Utah Town Joins Kingsville in Anti-Obama Float Controversy

The Secret Service was notified about a Utah town's parade float last week.

Another small town's Independence Day parade has fallen victim to election season controversy, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

The day following the in Kingsville, MD, Patch on an that skirted the planning committee's approval by entering only as an "antique vehicle," without listing its political intent.

Two people wearing masks of and First Lady Michelle Obama, rolled along with signs that read, "Obamanomics Spreading the Wealth," and warned against socialism.

Recommended on Facebook about 380 times and generating around —it's safe to say the story ruffled some political feathers.

The chairman of the Kingsville parade told Patch that the float entry would likely not have gained the committee's advance approval.

It appears that a small Utah town is facing a similar situation—except this time, the Secret Service was notified. A sign on a Fourth of July float in Huntsville, UT, may be interpreted by some as a threat to Obama.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune article:

Participants in the parade entry dressed in suits to mimic President Barack Obama and Secret Service officers. One member of the float donned an Obama face mask.

One sign on the side of the limousine read, "Huntsville welcomes the Obama farewell tour?" and another, on the rear of the vehicle, read, "Ask about our assault gun plan!" Then in smaller letters: "Call Eric Holder."

Huntsville Mayor Jim Truett called the float a "last-minute entry" and said the float would not have been allowed if reviewed beforehand, the article stated.

While the article states the Secret Service was notified, local police say no laws were broken.

Like the chairman of the Kingsville parade, the Utah mayor encouraged residents to focus on the more positive aspects of the overall celebration.

Do you think a Fourth of July parade is an appropriate place for negative political displays? Should parade organizers prevent highly politicized floats? Tell us in the comments.

EWS July 09, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Freedom of speech! What better time for it to be used.
FIFA July 09, 2012 at 09:10 PM
It is only Freedom of Speech when you like the speech.
MJR July 09, 2012 at 09:57 PM
I would hardly compare the float in the Kingsville parade, which simply opposed the views of the president, to a float that threatens the presidents life. Either way though, if the parade officials allow people to campaign, it's only right to allow people to oppose them as well.
Doug Wood July 10, 2012 at 04:40 AM
In answer to your question political floats should only be disallowed(regardless of their veiwpoint) if all politicians are also banned...they are after all, walking and talking political viewpoints!!! The freedom swings both ways!!!
Steve July 10, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Showed up on the 'Game of Thrones" too, Emily. http://tv.yahoo.com/news/first-bush-head-game-thrones-now-obama-masks-002143839.html
Jack Noppinger July 10, 2012 at 02:46 PM
With no laws being broken, it is a mere expression of one's Constitutional right. Agree or disagree, the right remains; banning a float due to not liking the message would clearly be grounds for a lawsuit. Every parade has politicians entered, and their messages differ; ban one, ban them all!
Tim Montoya July 10, 2012 at 03:19 PM
How did that float threaten the president's life? It referenced the manure pile of a case going on now regarding "Fast and Furious". There was no threat to the president.
Tim Montoya July 10, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Agree. I said the same thing. If you want all politics out of the parades, then don't allow politicians to participate. Then again, I guess you'll have to mute all aspects and disallow the confederate flag, the fly over of our "war birds" and other things that could carry political undertones.
Paul Amirault July 10, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Hi Tim, I have a feeling the Secret Service takes no chances when "farewell tour" is on one side and "assault gun plan" is on the other. Secret Service is a nervous group, except maybe when they are in Venezuela.
ARG July 10, 2012 at 03:31 PM
It wouldnt have been allowed because it is anti democrate. if it was anti republican it would have had a special category with tons of entries. The fact that the Chairman has blatently said he would not have permitted it proves there is a bias. And also shows what our country is coming to. What about the 'occupy' protests, i am sure they were held on holidays, in family areas. Oh thats right, they were geared towards republicans, there are no issues there. Again, you can pick almost every float in the parade and find something offinsive or argumentative about it. I also agree that if you are going to ban a float expressing political opinion, you better also ban the politicians.


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