Quantcast

Utah parade mocks Obama and Holder

HOMBRE 2012/07/11 01:21:48
Why news people not covering these stories of what true Americans think of Obama?
Freedom of speech.ain't it great?
I have a bad habit of seeing nothing
You!
Add Photos & Videos



Controversy stirs over presidential parade float












Share











  • Presidential parody float in Huntsville 4th of July parade
    Presidential parody float in Huntsville 4th of July parade

    HUNTSVILLE, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Controversy is brewing over a float that was featured in Huntsville's annual 4th of July parade.

    The float, created by Huntsville native Dave Clawson featured a man wearing a President Obama mask stepping out of a limo and dancing with girls and fake secret service agents. A sign on the side of the limo read "Huntsville welcomes the Obama Farewell Tour. Another sign on the back of the limo had the words, "'Ask about our assault gun plan. Call Eric Holder."

    The signs in particular drew criticism from people who posted comments on The Standard Examiner's website. One person who saw the signs as a threat to Obama stated, "The intent was disgusting and was not entertaining or funny. Our President and AG Holder should get an apology and so should decent citizens of the state of Utah."

    Despite the criticism, Huntsville residents say Clawson's parody floats are a tradition every 4th of July. In the past Clawson has roasted Presidents Bush and Clinton and celebrites such as Paris Hilton and Michael Jackson. "They choose a topic in the news and it's a joke. Everyone knows okay that was this year, what's next year going to be," says Huntsville resident Cheyenne Johnson.

    Clawson says the sign about the assault gun plan was in reference to the government's Fast and Furious scandal that was meant to stem the flow of firearms into Mexican drug cartels. Clawson adamantly says the sign was not meant as a threat to the president. "I was referring to a very current event called the Fast and Furious scandal and I think it's a travesty. People lost their lives and died."

    Huntsville's mayor Jim Truett has been receving messages and voicemails calling him a racist ever since the float appeared. Truett had no idea the float was going to be in the parade because he claims Clawson never officially registered for the float lineup. Truett made an official apology on Friday July 6. "I just want to say on behalf of the town council and the town of Huntsville, that viewpoint does not represent us at all."

    Some parade goers are defending the float, saying it was simply a way of exercising freedom of speech. "I saw it and thought it was hilarious. It upsets me that people think it's racist because it's a black president. We've been making fun of presidents since I don't know when," says Ogden resident Robert Steedley.

    "I just thought they were giving an opinion and there was no threat. They just wanted his presidency to end," says Obama supporter Tim Hansen.

    While Clawson does not want any negative attention shed on the town of Huntsville, he flat out says he will not apologize for sharing his opinion. "I will offer an apology to no one for it. There was nothing wrong with it. We were just expressing a little political humor and that's just fine. If you watch Saturday Night Live, you'll see much worse every time."

  • Add a comment above

    Top Opinion

    Sort By
    • Most Raves
    • Least Raves
    • Oldest
    • Newest
    Opinions

    • 4570GOVT 2012/07/25 23:44:22
      Why news people not covering these stories of what true Americans think of Ob...
      4570GOVT
      (Credit: CBS)

      Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation "Fast and Furious" to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales.
      PICTURES: ATF "Gunwalking" scandal timeline

      In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the "big fish." But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called "gunwalking," and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder scene of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.


      ATF officials didn't intend to publicly disclose their own role in letting Mexican cartels obtain the weapons, but emails show they discussed using the sales, including sales encouraged by ATF, to justify a new gun regulation called "Demand Letter 3". That would require some U.S. gun shops to report the sale of multiple rifles or "long guns." Demand Letter 3 was so named because it would be the third ATF program demanding gun dealers report tracing information.


      On July 14, 2010 after ATF headquarters in Washington D.C. received an update on Fast and Furious, ATF Field Ops Assistant Director Mark Chait emailed...












      &























































      (Credit: CBS)

      Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation "Fast and Furious" to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales.
      PICTURES: ATF "Gunwalking" scandal timeline

      In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the "big fish." But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called "gunwalking," and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder scene of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.


