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Obama? Lakers? Nope, shuttle Endeavour posters are hot item

October 12, 2012 | 12:23 pm

PHOTOS: Endeavour rolls through the streets of L.A.

By mid-morning, Endeavour had already earned Mitch Warner the better part of $500.

The wiry 28-year-old with a wide smile and a booming voice walked up and down Sepulveda Boulevard hawking posters. His main product: a poster of the shuttle with a small picture of President Obama in the right hand corner.

It read: "Once in a lifetime, Shuttle on Shaw."

PHOTOS: Endeavour rolls through the streets of L.A.

At $5 to $10 a pop, Warner -- one of various people selling posters along the route -- said he sold about 50 Friday morning, as the shuttle made its ever-so-slow 12-mile crawl through Los Angeles, headed toward its final resting spot at the California Science Center in Exposition Park.

"Endeavour posters, Lakers posters, Obama posters," Warner yelled at a camera-touting crowd headed toward him.

They weren't interested in his product, but he kept trying.

TIMELINE: Endeavour's journey through L.A.

 "Obama and the family. Michelle Obama in her DNC dress," he screamed. They walked away and he laughed.

"Nope, they just want the shuttle," Warner said.

He barreled past two girls.

FULL COVERAGE: Endeavour's final journey to L.A.

After gulping some coffee, one woman turned to the other: "That guy's out here to make a dollar. Gotta respect the hustle."

By 11 a.m., Warner had moved to the Forum in Inglewood, hoping to attract a new crowd of customers as the shuttle moves by.

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Photo: Man selling space shuttle Endeavour posters. Credit: Michael Nelson/EPA