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Memorial for Fallen Officers? Just a Toilet for Barack Obama.

Barack Obama held a rally earlier this month in Portland. The rally was held near the Portland Police Memorial, there to honor officers who died in the line of duty. The Obama campaign found a perfect use for the area: port-a-potties!

Portland police officers have asked for an apology after they said organizers of a Barack Obama rally set up Porta-Potties on a memorial honoring fallen officers.

Earlier this month, 75,000 people gathered in Waterfront Park in downtown Portland to hear Obama speak at a pre-primary rally.

Officer Thomas Brennan, a seven-year veteran with the Portland Police Bureau, said he was happy to help at the rally after being called in on his day off.

"On short notice, a lot of people had to cancel trips. But they were glad to do it," Brennan said. "It was very memorable, in more ways than one."

Brennan, who controlled the crowd near the Portland Police Memorial, noticed several Porta Potties set up in the middle of the memorial. Brennan had been at the site five days earlier for an annual memorial service and a flag was still set at half mast on the day of the rally.

"There was plenty of room elsewhere so space wasn't an issue," Brennan said. "So someone used some really poor decision making, whoever elected to put them there. I mean, it's somewhat hallowed ground, I guess you could call it."

After several days, Brennan attached a photo he took to a letter and e-mailed it to dozens of media outlets and the Obama campaign.

Brennan said officers haven't heard back from the Obama campaign. He said someone owes an apology to the families of the fallen officers.

"Not for a moment do I think that Mr. Obama had anything to do with this," Brennan said. "But somebody at his campaign at a local level made the decision to put them there. And I just want an acknowledgement: 'Hey, we made a mistake.'"

A representative with the Obama campaign responded Wednesday morning and said the Porta-Potties were placed at the memorial because of a safety issue for wheelchair access.


Of course, no one would dare argue with that.

And what would Barack Obama care about disrespecting a memorial for fallen police officers? He's too big and important to make sure that everything is as it should be for his rallies. Responsibility for mistakes in his campaign? Please! Clearly, these police officers don't understand who he is. Some stupid underling is obviously responsible, and you definitely can't blame him for it.

Seriously -- port-a-potties on a memorial for fallen police officers? Who set that up?! Whoever did it should be fired for their extremely poor judgement. And while Obama himself clearly didn't set the rally up, is he now blind? Could he not see? Did no one in his campaign stop and point it out to him, or maybe think, "Hmm, putting boxes that people piss and shit in on a memorial for fallen police officers could be pretty insulting to people... "?

What am I saying? Of course they didn't think about that. Respecting those who have made the ultimate sacrifices for our safeties and freedoms is so not important to Barack Obama.

Hat Tip: Moonbattery


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Comments (38)

What B.S. Would you rather ... (Below threshold)
JOsh:

What B.S. Would you rather the public pees there? Or

It still didn't solve the p... (Below threshold)
Roy:

It still didn't solve the problem of the crap coming out of the PA system.

Could your fascination with... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Could your fascination with thus utterly absurd topic be that you are the one full of sh**?

What would make anyone thin... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

What would make anyone think that this was anything other than intentional?

We are talking Oregon, after all.

3. Posted by JFO | May 3... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

3. Posted by JFO | May 30, 2008 4:16 PM

Truth hurts, eh?

Well drjohn that's about wh... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Well drjohn that's about what you wingers have been reduced to. Some unknown worker puts a pooper in a bad spot and all of a sudden Obama is responsible. Now I think it is you too who is full of sh**.

I can see it now; after Oba... (Below threshold)
groucho:

I can see it now; after Obama is elected, we'll be subjected to the sight of porta-potties in the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, probably in Arlington as well, who knows, maybe even a hot pretzel and chestnut cart at the Tomb of the Unknown. Oh, the horror! Cassy needs to grow up or get some help to find out where all the anger is coming from. Pretty soon she'll be threatening to kill people she doesn't agree with, like Ol' Scrapiron.

