 1:21 PM

    what a historic day, great giveaway!

  • Roblyn Honeysucker
    Roblyn Honeysucker
    1/20/2009 1:22 PM

    Like that it's eco-friendly and USA-made.

  • Terri
    Terri
    1/20/2009 1:22 PM

    What a great day - what a great bag. Count me in please.

  • Marcia
    Marcia
    1/20/2009 1:22 PM

    What a great day for America--and what a beautiful commemorative bag--hope I win!

  • Jeff
    Jeff
    1/20/2009 1:23 PM

    I am so grateful for this new President, and for the intelligence and clarity of leadership he brings to our country at a time that will require hard work from each of us to right this ship and make this 'a more perfect union'. The phrase I wrote down from his address was his call for, "a willingness to find meaning in something greater than ourselves."

  • Kathy
    Kathy
    1/20/2009 1:26 PM

    Love the bags - Flashbags sounds like a great company too! Very exciting day for us all!

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 1:26 PM

    Laura and I and the Flashbags crew would like to thank you all for your beautiful comments. It feels very good to be making a product that makes people smile with American hands, and a true belief that we can make it work and make it work WELL right here. We are committed to our product, to our customers, and certainly to our new President and his vision. Count us in for all the hard work ahead. Let's GO!!!

  • Katrina
    Katrina
    1/20/2009 1:29 PM

    Perfect Grommet for a historic day!

  • Lee R.
    Lee R.
    1/20/2009 1:30 PM

    I couldn't have imagined that this would happen in my lifetime. For the record, I'm not that old but I had doubted Americans and our collective judgment. I won't do that again. 8-)

  • Steph
    Steph
    1/20/2009 1:30 PM

    The Inaugural Obama Flashbag is great. A fantastic item to remind us of a day like no other in history.

  • Donna
    Donna
    1/20/2009 1:30 PM

    as i presently watch this amazing, emotional event unfold on tv... i think this is a clever and quite fashionable bag!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    1/20/2009 1:31 PM

    Obama's speach has inspired me. It was one of the most eloquent and hopeful speaches that I have every heard. Let's dust ourselves off and do our part!

  • Carrie
    Carrie
    1/20/2009 1:36 PM

    What a great way to commemorate a pivotal day in our history!

  • jessica
    jessica
    1/20/2009 1:37 PM

    i cant wait to see what this president has in store for us. its the end of an error today!!!

  • Maureen
    Maureen
    1/20/2009 1:38 PM

    Wonderful idea. Something to treasure as we move into a new era.

  • SaLisa Saylors
    SaLisa Saylors
    1/20/2009 1:40 PM

    Love the Obama bag! Happy Inauguration Day everyone!

  • Tara Funair
    Tara Funair
    1/20/2009 1:45 PM

    What awonderful sight to be able to witness such a historic event! Love the bag too

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 1:46 PM

    It's a good thing that these bags are water resistant for all the happy tears being shed! Can't wait for the parade! After 100's and 100's of hours of sewing and some very tired hands, it is all worth every bit of work to be a part of this day. We are so thrilled that our little company has created something that people may someday consider a piece of history. That's cool. Thank you.

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    1/20/2009 1:48 PM

    Perfect giveaway today. Thank You for sharing.

    Happy Inauguration Day!

  • Terri P
    Terri P
    1/20/2009 1:49 PM

    What a great day and a great idea. Thanks for the contest!

  • Angela
    Angela
    1/20/2009 1:49 PM

    Multiple problems are still with us, but now we have hope!

  • sito
    sito
    1/20/2009 1:52 PM

    This is such a happy day for so many people for so many different reasons. I want to belived that YES, WE CAN!

  • Leslie
    Leslie
    1/20/2009 1:57 PM

    So excited for America's new future! A toast to President Obama!

  • Melissa D
    Melissa D
    1/20/2009 2:00 PM

    I am thrilled with all the festivities today! Here's to you, President Obama!

  • Mike
    Mike
    1/20/2009 2:01 PM

    These are GREAT bags! Flashbags is a wonderful company, founded and operated by two fantastic women right here in my hometown of Burlington, VT! Their bag is a fine commemorative for this hopeful, happy day.

  • Michelle
    Michelle
    1/20/2009 2:01 PM

    It was the best thing sense the invention of french toast i thought.

  • Beth
    Beth
    1/20/2009 2:02 PM

    I would be proud to carry that bag!!