      ATF officials didn't intend to publicly disclose their own role in letting Mexican cartels obtain the weapons, but emails show they discussed using the sales, including sales encouraged by ATF, to justify a new gun regulation called "Demand Letter 3". That would require some U.S. gun shops to report the sale of multiple rifles or "long guns." Demand Letter 3 was so named because it would be the third ATF program demanding gun dealers report tracing information.


      On July 14, 2010 after ATF headquarters in Washington D.C. received an update on Fast and Furious, ATF Field Ops Assistant Director Mark Chait emailed Bill Newell, ATF's Phoenix Special Agent in Charge of Fast and Furious:


      "Bill - can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same (licensed gun dealer) and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks."

      More Fast and Furious coverage:
      Memos contradict Holder on Fast and Furious
      Agent: I was ordered to let guns "walk" into Mexico
      Gunwalking scandal uncovered at ATF

      On Jan. 4, 2011, as ATF prepared a press conference to announce arrests in Fast and Furious, Newell saw it as "(A)nother time to address Multiple Sale on Long Guns issue." And a day after the press conference, Chait emailed Newell: "Bill--well done yesterday... (I)n light of our request for Demand letter 3, this case could be a strong supporting factor if we can determine how many multiple sales of long guns occurred during the course of this case."


      This revelation angers gun rights advocates. Larry Keane, a spokesman for National Shooting Sports Foundation, a gun industry trade group, calls the discussion of Fast and Furious to argue for Demand Letter 3 "disappointing and ironic." Keane says it's "deeply troubling" if sales made by gun dealers "voluntarily cooperating with ATF's flawed 'Operation Fast & Furious' were going to be used by some individuals within ATF to justify imposing a multiple sales reporting requirement for rifles."



      The Gun Dealers' Quandary


      Several gun dealers who cooperated with ATF told CBS News and Congressional investigators they only went through with suspicious sales because ATF asked them to.


      Sometimes it was against the gun dealer's own best judgment.

      Read the email


      In April, 2010 a licensed gun dealer cooperating with ATF was increasingly concerned about selling so many guns. "We just want to make sure we are cooperating with ATF and that we are not viewed as selling to the bad guys," writes the gun dealer to ATF Phoenix officials, "(W)e were hoping to put together something like a letter of understanding to alleviate concerns of some type of recourse against us down the road for selling these items."


      Read the email

      ATF's group supervisor on Fast and Furious David Voth assures the gun dealer there's nothing to worry about. "We (ATF) are continually monitoring these suspects using a variety of investigative techniques which I cannot go into detail."


      Two months later, the same gun dealer grew more agitated.


      "I wanted to make sure that none of the firearms that were sold per our conversation with you and various ATF agents could or would ever end up south of the border or in the hands of the bad guys. I guess I am looking for a bit of reassurance that the guns are not getting south or in the wrong hands...I want to help ATF with its investigation but not at the risk of agents (sic) safety because I have some very close friends that are US Border Patrol agents in southern AZ as well as my concern for all the agents (sic) safety that protect our country."


      "It's like ATF created or added to the problem so they could be the solution to it and pat themselves on the back," says one law enforcement source familiar with the facts. "It's a circular way of thinking."


      The Justice Department and ATF declined to comment. ATF officials mentioned in this report did not respond to requests from CBS News to speak with them.


      The "Demand Letter 3" Debate


      The two sides in the gun debate have long clashed over whether gun dealers should have to report multiple rifle sales. On one side, ATF officials argue that a large number of semi-automatic, high-caliber rifles from the U.S. are being used by violent cartels in Mexico. They believe more reporting requirements would help ATF crack down. On the other side, gun rights advocates say that's unconstitutional, and would not make a difference in Mexican cartel crimes.


      Two earlier Demand Letters were initiated in 2000 and affected a relatively small number of gun shops. Demand Letter 3 was to be much more sweeping, affecting 8,500 firearms dealers in four southwest border states: Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. ATF chose those states because they "have a significant number of crime guns traced back to them from Mexico." The reporting requirements were to apply if a gun dealer sells two or more long guns to a single person within five business days, and only if the guns are semi-automatic, greater than .22 caliber and can be fitted with a detachable magazine.