It's very telling, the fact... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

It's very telling, the fact that the leftists can't understand why this is an issue.

Hussein O and his ilk have ... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Hussein O and his ilk have been pissing on the police and the military for years with no penalty. What's different here? Liberal democrats are pissing on you now and you are all either stupid or insane to know it. Gas prices increased 66 cents in six years of Boooosh and a republican congress, and $1.76 in sixteen months with the democrats in charge of congress, what would they increase if in another 5 years, to $15 a gallon? So the democrats piss down your back and try to convince you it's raining, pissing on a memorial doesn't mean anything to them. Some, a lot, don't have the brains to know the difference.

Actually it's very telling ... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Actually it's very telling that you wingers make it an issue. Kinda like when little children think it's fun to talk about poop and poop throwing. I'm beginning to sense a Freudian problem with your fascination with this subject.

Scrapiron, did you spend th... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Scrapiron, did you spend the whole of Clinton's time in office curled up in the fetal position howling in pain? I can fucking hear you having an aneurysm anytime I read what you have to say about the Democratic Party.

JFO lets put it this way, y... (Below threshold)
David:

JFO lets put it this way, yes the front people for Barack let him down. If he is elected president he will run the administration. The staff he picks needs to be top shelf and his campaign has shown several times that his front people are lettting him down, but in the end some of his people need to be fired yesterday and he is not doing it. That reflects on him.

did you spend the whole ... (Below threshold)
Clay:

did you spend the whole of Clinton's time in office curled up in the fetal position howling in pain?

Oh gawd. Now that is funny. I am laughing my ass off right now. I have been reading the most outrageous BDS crap here for years.

You need to take your shit on the road, 'cause you are very funny dude.

all of a sudden Obama is... (Below threshold)

all of a sudden Obama is responsible.
JFO's lack of reading comprehension is mind numbing!
"Not for a moment do I think that Mr. Obama had anything to do with this," Brennan said.
What part of "Not for a moment" didn't you understand, JFO?

"Not for a moment do I thin... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"Not for a moment do I think that Mr. Obama had anything to do with this," Brennan said.

Should be the new Obama campaign bumper sticker. People sure seem to be saying that a lot.

David, I concur. Let us jud... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

David, I concur. Let us judge the man not only by his words and actions, but also by the decisions made by the staffer charged with finding a place for people to evacuate themselves. For we may never truly know the measure of the man who would be President, lest we know the heart of the staffer who pointed at a map and said "Poop goes there."

Can ya'll imagine holding Bush responsible for every single one of his underlings for the past eight years? When some hack lawyer from a fourth tier Bible Belt "law school" would say or do something stupid, it never occurred to me to hold someone miles above them on the chain of command responsible for their stupidity. If candidates/presidents/CEOs had to personally vet every single staff member, they would spend 24 hours every day reading resumes and conducting interviews.

Clay, the thing about crazy people is it's really easy to think of funny things to say about them. Jon Stewart has the easiest job in the world.

When some hack law... (Below threshold)
Maggie:
When some hack lawyer from a fourth tier Bible Belt "law school" would say or do something stupid, it never occurred to me to hold someone miles above them on the chain of command responsible for their stupidity.

Your deliberate bashing is getting tiresome, and you are getting on my last nerve. There is no reason you can't hold yourself to a modicum of civility.


BTW, did you just delete my... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

BTW, did you just delete my caption entry (the first one) because I made fun of fast food enthusiasts? I sorta thought that's what the negative voting button was for, unless it was too long or something...?

Seriously asking, as I'd like to know the parameters for that event. (Something a bit more specific than "civility" would be helpful.)

Clay, the thing about cr... (Below threshold)
Clay:

Clay, the thing about crazy people is it's really easy to think of funny things to say about them.

Wait, you're not thinking that...I mean, you know that I...

Oh hell, you're getting even funnier. Keep going, man. You are a scream.