  • leah
    leah
    1/20/2009 2:03 PM

    So proud of our country on this fine day.

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 2:05 PM

    Thanks Mike! You are the BEST!

    We've been very lucky to be able to grow our company with the growing enthusiasm for change in our country. We are also giving back as we grow and it has been part of our mission to do so from day one. One of out Flashbags helps build water pumps in Africa, and another helps women start businesses in war torn countries. Flashbags start conversations, and not about the weather!

  • Harry
    Harry
    1/20/2009 2:06 PM

    I thought Obama's words about changes in the direction of the USA -- plus his hope for reconciliation are the action and hope I am seeking. Great Grommet for the day!

  • DARLA KIDDER
    DARLA KIDDER
    1/20/2009 2:07 PM

    Who would have thought that i would see this happening in my lifetime .

  • Brian
    Brian
    1/20/2009 2:08 PM

    I think it is a great way to remember this day

  • Claudia Vitello
    Claudia Vitello
    1/20/2009 2:12 PM

    OH BOY

  • Laura G
    Laura G
    1/20/2009 2:16 PM

    What a great giveaway on this historic day!

  • Steph G.
    Steph G.
    1/20/2009 2:17 PM

    Hope is filling my heart. I am so thankful that my 1-year-old twins will grow up in this new era! :)

  • Mary
    Mary
    1/20/2009 2:23 PM

    Great gift on a great day.

  • MJ
    MJ
    1/20/2009 2:23 PM

    As a kindergarten teacher, it's been amazing to watch this years\'s class have an understanding that I've never seen before.

  • Candace
    Candace
    1/20/2009 2:26 PM

    This is one memorable day. I watched from home and cried several times.

  • nancy rosman
    nancy rosman
    1/20/2009 2:33 PM

    may we commit to each doing our part to support the work of our new President.

  • Pam Morse
    Pam Morse
    1/20/2009 2:38 PM

    What an amazing day! Whether democrat or republican, it doesn't matter today.

    Only the excitement of a better future with each of us doing our part.

  • Shannon
    Shannon
    1/20/2009 2:43 PM

    I think today may be the Grommet of all Grommets. Good day to be in the USA! (hoping for a whole lot more of these days)

  • Louise
    Louise
    1/20/2009 2:43 PM

    I'd love to have these bags to commemorate this wonderful day.

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 2:46 PM

    I think we should design a new bag with a collage of the words from his incredible speech. His prose inspires design, art, beauty, service, and community. What a day. Thanks for all the great comments. Your words are inspiring as well. Icing on the cake for us today at Flashbags.

  • Marcy
    Marcy
    1/20/2009 2:49 PM

    These are so special to be able to commemorate this incredible day!

  • Christina G.
    Christina G.
    1/20/2009 2:52 PM

    I think today's Grommet is really cool. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Stephanie L
    Stephanie L
    1/20/2009 3:07 PM

    This is a special bag that represents an incredible day in history. Congratulations to our new President.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    1/20/2009 3:08 PM

    Joanne just opened the box with the giveaway Obama bags. I see a lot of products and have to say the evening bag blew me away. The images on it look like the bag we are selling today--how fun would that be--to show up at a party with? But the inside compartments...wow! SO nicely done in clear vinyl with the perfect pockets formed and stitched for credit cards, cash, lipstick, comb. And a great chain link handle with funky hardware. WAY more functional than any evening bag I've every carried.

    And beyond that....we are eating up all the comments everyone is posting today. It's addictive to keep checking back to see what everyone is saying about today!

  • Tracy
    Tracy
    1/20/2009 3:24 PM

    I'm here late because I've been glued to my TV all day. Today's grommet is awesome. I just turned on my computer for some 'virtual air' hope I'm not too late.

  • Kathy H.
    Kathy H.
    1/20/2009 3:24 PM

    This will be a great collectible and a reminder of this historic day.

  • Yvonne Huff
    Yvonne Huff
    1/20/2009 3:29 PM

    Its a wonderful collectible. I think Obama has a enormous job ahead of him to get this country back in shape.

  • durberville
    durberville
    1/20/2009 3:31 PM

    What a fabulous bag! A unique remembrance of an historical day. Makes one very, very proud!

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 3:38 PM

    Thanks so much Joanne! I'm thrilled the giveaway bags arrived so quickly. That's fantastic and your kind words about our products are truly appreciated. Let the parade begin!

