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Obama Halloween Tombstone Draws Criticism, Creator Says 'Meh'

By    |   Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 11:25 AM

An Oklahoma man was criticized recently by a new neighbor for his homemade Halloween tombstone featuring President Barack Obama's name, but he said he thinks he'll keep it up anyway.

"Regardless of your political views, Democrat or Republican, he is the president of the United States," Jamilla Phillips, a neighbor who moved to Edmond, Oklahoma, less than a year ago, told ABC affiliate KOCO.

"I just think it was disrespectful not just to me, but [to Obama]."

The owner of the plywood tombstone, Dwayne Dockens, said it's been in his yard for the last couple of Halloweens, and he hadn't gotten any complaints before. He said he didn't mean to offend anybody.



"It was just kind of something we thought was humorous for the time," Dockens said, pointing out that the tombstone conveyed an old joke about Obama's birthday and birth certificate. "My family and I made them a few years ago back when it was a big deal."

According to Dockens, Phillips never came to him directly, and he only heard about the so-called controversy after she complained to local news stations and they in-turn asked to interview him.

Because of this, he said he's inclined to keep the tombstone nestled among the others.

Flanking Obama's tombstone is are other homemade decorations with gags like "Ima Gonner" and "Vacancy" with a downward-pointing arrow.

Phillips apparently contacted the local Democratic party as well, who released a statement to the news station regarding the tombstone.

"It's disrespectful and completely unpatriotic in a time of worldwide conflict," Dana Orwig, vice-chairwoman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, said in a prepared statement. "We need to stand behind our country and president. But it's also typical of the intolerant and the hypocrisy that we see so often."

"This could have been settled over an afternoon talk," Dockens said in response to the statement. "It's ridiculous what this has evolved into."

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