BTW, did you just delete... (Below threshold)
Clay:

BTW, did you just delete my caption entry (the first one) because I made fun of fast food enthusiasts? I sorta thought that's what the negative voting button was for, unless it was too long or something...?

Bwahahahaha! This is funny stuff. Are you putting us on? I'm dying here.

I'm guessing that many of O... (Below threshold)
ptg:

I'm guessing that many of Obama's friends used to refer to police officers as "pigs". It was common for SDS types (like Mr. Ayers) and black panthers to use the term.

Funny how every time we jud... (Below threshold)
brainy435:

Funny how every time we judge Obama on the SOLE argument he can make as to why he is qualified for the presidency, his "vaunted" judgment, the crazies come out of the woodwork to call it a distraction.

We'd love to bash him on substance, except he doesn't have any.

hyperbolist ... (Below threshold)

hyperbolist

When some hack lawyer from a fourth tier Bible Belt "law school" would say or do something stupid, it never occurred to me to hold someone miles above them on the chain of command responsible for their stupidity.

You must have an example in mind. Share it with us.

David:Speaking of ... (Below threshold)
JFO:

David:

Speaking of staff letting down presidents I am reminded of that famous quote: " Brownie you're doing a heck of a job." Then there's Rumsfeld. Then there's .......on and on and on and on....

But seriously by your ridiculous logic Bush should be ch3cking thew janitorial staff, inspecting the johns et al......and on and on.....

And so I say again those of you wingers who think is some kind of issue are really full of sh**.

Wow....lots of typos....my ... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Wow....lots of typos....my apologies.

Well, it might take a littl... (Below threshold)
epador:

Well, it might take a little more research, but if an apology was requested and not received, it shows more lack of character. Mistakes happen. How you answer for them once they're recognized is the important quality.

And I believe Cassy has an appropriate beef with the Obama campaign if indeed they've ignored appeals for an apology.

This being Portland, Oregon (PLEASE do not equate the People's Republic of Portland to the entire state, that's an error Metro area folks make all the time, but us Outlanders are kinda sensitive about) it is indeed possible the potties were strategically placed. And maybe not. Its a beautiful memorial, but subtle. I wonder what the reaction would be if they'd been placed in front of the Holocaust memorial. Oh, yeah, there is a bathroom facility already placed on the path there...

all of a sudden Obama is... (Below threshold)
Brian:

all of a sudden Obama is responsible.
JFO's lack of reading comprehension is mind numbing!
"Not for a moment do I think that Mr. Obama had anything to do with this," Brennan said.
What part of "Not for a moment" didn't you understand, JFO?

Actually, "Proof" (is that name intended to be ironic?), it's you whose reading ability is in question:

And what would Barack Obama care about disrespecting a memorial for fallen police officers? He's too big and important to make sure that everything is as it should be for his rallies.... And while Obama himself clearly didn't set the rally up, is he now blind? Could he not see?... Respecting those who have made the ultimate sacrifices for our safeties and freedoms is so not important to Barack Obama.

Still care to argue that this isn't laying the responsibility on Obama?

Your deliberate bashing ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Your deliberate bashing is getting tiresome, and you are getting on my last nerve. There is no reason you can't hold yourself to a modicum of civility.

Hey Maggie, when are we going to see a comment like this directed at anyone on the right? You seem to look right past posts like Scrapiron's and target those on the left for vastly lesser assaults on "civility". Hmm?
depp=true
notiz=Et tu Brian

Somebody get Brian a "WaAAm... (Below threshold)
Ran56:

Somebody get Brian a "WaAAmbulance!" ..LOL

Somebody get Brian a "Wa... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Somebody get Brian a "WaAAmbulance!"

Yes, please. If they have medics aboard, perhaps they can resuscitate the thinking part of your brain.

Let's see, Obama's people p... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Let's see, Obama's people put up temporary toilets on a Police Memorial that just a memorial service. The police officer knows Obama did not do it but some lowly staff did. The lefty loons here, lead by JFO think this is an issue about nothing.

