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An Oklahoma man doesn't think he'll remove a mock-bloody gravestone for President Obama from his Halloween lawn exhibit despite an offended neighbor and online anger.
The uproar over Dwayne Dockens' Obama tombstone went public after Jamilla Phillips, a neighbor who moved to Edmond, Oklahoma, less than a year ago, complained to a local TV station, ABC News affiliate KOCO in Oklahoma City.
"Regardless of your political views, Democrat or Republican, he is the president of the United States," Phillips told ABC News, while declining to provide her political affiliation. "I just think it was disrespectful not just to me, but [Obama]."
The coverage of Phillips' complaint prompted a reaction from local Democrats.
"It's disrespectful and completely unpatriotic in a time of worldwide conflict," Dana Orwig, vice-chairwoman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, said in a prepared statement. "We need to stand behind our country and president. But it's also typical of the intolerant and the hypocrisy that we see so often."
Dockens told ABC News that he apologizes if anyone was upset, but that he now is less inclined to take down the front-lawn exhibit because Phillips did not confront him directly about it. He said he learned about the complaint when KOCO News asked to interview him.
"This could have been settled over an afternoon talk," Dockens said. "It's ridiculous what this has evolved into."
Dockens said he set out his tombstone decorations, featuring silly phrases such as "Ima Gonner," on his front lawn as he has for the past three years without receiving any complaints. The Obama stone features Obama's name with lines of painted blood dripping over it and a question mark where his birth date should be, referencing a past controversy surrounding the president's date and origin of birth.
originally posted by: tavi45
a reply to: guohua
Did Obama reject your advances or something? You are positively relentless. Keep up the counterproductive work. You're helping no one and contributing nothing.
originally posted by: Hefficide
I agree with the First Amendment wholeheartedly - but I wonder what the Secret Service will have to say about it. If I were to put a tombstone in my yard with, say my ex-wife's name on it I am fairly positive that I would risk being hauled in for terroristic threat or something similar.
It is a rational assumption to think that the same would apply to the POTUS.