Skip to comments.Anti-Obama sign in Uptown neighborhood draws controversy
Posted on 09/29/2011 10:03:11 AM PDT by montyspython
NEW ORLEANS -- There are several political signs attracting all kinds of attention in one Uptown neighborhood.
On Wednesday, crowds gathered at the corner of Calhoun and Coralie streets, looking at several signs depicting President Barack Obama as either a dunce, a puppet or a crying baby in a diaper.
"It disrespects the nation -- and President Barack Obama represents our nation," said Skip Alexander, as he looked at one of the signs. "He represents everybody, not some people."
Dozens of protesters came by the house in the 1500 block of Calhoun throughout the day, demanding the sign come down.
"He wouldn't do that to [President] Bush, I'm sure. It's just insulting. It's insulting," said C.C. Campbell-Rock. "He's going to have to take them down."
"This is nothing put pure racism," said Raymond Rock. "This is a disgrace."
The home is owned by Timothy Reily, who declined to be interviewed about the signs. Former Mayor Ray Nagin showed up at the house and went inside to speak with Reily. He emerged later and would not comment on what they discussed.
Some neighbors tell Eyewitness News that Reily has been putting the signs up for months. Some of the protesters learned about the signs through a local radio station on Wednesday morning.
"He can put up a sign if he wants to. It doesn't bother me," said Harold Gagnet, a neighbor.
"I think it's fine. It's on his property," said Katherine deMontluzin. "He can say whatever he wants."
The signs have created such a firestorm of controversy, though, that police came to the scene-- called in by City Council Member Susan Guidry. She represents the district where the home is located. Guidry said she was concerned about public safety and was trying to figure out if the sign was even legal. She also said she spoke to Reily, but didn't get far.
"We have to determine that there is a zoning law that prohibits perhaps the size of the sign, perhaps the way that it's erected, that it is leaning over onto public property," Guidry said. "Whatever we can use, we will, but of course, we do have to balance that with First Amendment rights."
Yet, the signs remain in place, fanning the flames of a free speech debate on both sides of the fence.
"With all due respect Mayor, get the f**k off my property."
There you have it folks, welcome to the future of America.
“He represents everybody, not some people.”
Not me, bubs!
"He represents everybody, not some people."Not me, bozo.
How quickly they forget the Bush billboards.
Yet, the signs remain in place, fanning the flames of a free speech debate on both sides of the fence.Actually, the free speech debate is only on one side of the fence.
The anti-free speech debate is on the other side of the fence.
An American hero, I salute him.
No he “represents SOME people, NOT everybody”.
“This is nothing put pure racism,” said Raymond Rock.
And the Award for Originality goes to...
I like this - dozens of protestors, yet a firestorm of controversy. Which is it?
Atheist “reasoning” predictably reaches its logical conclusion in every country where the State replaces God. Without God, those people are an unconstrained law unto themselves and a menace to everything.
“He represents everybody, not some people.”
I love the way he represents us religous folk clinging to our guns and being told to sit in the back of the bus. I feel so represented .....
Albania was the first Sovereign State to ever become officially Atheist, and we all know what a wonderful shit hole that place is. Atheism leads to communism which then ultimately leads to slavery.
I wonder if the ‘sign guy’ is a FReeper? ;-)
That would only be apropos, Freepers are ballsy enough to do it.
Does he? Barak Obama doesn't seem to like Americans who happen to be millionaires or billionaires. He doesn't seem to like American corporations that have non-union work forces or who make profits that offend his proletarian sensibililties.
If you have Obama's cross-hairs on your back or work for a "greedy capitalist organization" he doesn't want to be your president. He's just the tax assessor for the federal government.
Or better yet, just...
With all due respect Mayor get the f**k off my property."
So when Democrat Biggie Clark Clifford called President Reagan an "amiable dunce" he was "disrespecting the nation"?
Or was that different because it wasn't true?
Does anyone remember the Halloween display of some guys in California showing Sarah Palin hanging from a noose?
I don’t believe they took it down, even after people complained.
This is right across St. Charles Avenue from the Tulane and Loyola campuses. I used to park right by this corner when I was in night school. Big money neighborhood, even for the smaller houses that don’t front on the avenue. That councilwoman best mind what she says and does; this fellow might just have the means and ability to make her life miserable.
Good one, I would like to see their reaction to this little tidbit.
The signs in question:
“It disrespects the nation — and President Barack Obama represents our nation,” said Skip Alexander, as he looked at one of the signs. “He represents everybody, not some people.”
Sorry Skip, you lost me at disrespect.
There is always an Obama supporter ready to toss out the race card.