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Is This Offensive? Man Puts Obama Tombstone in Front Yard for Halloween

Dwayne Dockens doesn’t like Obama, especially when that “big deal” came up about Obama’s birth certificate a while back.

So he added his political views to his Halloween decorations by putting Obama’s name on a tombstone in front of his Oklahoma house.

The graveyard – including Obama’s name – have been around for three years, he said, and no one said a thing until now.

“[My family and I] made them a few years ago back when it was a big deal, questions up about [Obama’s] birth certificate,” Dockens told KOCO. “And we made all these ourselves so just thought it was kind of humorous and, you know, went ahead and put him in there as well.”

When a new neighbor moved in, though, she could not believe what she saw.

“I was absolutely offended,” Jamila Phillips said when she saw the Obama tombstone that reads, “Obama  ?-”

She also said that it is totally disrespectful to treat the President in this manner and mock him by putting his name on a faux grave marker.

“He is the president of the United States and it actually is about respect,” Phillips stressed. “It’s a total respect thing because this person is still alive.”

For his part, Dockens said he is proud of his decorations because he and his family did them together, and while he is sorry she is offended, they will stay put.

“I certainly didn’t mean to offend anybody or cause any problems. Don’t know that I would take it down,” he said, calling the decorations harmless.

The Obama tombstone, which is surrounded by others reading ‘RIP’, ‘Imma Gonner Now [sic]’ and ‘Dying to Get In’ are on his private property and he said they will stay there until Halloween.

Still, Phillips said that Dockens should take them down prior to trick-or-treating because they send the wrong message to kids.

Photo Credit: KOCO

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