Anti-Obama Tailgate Message, Over the Limit? Part I

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

It's the latest sign of the times... growing frustration with the direction the U.S. government; some of those feeling oppressed, are now speaking out.

"Now we see. A lot of us have been asleep at the wheel; we weren't paying attention with Bush, they were spending exorbitantly,” said Carmen Reynolds, Retired Lt. Col, USAF. “This is a huge wake up call.”

Political sentiment is popping up everywhere across the nation; Iowa; Pennsylvania, Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado, Atlanta and even right here in our own back yard.

One group is exercising their First Amendment right by using a billboard on 23rd Street in Panama City to urge voters to “Fire Congress.”

The founder of the group says their intent is to keep the message alive. "We are about honest Congress, honest government,” said, Suzanne Scheefer. “We are not Republican, Democrat. It's not conservative, liberal, black, and white, it's American. That's all it is. And it is and it needs to stay that way."

After retiring from the U.S. Air Force, Reynolds says she’s become more involved with the current administration, and feels she must continue serving the nation.

“I spent 22 years fighting for my country, being assigned here, there everywhere. Twenty-four hours a day I was owned by the military to preserve people’s freedoms.” In recent years, Reynolds has become a political watchdog for the Fort Walton Beach Tea Party.

“I think a lot of people are having trouble sleeping at night like myself. I had an older gentleman tell me he is watching movies from the 50’s to bring back that feeling of safety and stability and euphoria when life was normal and we didn’t have to look over our shoulders and wonder if our representatives in Washington were busy doing bank deals to form a one world government. “

Pent up thoughts are being branded on billboards, bumper stickers, and the tailgate on one truck; It reads: “FU _ K Obama.” But some argue that rhetoric is crossing the line.

“I find it offensive,” said Gulf Coast Community College student, Kelly Harris. “I didn’t vote for Obama, but you should never disrespect the president like that.”

“I don’t think anybody ought to put something like that on their back bumper,” said Steve Russow, Tourist from South Carolina. “I mean everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but they don’t have to express it like that...”

“They can join everyone else with the bumper stickers that say ‘I don’t like Obama,” said Cheyenne Smith, student at Gulf Coast Community College. “But to put the ‘F-word for parents and kids to see is just disrespectful...”

On the other hand, others seem to have a different take…

“It doesn’t bother me that much, it takes a lot to offend me, first of all, I understand that not everyone agrees on every issue, so some people are going to be happy, some people aren’t,” said Gary Griffith, Panama City Beach Resident.

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  • by Jessica Location: Bayou George on May 5, 2010 at 04:24 PM
    The sad thing about this is, the general population that does hate this president, fails to realize the idiots that were previously in the white house are the ones that have messed this up. I do agree, everyone should have freedom of speech and no one deserves to have their property vandalized but instead of being bigots, do your research and change your attitude. He's our president, you should stand beside him. When Bush was sending us to hell in a hand-basket, you republicans were all for it!! get REAL
  • by Brian Location: Panama City on May 1, 2010 at 10:35 PM
    I think that the penalty to beating a liberal who defaced your bumper sticker should be a $10 fine...suspended sentence. :-)
  • by be Location: Panama City on May 1, 2010 at 06:09 AM
    I had a 'support our troops' yellow ribbon sticker on my auto. When I traveled north to the research triangle college community, some educated indiviual ripped my sticker in half. I had the 'support our troops' on my vehicle since 9/11.
  • by Jason Location: Lynn Haven on Apr 30, 2010 at 01:20 PM
    Gator, I agree with you on the fact that we should put anything we want....That is the beauty of our democracy, as the reporter states in the seoond part of the report, there are limits to freedom of speech when you get into political speech. **JEFF** under any law, Pornographic material is not protected under the first amendment. Nor is any type of maliciously engaging activity that would cause or provoke someone to acts of violence*** To be honest, the driver didn;t even spell out the whole word. I took a class in college and I remember a california case where a man walked into a california courtroom with a t-shirt that said "FU** the draft"(the f-word was spelled out tho) and he went to court for it, but in the end it was ruled unconstitutional. This man has some cajones and I give him a fist pump for this one. Rock on man!!
  • by Lowell Location: Niceville on Apr 30, 2010 at 11:50 AM
    I have bumper stickers on my vehicle and if you mess with it you will pay a price. I am tired of all these liberals that are for free speech as long as it is their free speech
  • by Marcus Location: Panama City on Apr 30, 2010 at 08:38 AM
    I was more afraid of putting something anti-Bush on my car because of this pro-Bush area. I would be more afraid of putting something pro-Obama on my car more than I would anti-Obama. But if you have something disrespectful of other people on your car, your asking for them to vandalize it because you're trying to upset people so don't be surprised when you do.
  • by jeff Location: panama city on Apr 30, 2010 at 08:08 AM
    The use of profanity on bumper stickers and vehicle placards only goes to show the immaturity of the owner. Whether I agree or disagree with the sentiment is irrelevant. No one, especially children, should be forced to be exposed to profanity or sexually explicit signage. I think those idiots should be charged with some kind of child abuse for exposing children to such things.
  • by gator Location: PC on Apr 30, 2010 at 07:09 AM
    I had 2 friends that had these type of bumperstickers on their cars, almost immediately after they put these on, their cars started being vandalized, people keying the car, new dents and dings. if this was anything other than a democrat it would be headlines on msnbc or cnn, we should be able to put whatever we want on out cars, minus cuss words, without fear of retaliation, you would be surprised the amount that hate this president, just fear saying anything.
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