      On April 25, 2011, ATF announced plans to implement Demand Letter 3. The National Shooting Sports Foundation is suing the ATF to stop the new rules. It calls the regulation an illegal attempt to enforce a law Congress never passed. ATF counters that it has reasonably targeted guns used most often to "commit violent crimes in Mexico, especially by drug gangs."


      Reaction


      Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, is investigating Fast and Furious, as well as the alleged use of the case to advance gun regulations. "There's plenty of evidence showing that this administration planned to use the tragedies of Fast and Furious as rationale to further their goals of a long gun reporting requirement. But, we've learned from our investigation that reporting multiple long gun sales would do nothing to stop the flow of firearms to known straw purchasers because many Federal Firearms Dealers are already voluntarily reporting suspicious transactions. It's pretty clear that the problem isn't lack of burdensome reporting requirements."


      On July 12, 2011, Sen. Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., wrote Attorney General Eric Holder, whose Justice Department oversees ATF. They asked Holder whether officials in his agency discussed how "Fast and Furious could be used to justify additional regulatory authorities." So far, they have not received a response. CBS News asked the Justice Department for comment and context on ATF emails about Fast and Furious and Demand Letter 3, but officials declined to speak with us.


      "In light of the evidence, the Justice Department's refusal to answer questions about the role Operation Fast and Furious was supposed to play in advancing new firearms regulations is simply unacceptable," Rep. Issa told CBS News.
      (more)
    • dominic garcia 2012/07/18 21:32:48
      Freedom of speech.ain't it great?
      dominic garcia
      The teaparty in Las Cruces New Mexico displayed a confederate flag during the 4th of July electrical parade and boy.... did that ruffle some feathers. The mayor had commented that he would be revising the rules for next years parade, because 99% of the people did not agree with what was done. The mayor is a democrat and he was lying, because most Americans believe in our rights of freedom of speech and expression. It is ok for a liberal to go around hurting people's feeling, but when conservatives offend someone, it becomes a gigantic ordeal, how ridiciulous is that!!!!! We need this to become national news, so the local mayor will learn about our rights as Americans! http://www.lcsun-news.com/las...
    • princess 2012/07/12 04:28:08
      Freedom of speech.ain't it great?
      princess
      LOVED it.
    • Dagon 2012/07/12 00:29:19 (edited)
    • Christian 2012/07/12 00:26:15
      Why news people not covering these stories of what true Americans think of Ob...
      Christian
      Its not right.
    • Cal 2012/07/11 21:55:49
      Why news people not covering these stories of what true Americans think of Ob...
      Cal
      +1
      Indeed? Why isn't MSM covering what America thinks?
    • TheTruth1313 2012/07/11 20:22:39
      Why news people not covering these stories of what true Americans think of Ob...
      TheTruth1313
      I guess the left biased media will be covering this up as well for the dictator in chief Obama.
    • D Hanes 2012/07/11 19:52:36
      Why news people not covering these stories of what true Americans think of Ob...
      D Hanes
      +1
      News People?? Ha! We have no legitimate News people in this country.. we just have Obama suck ups and one voice heard in the distance.. Fox.

      Good for Utah for mocking Obama and Holder.. they are traitors to this country!
    • Maria 2012/07/11 19:50:08
      Why news people not covering these stories of what true Americans think of Ob...
      Maria
      +2
      why Media refuse to show this to America...they should know better to balance it ...
      why do Media show Mitt Romney got booo from NAACP? sound like Media have their bias..NAACP have no manners to Booo at Mitt.
      well we all can booo to Obama then..
    • b man 2012/07/11 18:29:21
      Freedom of speech.ain't it great?
      b man
      +1
      I thought that was funny and the guy had 0bamas walk down!
    • ScottyG - Faqueue 2012/07/11 17:40:51
      Why news people not covering these stories of what true Americans think of Ob...
      ScottyG - Faqueue
      +2
      I saw it on The Factor last night.
    • FanOreilly 2012/07/11 17:37:22
      Freedom of speech.ain't it great?
      FanOreilly
      +6
      We should do the same in every town.
    • Sheila 2012/07/11 15:27:46 (edited)
      Why news people not covering these stories of what true Americans think of Ob...
      Sheila
      +4
      The funny thing is this is NOT the first parody float; and gee whiz would ya look, no one fussed at all when it was Bush being made fun of. Not even when it was Clinton....and heaven knows he kept track of slights. The thin skin of this administration is yet another indication of the narcisism that is running rampant in DC right now.