  • Chas Childress
    Chas Childress
    1/20/2009 3:39 PM

    Let us join in the inauguration by joining to continue as one nation. Everytime you use the bag it will be a reminder that your diversity is need to continue the growth of this nation.

  • Ana Hamilton
    Ana Hamilton
    1/20/2009 3:39 PM

    I believe that our new president Obama will bring the change this country has been needing for a long time. This beautiful collector's item will be something to treasure forever.

  • karin c.
    karin c.
    1/20/2009 3:45 PM

    I really like this bag, and the commemoration of today's inauguration of President Obama.

    How cool it has the images inside also.

  • Kenneth H
    Kenneth H
    1/20/2009 3:53 PM

    What a day!

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 3:53 PM

    Thanks Karin! All of our products have images on all sides. It's very fun to look in your bag and see something looking up at you. It will certainly be fun for all of us to remember this day for many reasons, but every time you look inside your Inaugural Flashbag, 1/20/09....there it will be. A BIG day.

  • Wendy Wallach
    Wendy Wallach
    1/20/2009 3:58 PM

    Obama is everywhere and on everything! Shows how much we are anticipating change in this country.

  • Tracie Armendariz
    Tracie Armendariz
    1/20/2009 4:00 PM

    I am thrilled and touched by today's events. I had to hug my daughter today and tell her today we are seeing history being made and hopefully a much brighter future for your generation. This is a fantastic giveaway for a fantastic day. Thank you.

  • billy
    billy
    1/20/2009 4:00 PM

    a great day for america!

  • Sue
    Sue
    1/20/2009 4:02 PM

    I have had tears in my eyes all day. I am glad that my kids will not remember a time when there had never been an African American president.

  • Christopher Kollerer
    Christopher Kollerer
    1/20/2009 4:10 PM

    My eyes are watering. I am watching President Obama walk the inaugural parade route, waving to the enthusiastic crowds as I write this comment. There is already a lot of memorabilia out there for our new, most-hope-inspiring president. But this is unique, special and proudly displayable anywhere. A treasure.

  • Helen
    Helen
    1/20/2009 4:13 PM

    Fantastic, I love it! It's been a wonderful day and I look forward to see how his administrations turns our country around.

  • patty
    patty
    1/20/2009 4:18 PM

    a wonderful commemoration

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 4:21 PM

    It is very cold outside but all these comments and this day are keeping me very warm. I have two little boys too and they proudly wore their Obama t-shirts to class today to a school that is incredibly diverse. What amazing change we have already seen and now we have the first leader in my lifetime that actually inspires. I am full of hope and truly appreciate all the kind words. We feel like we are are running the kind of company that will help in some small way to create and inspire the change we need......one Flashbag at a time!

  • Barbara McCrea
    Barbara McCrea
    1/20/2009 4:21 PM

    I am still very concerned about the economy, Obama himself says things are bad and will take quite a while to come back around, I am hoping for the best though!

  • cindy sue
    cindy sue
    1/20/2009 4:22 PM

    I would love one for a great memory

  • juicer girl
    juicer girl
    1/20/2009 4:38 PM

    A very historic day indeed. I'm proud of America.

  • Kerri Anne
    Kerri Anne
    1/20/2009 4:48 PM

    I can't stop smiling. There is so much to love about this day. PRESIDENT Obama, indeed.

  • Barbara
    Barbara – Grommet Team
    1/20/2009 5:07 PM

    Ali - love your idea for a new bag with words from his speech today! And for the Michelle Obama bag - she was glowing today (AND yellow is my favorite color). You've got something incredible here!

  • Karen Stewart
    Karen Stewart
    1/20/2009 5:10 PM

    What an amazing day in history!!! I hope and pray that President Obama can accomplish great things in the days ahead!!!!!

  • Rosie
    Rosie
    1/20/2009 5:12 PM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this bag! What an awesome way to show your support for change. I reckon that they will make a great collector's piece as well - maybe I should buy a few!

  • EdV
    EdV
    1/20/2009 5:15 PM

    great giveaway. Those totebags are sweet.

  • carol
    carol
    1/20/2009 5:24 PM

    What a great way to commemorate this historic day! I looked at the flashbagsonline.com site and saw the founders are two former teachers. Did they relaunch their careers after a career break by founding Flashbags together? I'm going to check!

  • Sara
    Sara
    1/20/2009 5:32 PM

    Great bag! Hope the country can come together--give up the name calling and work on the problems.

