During an Independence Day parade in Norfolk, Nebraska, there was a float featuring an unattractive mannequin standing outside an outhouse with a sign that read “Obama Presidential Library.”
The creator of the float Dale Remmich is a military veteran, and he has stated that the mannequin wasn’t supposed to be Obama, but rather himself:
“It’s me. I’ve got on my bibs. Yes, I’ve got my walker. I’m turning green and some say I look like a zombie. But I am not a hate-monger, and I’m not a racist.”
He said he was disgusted by the VA’s treatment of vets and by the administration’s response to the Benghazi attack.
Regardless of his motives, it should not be a surprise to anyone that Democrats thought it was racist and disrespectful to the office of the presidency.
According to the Washington Times, the Nebraska Democratic Party called it one of the “worst shows of racism and disrespect for the office of the presidency that Nebraska has ever seen.” RT reported on other reactions to it:
The Lincoln Journal Star editorial board called the float “crude, disgusting, indecent and open to an interpretation that it was bigoted,” in an op-ed. “It had no business being in a parade celebrating our nation’s heritage.”
“I’m ashamed, I’m appalled,” Norfolk resident Glory Kathurima said to the Journal Star. “You see people laughing and pointing at it, smiling, looking positive about it. I immediately felt sick to my stomach…I knew what that meant, and I knew there was no sort of political statement being made by an image like that.”
Kathurima had moved to Nebraska from Kenya, but said that explaining the float to her young daughter proved difficult.
“My daughter keeps asking me, ‘Why?’ and I don’t have an answer for her,” she said. “We made this place our home, but right now it doesn’t feel like it. It’s shameful.”
On Thursday, Norfolk Mayor Sue Fuchtman met with a member of the DOJ’s Community Relations Service team, which gets involved in discrimination disputes, and four representatives of the NAACP. Members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, who organized the parade, were also in attendance.
Andrews was one of the NAACP members present at the meeting. “We wanted to make sure that the Odd Fellows and the Mayor were able to hear those concerns, and also look at what we can do to improve those perceptions,” she said to KTIV.
City Administrator Shane Weidner also attended. He said the meeting was a positive one that served more as a listening session for him
“We listened to their recommendations and realized that we have folks that are feeling underrepresented in our community,” Weidner told the Journal Star. “It was a wake-up call.”
The Odd Fellows has said it will consider adding more diversity to its committee, as well as reevaluate it policies for what is allowed in the parade going forward.
Fuchtman issued a statement on behalf of the city, stating, “We are disappointed that the occasion of this family-friendly celebration of America’s birth was used in a way that disparages the office of the president. As an open inclusive city, we have a responsibility to foster an environment of free exchange, but also one of civility, courtesy and decency.”
This act was so vile and racist that the Department of Justice has had to send members of its Community Relations Service team to the rescue. Can you even imagine this kind of reaction under Bush’s administration?
Writing for Nebraska’s York News-Times, Brian Bresnahan points out the idiocy and hypocrisy of the left’s phony outrage:
Go ahead and Google “Protest Threats to Bush” and you’ll find all kinds of vile threats to President Bush in the form of protest signs, “Wanted Dead or Alive” posters, effigies of President Bush being hung in a noose, even a guillotine parade float entitled the “Bush Whacker” with President Bush being beheaded, and many more from protests and parades in America during the Bush years.
Where was the left then? They were carrying the signs and driving the floats, that’s where.
Physically threatening President Bush was okay, but just mocking Obama is “racism?” Give America a collective break.
Where were they when the Atlanta Journal Constitution ran a cartoon of the “Bush Presidential Library” depicted as an outhouse in August of ’06? They were laughing right along with the rest of us, because it was humor.
Not only that, but do you know what kind of vile acts are supposedly protected by the 1st Amendment? Think Gay Pride parades.
And that poor child quoted by RT above who asked her mother why such a thing as this offensive parade float was allowed to be on display. Imagine your child asking you why such disgusting things as Gay Pride parades are allowed to happen out in public. If you dare say anything critical of Gay Pride parades, you’re a vile homophobic bigot, who’s guilty of hate crime and should be prosecuted as such.
The 1st Amendment supposedly protects the display of the most repulsive things you can imagine. But a live political cartoon that’s critical of Obama? Now that’s just going too far.