      Edited to add; apparently Louisiana has done the same and it didn't get noticed? yay us!!!

      http://obba-obamalog.blogspot...
    • Don 2012/07/11 14:37:05
      Freedom of speech.ain't it great?
      Don
      +4
      Some people have the ability to call it like it is.
    • Ozzyboy 2012/07/11 13:47:30
      Why news people not covering these stories of what true Americans think of Ob...
      Ozzyboy
      +4
      Freedom of speech is only free for some, just like the FBI will only investigate on behalf of 0. One poster says they are going to run a vile float in some parades in AZ. I'm sure it will be with the current administration's blessing and there will be no investigation since it is against Romney. Good thing I don't live in AZ, I'd probably have to do some investigating of my own. Scottsdale, etc.
    • Apache 2012/07/11 13:26:59
    • HOMBRE Apache 2012/07/11 13:44:58
      HOMBRE
      +5
      Hey friend how many of these events taken place not being covered. I had a friend post in Chicago there were large protest against Obama and no media coverage. You tell me?American are being kept in the dark to whats really going on in their own country. Scary YES. CORRECTION DAY COMING, YES
    • Apache HOMBRE 2012/07/11 16:55:45
    • Marie/M2M2K™-#1Conservative... 2012/07/11 13:12:11
    • HOMBRE Marie/M... 2012/07/11 13:41:37
      HOMBRE
      +5
      T.Y Marie I saw this and wondered why no news organization covered it. I wonder how many more of these are going on that we dont know about. I bet quite a few.
    • john Kills 2012/07/11 13:11:34
      Freedom of speech.ain't it great?
      john Kills
      +2
      We need more of it.
    • gogleer 2012/07/11 13:02:00
      Why news people not covering these stories of what true Americans think of Ob...
      gogleer
      +2
      The media will not tell the truth. The prejudiced, will claim racism everytime it is convinant, their idiology and their govt. assistance is threatened.
    • mac9 2012/07/11 13:00:50
      Why news people not covering these stories of what true Americans think of Ob...
      mac9
      +1
      FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!
    • Diane Spraggs Yates 2012/07/11 12:49:53 (edited)
      Why news people not covering these stories of what true Americans think of Ob...
      Diane Spraggs Yates
      +3
      Freedom of speech.ain't it great Yes it sure is Great !!!! Next question is Why news people not covering these stories of what true Americans think of Obama !! MEDIA is In bed with Obama !!!!!====some reasons I dislike him====“The despair is there; now it’s up to us to go in and rub raw the sores of discontent, galvanize them for radical social change

      becoming an agitator. The process involves playing one part of the group against another, the "divide and conquer" technique. Anyone who is not clearly in accord with the Obama's agenda is made to appear ridiculous, inarticulate, ignorant or dogmatic. The idea is to make these members of the group angry thus escalating tensions. The end object being to shut opposition voices out of the group.

      A page for Alinksy Rules for Radicals recognize Obama tactics here divide and conquer !!!!
    • Flamingolady 2012/07/11 12:45:16
      Why news people not covering these stories of what true Americans think of Ob...
      Flamingolady
      +3
      MM has the liberal mental disorder, and would never print this sort of story. I do love to hear this kind of stuff, though, thanks for the story, which I wouldn't have heard otherwise! Keep them coming. Obama Farewell tour float
    • tdterry1999 2012/07/11 12:28:34
      Freedom of speech.ain't it great?
      tdterry1999
      +2
      Funny.
    • Hawkeye 2012/07/11 11:42:57
      Freedom of speech.ain't it great?
      Hawkeye
      +4
      What's even MORE amusing then the float is the caterwhauling by the left over this after 8 years of it coming FROM them and directed at Bush..

