Breaking: MichelleObama.com Expired! Currently In Auction At Go Daddy

Yes, you read it right, the first lady’s exact-match .COM expired and has been sent to auction at Go Daddy. The auction currently has 49 bidders and the bidding just exceeded $1,000 with less than 24-hours to go.

michelle-obama-dotcom

Now here’s the problem folks. Owning a domain name like this could get you into more trouble than it’s worth. Since Michelle Obama is inarguably a public figure it’s going to be hard to justify why you should have this name rather than her.

Given that the Obama campaign does own and operate BarackObama.com something tells me they aren’t going to be too happy when someone emails them trying to sell MichelleObama.com for some ridiculous price. This is one area of domain world that I stay far away from – I just don’t want to make money holding someone else’s name for ransom.

So here’s the question, what happens next? Will the auction go through or will Go Daddy pull the plug before the first lady’s name ends-up selling for $2,000 to some guy in Idaho?

{ 12 comments… add one }

  • todd February 22, 2014, 10:55 am

    This isn’t breaking news. Bannen posted this at Namepros on February 15.

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  • Aaron Strong February 22, 2014, 11:43 am

    Michelle Obama will easily win this UDRP…She is a public figure, but she is not in a position of public duty. Her husband’s domain would be free game as his policies would be in “public domain”…..That is one reason Ron Paul lost a UDRP…….Disclaimer, these are factual comments and not political….

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  • Morgan February 22, 2014, 11:55 am

    @Todd – thanks for letting me know, I haven’t been on forums for a long time so didn’t see that. Hat tip to Bannen for sharing on NamePros, still breaking news for most of my readers! πŸ™‚

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  • Mike February 22, 2014, 12:50 pm

    Hi Morgan!

    I saw that too acidentally on godaddy auctions, in deed there will be trouble for the new owner unless he or she (all hail for the women domainers out there) leaves it parked.
    There also might be new blog coming about Michelle by some fan, like in 2009.
    What ever the case, it will be interesting to follow the future development of this domain.

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  • Michael February 22, 2014, 1:23 pm

    Someone should email Michelle the breaking news! haha

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  • Michael February 22, 2014, 2:12 pm

    GoDaddy has a really bad counter, it just goes up by one every time you hit refresh. Totally fake number!

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  • kd February 23, 2014, 12:28 am

    I will stay away from this domain. I prefer republican domains. Republican domains are much more valuable anyway. πŸ˜‰ Not to mention the issues you might have with the secret service on this one…

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  • Tauseef February 23, 2014, 2:49 am

    It’s clearly a copyright violation. All famous people’s names are subject to protection.

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  • picas February 23, 2014, 8:41 pm

    a scammer can buy this name and use that to get thousands of thousands dollars from his scamming projects

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  • Mike February 23, 2014, 9:19 pm

    It went for $3550

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  • Igor Mironyuk February 26, 2014, 9:08 am

    Link on GoDaddy auction in your post go on page: We`re sorry, but the domain name you are looking for is no longer available through auction

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  • Richard February 27, 2014, 4:41 pm

    Easy solution that could work, probably wouldn’t though.
    Just buy yourself two lovely goldfish and name one Michelle and the other Obama and hey presto! you have a legitimate reason to own this domain. You then contact the Whitehouse and tell them one of your lovely goldfish has died so now you don’t need the domain and your willing to part with it for a reasonable sum.

    ha.

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