Controversial Anti-Obama Billboards Appear in Dixie

July 17, 2008 · Print This Article · Email This Post

Fear-Mongering Billboard in Orlando, FL Urging People Not to Vote for a Democrat

Anti-Obama and anti-Democratic billboards have been popping up in the South recently. The worst of them is a group of three fear-mongering eyesores in the greater Orlando, Florida area. The “brainchild” of painter Mike Meehan, the billboards show the crumbling World Trade Center ablaze on 9/11, with a backdrop including the American flag. The billboards read: “Please Don’t Vote for a Democrat.” Not coincidentally, the billboards hawk a Meehan-penned patriotism-for-profit ditty, “The Republican Song,” which is available for purchase on his website.

Mike Meehan in His Patriotic Garb, with Obligatory Old Pickup TruckAccording to Tampa Bay Online, a spokesman for the Florida Democratic Party in Tallahassee named Eric Jotkoff, said today: “The fact that the Republican Party and their allies are using the national tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001 for partisan political gain is shameful. . .The Republican leadership should stop playing politics with the death of nearly 3,000 Americans and join us in calling for the billboards to come down.” Katie Gordon, a spokeswoman for the Republican Party of Florida, supports the St. Cloud painter’s right to free speech, but said that the GOP had nothing to do with putting up the billboards. “I would hope that people driving by the billboards would not automatically assume the Republican Party was behind it. We are certainly not,” she said. She pointed out that the billboards do highlight national security issues.

Among those offended by the billboards is Orange County Democrats Chairman Bill Robinson, who told “It’s an affront to the people who perished on September 11th. . .It’s offensive. It’s using the tragedy for political and personal gain.”

Pudgy Painter Mike Meehan Does Toby Keith ProudPart of the reason for the painter’s confusion can be attributed to watching Faux News. On his website, Meehan writes: “For the love of my country, I later became interested in its direction. especially after 911. I became interested in news and wanting answers for a lot that wasn’t being told on the normal Liberal TV News stations. I started listening to talk radio stations and started reading a few books about politics, though I still appreciated the information from Fox New [sic] Network. It didn’t take too long after, I realized the danger of liberalism, and where it’s taking us today. . .Realizing the big election was coming up, I found it important to get the message out.” Meehan says he hopes “to help people make the decision to vote ‘Republican’ for the Presidential election and all elections in the future.”

A sampling of the pudgy painter’s lyrics includes:

“Now we’re trying to win a war and wipe out the terrorists,
We’re not fighting for oil we got plenty if we drill it.
But the liberals and the media are spreading their lies,
Get the hell out of our way and let our soldiers fight.”

Meehan says he’s just exercising his right to free speech, but doesn’t want to disclose any profits he’s made from the song. He says the billboards will remain in place until the November election is over — an election he won’t be voting in, since the Ontario native is a Canadian citizen. Waaay too many paint fumes, dude.

State Farm Agent Bud Gregg's Nobama Billboard in Mandeville, Louisiana

State Farm Insurance agent Bud Gregg’s anti-Obama billboard in Mandeville, Louisiana had a shorter lifespan. It said: “A taxpayer voting for Barack Obama is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.” State Farm told Gregg to take it down. Knowing which side his bread is buttered on, he did.

Update: Pinocchio A “concerned citizen” advised us that Gregg took the sign down before State Farm came calling. Uh-huh.

National Black Republican Association Anti-Obama Billboard in Orangeburg, South Carolina

Perhaps the most desperate overreaching has come from the National Black Republican Association, headquartered in a Sarasota, FL apartment. Their billboard at exit 145 of I-26 in Orangeburg, South Carolina, reads: “Martin Luther King Jr. Was a REPUBLICAN”; seven similar billboards litter the Florida landscape. The King Center asked the NBRA’s chair, Frances Rice, 64, to take down the billboards, but she refused. In a prepared statement, Martin Luther King III said: “It is disingenuous to imply that my father was a Republican. He never endorsed any presidential candidate, and there is certainly no evidence that he ever even voted for a Republican. It is even more outrageous to suggest that he would support the Republican Party of today, which has spent so much time and effort trying to suppress African American votes in Florida and many other states.”


Florida’s Republican Party declined to discuss the matter, while Rep. Jennifer Carroll of Jacksonville, the state’s only black Republican lawmaker, didn’t return phone calls seeking her comment. Rice claims that the NBRA, started with five members in 2005, now has 1,000 members in 48 states. Part of her mission, she says, is to highlight the racist past of the Democratic Party.