      LEFT Wingers HATE it when their noses are rubbed in their OWN tactics..

      it JUST ain't fair..

      ROFLMAO..
    • The Birdman ~ PWCM~JLA 2012/07/11 10:09:01
      Freedom of speech.ain't it great?
      The Birdman ~ PWCM~JLA
      +6
      It's comedy!! It gets a pass right!! Hyopcrisy rubs the edge wrong when the corrupt-o-crats are the topic of the ridicule!! Too F*cking bad!
      obama parade float
      obama parade float
      obama parade float
      obama parade float
      obama parade float
      obama parade float
    • historian 2012/07/11 09:44:32
      Freedom of speech.ain't it great?
      historian
      +3
      Dragging out the tired accusation of racism and saying Obama and Eric Holder needs an apology. What about those affected by the gun smuggling, corruption, and death, and the fact that the parade people thought it was appropriate to make a joke of it?
    • ed 2012/07/11 08:25:20
      Why news people not covering these stories of what true Americans think of Ob...
      ed
      +5
      I liked the freedom of speech one to.As a matter of fact we should do this at least once in every state.
    • Christy 2012/07/11 06:13:50
      Freedom of speech.ain't it great?
      Christy
      +2
      People are free to be trashy and classless if they so choose.
    • Defend ... Christy 2012/07/11 08:32:27
      Defend Western Civlization
      +6
      You Represent the Elite Liberal progressive DNC
      your comments which Hates anybody who does not worship obama as a god
    • Mel the... Christy 2012/07/11 10:29:32
      Mel the Witch POTL PWCM~JLA
      +4
      You would know...
    • mac9 Christy 2012/07/11 13:02:44
      mac9
      +2
      You wish you would have thought of it!
    • Rabbit 2012/07/11 05:54:01
      Freedom of speech.ain't it great?
      Rabbit
      +10
      It's just good clean fun...that sends a very true message to all Liberals. "The reckoning is at hand"! Your treason is writen in the books, and you will have to atone for them soon.
    • American☆Atheist 2012/07/11 05:24:09
      I have a bad habit of seeing nothing
      American☆Atheist
      +2
      LOL @ Utah making fun of ppl.

      utah mormons
    • CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY 2012/07/11 04:55:19 (edited)
      Why news people not covering these stories of what true Americans think of Ob...
      CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY
      +9
      The Secret Service was called in by the local authorities. No one ever did that when the progressive communists were hanging President Bush and Governor Palin in effigy.

      Read today that 49% of IPhone users approve of the way BHO has been doing his job and plan on voting for him once again. It was pulled from the web after respondents indicated most of them didn't know anyone who was going to vote for BHO.

      The Pravda USA media will get much more schizo the closer we get to the election.
    • Hawkeye CUDDLY ... 2012/07/11 11:51:09
      Hawkeye
      +6
      Yiou now what's REALLY stupid about the post right above your's?? The Atheist's shows a picture of the LAST people in ALL of Utah who would get involved in something like this float..

      But he has NO problem going after Religious people even when he's way off base in doing so..

      But hey,, the IMPORTANT thing is that he THINKS he's being clever,, right??
    • CUDDLY ... Hawkeye 2012/07/11 18:10:48
      CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY
      +2
      I'm blocked by the pussy atheist.

      Atheists and homos and serial abortionists can all kiss my ass.
    • Hawkeye CUDDLY ... 2012/07/11 19:02:01
      Hawkeye
      +1
      Yeah.. Ha blocks everybody that has successfully pointed out where he's made a FOOL of himself..

    See Votes by State

    The map above displays the winning answer by region.

    News & Politics

    2014/10/01 00:17:08

    Hot Questions on SodaHead
    More Hot Questions

    More Community More Originals