President Bush lands on a carrier and someone hung a banner that said Mission Accomplished (which it was for that carrier) and all the lefty loons here, lead by JFO blame Bush peronally. JFO and his ilk just cannot see their own hypocrisy. Predictable. ww

Well drjohn that's about... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

Well drjohn that's about what you wingers have been reduced to. Some unknown worker puts a pooper in a bad spot and all of a sudden Obama is responsible. Now I think it is you too who is full of sh**.

I wear this as a badge of honor.

NO WONDER Michele's not pro... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

NO WONDER Michele's not proud of America.

How could anyone not have a clue about putting port'O'crappers on ANY memorial?

Must be a product of our public schools.

WildWillie, if you have ser... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

WildWillie, if you have seriously been persuaded that that banner was hung for the benefit of those on that particular aircraft carrier only (which, interestingly enough, was never mentioned before, during, or after Codpiece's speech on that day), then you, sir, are an incredibly silly person.

Hyperbolist, you need to un... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Hyperbolist, you need to understand military jargon first of all. Mission Accomplished is not saying The War IS Over. It is saying that mission the carrier was on accomplished it's mission. You are the silly one who thinks Bush was trying to say the war was won. Plus, my point being that some lowly Bush operative thought the banner would look good as a backdrop during his speech. Not Bush himself. But know, you and your fellow lefty loons, who are motivated by hate, lay it at the feet of GW. You do not show your activism for your beliefs when you say those things, you demonstrate your stupidity. My how the left has been screaming about the banner for 6 years now. Your obsessed. ww

Willie, it was a victory sp... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Willie, it was a victory speech. Did anybody--Bush, his press secretary (whomever that was at the time), Brit Hume--allude to the mission of that particular ship?

Now I don't think for one second that Bush et al thought that the operation in Iraq was totally wrapped up, but I think that banner was a (not entirely unreasonable) component of the campaign to keep public support for the conflict as high as possible. I don't think that's categorically a bad thing, but c'mon, Willie: let's call a spade a spade, and an f'd-up PR stunt an f'd-up PR stunt. We lefties wouldn't be "screaming" about the banner 5 years after the fact if one administration official had said, "Yeah, that was premature, our bad," rather than obfuscating. That's all.

Hyperbolist,I find... (Below threshold)
OhioVoter:

Hyperbolist,

I find your rage (5 YEARS later) to be amusing.

I have a nephew .... a died-in-the-wool Democrat, BTW .... who has NEVER once criticized Bush or Bush's administration for that sign (and he has criticized Bush for a lot of things!) Why? Because he ALSO is a Naval veteran of the Iraq War (2 tours) and BOTH ships he served on had similiar celebration signs upon their return.

The sign was the SHIP'S celebration. You certainly have the right to continue to be obsessed about the sign, but it gives the impression that you are not particularly knowledgeable.

Now, the Bush administration did choose to use the sign as a backdrop for his speech and that is their responsibility. A friend of my nephew's - who was actually on the ship druring the visit - said that Bush spent much of his off-camera time thanking the saliors for their service. Apparently, at the time, the Bush team thought it reasonable to highlight the contribution and service of the troops whenever possible.

Certainly, in hindsight, the Bush administration should have considered the possibility that there would be American citizens who do not support the troops and are not inclined to appreciate their service. However, most of us do tend to assume the best in people rather than the worst and I can understand the mistake being made.

Ohio Voter's son is correct... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Ohio Voter's son is correct. I was in the Navy years ago. Any deployment was celebrated upon their return. Bush's people did not make that sign up, it would have been there regardless. I do remember the press saying many times this ship was deployed and that deployment was extended, so it was an even more celebratory situation. You lefties cannot even support the sailors who were celebrating there very long time at sea just so you can make cheap political shots at GW. Your hate is blinding you. ww




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