'Obama' commode sparks controversy in NM town

Outhouse sign says "Obama's Presidential Library"

Published  7:23 AM HST Sep 04, 2013
TUCUMCARI, N.M. -

Just a stone's-throw away from historic Route 66 in Tucumcari sits a sign that everyone's talking about.

The sign sits atop an outhouse and says "Obama's Presidential Library."

Some in town say it's in bad taste, while others support it. Either way, everyone knows about it. One man said people have been treating it like a tourist destination, taking pictures all the time.

As for the man who put it up, he refused to give Target 7 his name or reveal what prompted him to construct the controversial commode, but he said he has no intention of taking it down.

"It's like watching TV. If you don't like what the hell you're watching, turn the channel," said the man who put up the sign. "I'm not even certain he even deserves that level of respect, but that's my opinion."

Target 7 contacted city manager Doug Powers to see if the city was doing anything about the sign. He said he hasn't seen it yet, but will go to the site soon to see if it's breaking any city codes. However, when it comes to the message, Powers thinks the city doesn't have control over what people say.

Tucumcari is a popular overnight destination for people traveling the US on Interstate 40. Target 7 asked Powers if he's concerned the sign may give those visitors a bad idea, but he said because he hasn't seen it, he can't comment.

The sign and outhouse have been up for a few weeks, if not months, according to its owner.

"That's my opinion ... and fortunately, that's one thing they haven't taken away from us ... is our right to our opinion," said the man who constructed the sign. 

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