  • Karissa
    Karissa
    1/20/2009 5:44 PM

    what an event today! I am glad I was able to see it all happen! great bag too!

  • Jeane
    Jeane
    1/20/2009 5:53 PM

    What a day! I was very proud to watch President Obama become our President. I wish him well.

  • Emily
    Emily
    1/20/2009 5:55 PM

    @ Sue - really cool point: "I am glad that my kids will not remember a time when there had never been an African American president." Same here :)

  • Renee G
    Renee G
    1/20/2009 6:01 PM

    Truly a historic moment.

  • Janssen
    Janssen
    1/20/2009 6:07 PM

    Oh, what a cool item. And what a glorious day!

  • Karen
    Karen
    1/20/2009 6:18 PM

    What a wonderful Inauguration Ceremony. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Theresa Elliott
    Theresa Elliott
    1/20/2009 6:19 PM

    What a great way to celebrate the day! Thanks for the contest, hope I win one!

  • B. Johnson
    B. Johnson
    1/20/2009 6:21 PM

    An inspiring day...hope is still alive!! God Bless Barak Obama and his administration. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • gerald estep, Jr.
    gerald estep, Jr.
    1/20/2009 6:23 PM

    An inspiring day...hope is still alive!!

    Thanks for such a great giveaway, and god bless the USA

  • Denise
    Denise
    1/20/2009 6:24 PM

    What a neat way to celebrate such an historical event for this country.

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 6:26 PM

    He grew up in Hawaii and I lived there for 4 years. I taught art class in summer school at Punahou. My next door neighbor was on his basketball team. I somehow feel this great connection to him. What a wonderful thing to feel after so many years of a complete disconnect from our country and our leadership. I am guiding my 5th grader through an essay about him right now. No shortage of things to write about. So inspired!

  • joni chadwell
    joni chadwell
    1/20/2009 6:33 PM

    This is a piece of history it would be an honor to be included. I couldn't believe how many people were there. You have to give credit to the security officers

  • linda lansford
    linda lansford
    1/20/2009 6:53 PM

    This is a wonderful day for all Americans

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/20/2009 6:58 PM

    My brother in law is a secret service agent. I don't know what he's doing today exactly, but I certainly appreciate it. It's an unbelievable job for them this time around and always. They work hard and I honor them.

  • Stephanie Jones
    Stephanie Jones
    1/20/2009 7:12 PM

    I feel so hopeful...USA..USA....USA!!

  • chris swan
    chris swan
    1/20/2009 7:13 PM

    Amazing day. God bless America!

  • Lynne Clark
    Lynne Clark
    1/20/2009 7:13 PM

    This is a great day for all.

  • Maria U.
    Maria U.
    1/20/2009 7:17 PM

    This would be an awesome bag to hand down to my grandchildren.

  • Paula Burkhart
    Paula Burkhart
    1/20/2009 7:18 PM

    Perfect choice for a more than perfect Inaugural Day! What a people! What a country! Let's get going, USA!

  • Judy Kerr
    Judy Kerr
    1/20/2009 7:20 PM

    I need this wonderful Obama bag to go with my Obama buttons and my Obama T-shirt!

  • Andrea
    Andrea
    1/20/2009 7:25 PM

    Perfect, Perfect, Perfect! Nothing better to celebrate such a day in history!

    Thanks for the contest

  • Susan C
    Susan C
    1/20/2009 7:45 PM

    Fantastic-I would proudly use this!

  • Kelly
    Kelly
    1/20/2009 7:47 PM

    I Caucused for Obama in Iowa. I was a county delegate for for Obama. He has said himself that he would not have won without Iowa. This day is something I have been waiting for, for a long time. It is every bit as good as I dreamed.

  • Becky D
    Becky D
    1/20/2009 7:52 PM

    I am so thrilled to have this day come. Obama gives me such a sense of hope and confidence for the future.

  • Bonnie Day
    Bonnie Day
    1/20/2009 7:53 PM

    I would be so proud to wear this bag everywhere to show my support for our 44th president

  • Pat S
    Pat S
    1/20/2009 8:02 PM

    I love the bag..new Prez is hot!

  • Jan Morse
    Jan Morse
    1/20/2009 8:07 PM

    Very, very nice bags!

  • Nora SP
    Nora SP
    1/20/2009 8:11 PM

    What a wonderful day in history.

