Offensive Parade Float Depicts Obama Presidential Library as Outhouse
A Fourth of July parade float depicting the Obama Presidential Library as an outhouse has caused some controversy in Norfolk, Nebraska.
The float, which was on the back of a blue pickup truck, shows a man dressed in overalls standing next to a walker outside of the outhouse.
Liz Guthrie, who took the photo which has since gone viral on social media sites, says people laughed and clapped as the float passed by.
The Nebraska Democratic Party wasn’t as amused, issuing a statement saying the float is one of the “worst shows of racism and disrespect for the office of the presidency that Nebraska has ever seen.”
Norfolk City Councilman Dick Pfeil also voiced his concern, saying, “The City of Norfolk doesn’t condone that.”
Rick Konopasek, a member of the parade committee, defended the float, saying, “We don’t feel it’s right to tell someone what they can and can’t express. This was political satire. If we start saying no to certain floats we might as well not have a parade at all.”
Local resident Glory Kathurima disagrees, saying, “This float is not just political. This was absolutely a racial statement.”
For whatever reason, putting the words Obama presidential library on outhouses is something that’s become “a thing” the last couple of years.
In Montana, a rancher posted Obama presidential library on the side of an outhouse and drove the thing around the state before parking it outside of the Montana Republican Convention.
Last year, an unidentified man built a sign over an outhouse saying Obama presidential library in New Mexico.