Embattled Attorney General Eric Holder is throwing the considerable weight and force of the U.S. Department of Justice behind an investigation of a float which appeared at the annual Fourth of July parade in the small town of Norfolk, Neb.
Reason? The float featured a blue flatbed truck carrying a zombie-looking mannequin in overalls on the door of an outhouse labeled “OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY.”
Nothing can escape the vigilant eye of Eric Holder and his DOJ goons – defiant in their efforts to keep the country safe.. from, uh.. satire.
The Justice Department sent a member of its Community Relations Service team to Norfolk (pronounced “Norfork” by many locals), reports the Omaha World-Herald.
The Community Relations Service team investigates disputes concerning discrimination.
The Justice Department bureaucrat attended a meeting on Thursday about the float fracas. Also in attendance at the meeting were representatives of the NAACP, the town mayor and members of The Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the group that organizes the yearly parade.
The man behind the controversial float, Dale Remmich, has explained that the overalls-clad mannequin in front of the outhouse represented himself — not President Barack Obama. The point he was trying to make concerned his frustration with Obama’s mismanagement of the Veterans Affairs Department.
The kerfuffle began after parade attendee Glory Kathurima, a native of Kenya, became deeply unhappy about the float.
“I’m angry and I’m scared,” she told a reporter from the Lincoln Journal Star. “This float was not just political; this was absolutely a racial statement.”
It’s not clear if Kathurima has seen a Nov. 29, 2006 political cartoon by famed Atlanta Journal-Constitution cartoonist Mike Luckovich which shows a ratty outhouse with a wooden sign out front emblazoned with the words “Bush Presidential Library.”
It’s equally unclear if anyone at the Justice Department has seen Luckovich’s cartoon.
Parade committee member Rick Konopasek said the Odd Fellows only prohibit floats with morally objectionable content — like, say, nudity or sexually explicit words.