  • Kristen
    Kristen
    1/20/2009 8:20 PM

    I am so excited about today - in with the O and out with the W. Then to get this grommet. Just love it!! You guys are so good at picking grommets that fit my mood. Thanks!!!

  • sara marcy
    sara marcy
    1/20/2009 8:24 PM

    my heart is full of such joy to have witnessed this day!! i am so excited for the future of this country!! i havent felt this way in a long time!!! congradulations MR president!!!!!

  • Cheryl
    Cheryl
    1/20/2009 8:33 PM

    What a wonderful day in America!

  • Pam
    Pam
    1/20/2009 8:56 PM

    I love the message of hope sent today.

  • Lynn
    Lynn
    1/20/2009 9:24 PM

    What a wonderful way to commemorate the day!

  • Jennier S.
    Jennier S.
    1/20/2009 9:30 PM

    What an incredible day for America! And this is just the beginning!

  • ky2here
    ky2here
    1/20/2009 9:33 PM

    Would love to own a piece of history. Thanks for the timely contest.

  • Barbara
    Barbara – Grommet Team
    1/20/2009 9:35 PM

    CONGRATS to our WINNERS! Our randomizer chose Justine and Patty's comments as the winners of today's very fun promotion. I'll send you each an email about what you've won and arrange shipment to you. FLASHBAGS - thank you for not only this great product, but also for this inspiring giveaway. I've been on such a high reading all the comments. Yes, indeed. We can.

  • Melissa C
    Melissa C
    1/20/2009 10:12 PM

    Today's Grommet rocks!

  • LINDA HOWARD
    LINDA HOWARD
    1/20/2009 10:17 PM

    I WOULD LOVE TO WIN; THANKS FOR THE CHANCE!

  • Rodney K
    Rodney K
    1/20/2009 10:38 PM

    This would be a cool gift thanks.

  • George Casson
    George Casson
    1/20/2009 10:43 PM

    Great idea and thanks alot.

  • Theresa Shafer
    Theresa Shafer
    1/20/2009 11:48 PM

    Oh my Gosh, you have a piece of History that you are willing to share??? How sweet are you. Thank you so much for giving all of us a chance to own this. Thank you and my the good fortune be returned to you.

    Ya for change.

  • Julie J.
    Julie J.
    1/21/2009 12:13 AM

    America is given renewed hope today, and took another step up the ladder of tolerance. While I'm not a democrat, I look forward to what our new President can accomplish in the next four years and I wish him good luck and good fortune.

  • Tina M.
    Tina M.
    1/21/2009 2:37 AM

    Today is a day I will never forget. I am inspired by the celebrations around the world!

    I know change doesn't happen overnight but I am filled with joy and enthusiasm for what Mr. Obama means to the US and the world!

  • jessica c
    jessica c
    1/21/2009 10:01 AM

    Our new president brings us all ope. these are like hope bage. A wounderful prize

  • Ali
    Ali
    1/21/2009 10:56 AM

    Thanks so much for the feature yesterday. We were glowing reading the comments all day, whether they were about our bags or just simply about the beauty of the day. This is a great site and we will be happily spreading the word about it. Thanks again and congratulations to the winners. Hope you love them.

  • Desmond
    Desmond
    1/21/2009 11:23 AM

    I'm thrilled to hear the bag was so well received and that you were able to get more stock. Joanne is amazing! Regarding Obama’s inauguration speech, I liked what one Boston Globe reader who voted for McCain said: “[The speech was] magnificent. It contained the optimism and commitment to America’s ideals last heard 28 years ago in Ronald Reagan’s first inauguration speech–a speech delivered in times of similar (actually worse) economic turmoil and world unrest…” It was a great speech. And it's great to see so many people so happy today!

  • Suzanne
    Suzanne
    1/21/2009 12:16 PM

    This day represents a very significant moment in time. I was happy to be able to witness it and I was elated that the school chose to share it with the children.

    May we be a much greater nation in many small and large ways!

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    6/9/2010 2:38 PM

    Wow. I just went on this company's website; and, guess what? You were right. They have expanded & have some really cool options to customize your OWN bag with your OWN photos and/or artwork (plus plenty of their designs to choose from. They have bags available in lots of sizes including a purse, checkbook case, placemats. I'm definitely going to put together some ideas for myself & gift items. :o)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/9/2010 2:56 PM

    @Lisa J-K - These ladies have a great concept and do great work! If you get anything done please stop back and let us know how it turned out, or even better send us pictures!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.