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Photo credit: The Republican and WESH-TV, Orlando

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4 Responses to “Controversial Anti-Obama Billboards Appear in Dixie”

  1. guyfroml on July 24th, 2008 2:17 am

    Regarding the anti Obama sign by State Farm agent Bud Gregg in Mandeville, Louisiana.  As it turns out no one, meaning higher-up execs in Illinois ever requested to Gregg to take down the sign.  There has been some speculation there was going to, but upon being contacted on July 3rd by a State Farm exec inquiring about the sign, Gregg immediately informed him the sign had already been taken down the prior day.  The exec responded by thanking him and promptly hanging up – the conversation lasted only seconds, according to Gregg.

    The truth behind the sign coming down has to do with threats made to Gregg and his office, obviously from angry Obama supporters.  Gregg explained that the sign’s purpose was to make a humorous point about Obama’s published tax plan.  Gregg says he thought the sign was good natured and he got countless calls from people approving of the sign saying the got a good laugh out of it.  But when the threats came, that changed everything.  Gregg said he could not take the chance since he has two female employees who are often working in the office alone while he is out on business.

    While Bud Gregg’s sign has been taken down, he is searching for a commerical billboard to resurrect it, which will clearly state it is paid for by him.  As it turns out, Gregg’s sign has encouraged other around the country to immulate his action by putting up their own sign with the same quote.

    I am knowledgeable of these events because I’m a good friend and client of Bud’s and was the person who first took the photo and emailed it to others.  I never realized the reaction it would cause, but I’m proud of it.  My white Toyota 4-Runner behind the sign got in the picture.

  2. pajamadeen on July 24th, 2008 6:27 am

    Gregg immediately informed him the sign had already been taken down the prior day.  The exec responded by thanking him and promptly hanging up…

    And Gregg thinks that’s a good sign, that the exec promptly hung up?  Gregg needs some help reading the roadmap of life.

    The truth behind the sign coming down has to do with threats made to Gregg and his office, obviously from angry Obama supporters.

    What kind of threats?

    Gregg’s sign has encouraged other around the country to immulate [sic] his action by putting up their own sign with the same quote.

    You need a better class of friends. And a dictionary.

  3. guyfroml on July 24th, 2008 11:57 am

    To Pajamadeen,

    I will take the opportunity here to say the last word on all this.  Bud Gregg is extremely successful at what he does, lives in a very nice home and by all standards most would consider him “wealthy” and well respected in the community and his company.  I’d say when it comes to one’s ability to “read the roadmaps of life” you and others could only hope to “read” as well as Bud.

    It is a shame what started out as something intended to be funny and was good natured got thrown out-of-whack by literally a few liberal extremist, such as yourself, who simply do not have the ability to respect the First Amendment constitutional rights of others – unless of course it’s a comment in favor of Obama.  Some have raised an excellent question if such a response would have happened if Bud’s sign had implicated John McCain?  I seriously doubt it.  Thus we now have a double standard in this country when it comes to the First Amendment.

    Also, you should google the Beaumont real esate broker to read articles about his putting up a sign with Bud’s quote and his crediting a Mandeville, La. State Farm agent for giving him the idea.

    As for the class of friends I choose to associate with…I consider myself to be in excellent company.  You should be so lucky
    And one last note…obviously, my comments posted in the pre-dawn hours of the morning after my being up over 24 hours – and not having a dictionary by my side – did not fail to get its point through to you.

    Good luck to you and may the best man win in November.

  4. pajamadeen on July 24th, 2008 12:38 pm

    I will take the opportunity here to say the last word on all this.”

    Actually, no, you won’t.  It’s my blog.  I allowed you to comment again.  Usually, I let the deluded have the last word, but I’m making a special exception just for you.  And just for the record, I read the roadmap of life quite well and am considered successful, although that’s really none of your concern, nor did I attack Mr. Gregg personally. 

    I feel sorry for people who choose to follow Mr. Gregg’s substandard example.  Yes, it’s his free speech “right” to put up the sign.  Does it make it wise?  No.  Useful?  No.  Putting up a McCain sign would have just as easily made the point, without an attempt to denigrate another candidate. 

    I live in the South too, but we have manners here.  All Mr. Gregg has done with his weak attempt at humor is a) cause State Farm to no doubt question the man’s judgment (You think this won’t be in his personnel file?) and b) perpetuate the stereotypes about Southerners as being ignorant. 

    I believe you have quite the surprise coming in November.  With every passing day, John McSame appears less and less suited for the job.  Our country can ill afford another four years of George Bush behavior.  On that point only, I agree:  May the best man win.