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Sign of the times: Ohio man gives Barry the bird


[photo credit: Chronicle Telegram]

The Libertarian Party of Ohio is was hilariously treading out there by posting this on their facebook wall (see update). With the context and the great framing, I am certain this man’s symbolic discontent will ultimately haunt us over and over.

Taken by Bruce Bishop at the Chronicle Telegram during president Barack Obama’s July 5th visit to Amherst, the newspaper for some reason decided not to post it in their own website’s photo gallery of the visit. The photo — which was apparently only posted to facebook and now technically now belongs to them as well — had the following caption:

What do you think of this picture Bruce snapped yesterday? Clearly not everyone was happy with the president coming through Lorain County.

This Elyria man said that “I’m not against Republicans or Democrats, I don’t like any of them.” When the President’s motorcade made the short jaunt through Elyria he raised both arms over his head and gave the presidential bus the finger.

This is one time where I’d ask Barry to autograph something.

UPDATE: Thanks to reader Marty Readling for the heads up, Hammer of Truth brings you news that the LPO decided to pull the photo.

According to the page’s account holder, it was removed after “a string of vulgar comments” was posted in the comments.

They added, “It was a very popular image to share all well as opened people up to a bunch of comments. I didn’t do it for publicity per se. It was a provoking image to stimulate thought and discussion. Unfortunately it allowed a forum for nasty comments. Sometimes it’s best to just move on.”

Why they couldn’t just remove those comments is beyond me, but I’ve included the original photo they posted below to show that there was a major difference between the unedited version we posted on Hammer of Truth and what the LPO put out there.

A word of advice to the LPO: when it comes to getting egg on your face, you can’t delete shit on the internet — especially this clumsily — without having said shit end up all over you in the process. What started as a somewhat cool, hip move on the LPO’s part now leaves us wondering what kind of vulgarity necessitated the entire facebook photo’s removal.

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