Anti-Obama Kingsville Parade Float 'Not Sanctioned by Committee'

A float opposing President Barack Obama entered only as an "antique vehicle," and did not mention anything about its political intent in advance, the parade chairman said.

BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD -- A anti-Obama float, featuring two people wearing masks of and First Lady Michelle Obama, rolled along a local

With the United States already in the thick of election year politics, the float was a cutting criticism of the president. But it also came as an unpleasant surprise to Kingsville parade organizers, who asserted that the content of the float had not been approved by the planning committee in advance.

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One sign read, "Obamanomics Spreading the Wealth," while another included the attributed Thomas Jefferson quote: "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

Other politically motivated parade marchers, floats and vehicles were almost exclusively conservative and in support of specific Republican politicians and candidates. For the most part, they passed out candy and shook hands with parade-goers.

Some bystanders booed as the anti-Obama float passed and some cheered, while others said it was confusing. Most responded to it with silence—in stark contrast to the claps and cheers that followed most other floats.

One reader told Patch by email on Thursday that the float was "disgraceful," and should not have been allowed in the parade.

Linda Alexander, the parade chairman, said the float was "definitely not sanctioned by the committee."

She declined to disclose the names of those who entered the float, but said the float description was listed on the entry form only as an "antique vehicle," and did not mention anything about its political intent.

"We have no intention of making this a political parade. It is a family event," Alexander said, adding that a group collecting signatures for a political cause was asked to stop by parade organizers.

"Sometimes these things just happen. We can't always control it," she said.

Alexander also said she hopes parade-goers focus on the more than that celebrated the Fourth of July in a more positive light.

What's your take on the float? Are critical political displays simply an expression of freedom of speech or should they be restricted from hometown parades? Tell us in the comments.

EWS July 21, 2012 at 09:34 AM
Obama's socialist agenda is nauseating and ignorant. I can't wait to see him go.
EWS July 21, 2012 at 10:58 PM
No Just some white boys just back off of vacation in Jamaica LOL
Tim Davies November 14, 2013 at 09:35 AM
They said they wanted the 4th of Jully parade to be a "family event" and not a "Political Parade"....The 4th of July is a celebration of POLITICAL FREEDOM, why in the world would you comment on not permitting a float that voices discontent with the way current freedoms are being handled!? I am proud of the float owner who did this!
Lorna D. Rudnikas November 14, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Oh for goodness sake Tim Davies...you are so, uh, so, uh Pro-America. And, definitely hit the nail right on the head. Political freedom appears to be only acceptable if leftward leaning.
Kevin November 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM
this was nothing uniquely american about it - afterall, they burn obama pictures in Iran & Egypt.... I'd never vote for obama but I can prefer kid marching bands and things that unite us as a community over divisive politics..... tit4tat political statements by every float would clearly ruin the event. when politicians join the parade shaking hands, they see me with my arms folded with no interest in shaking their hands - a very effective political statement indeed; i'd prefer they stay out of this as well btw.


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