A bullet-riddled outhouse with a sign "Obama Presidential Library," containing a fake birth certificate and a graffito that made vulgar reference to Michelle Obama, was displayed outside the Hilton Garden Inn at the Montana Rep. Convention in Missoula.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the outhouse was painted to simulate the appearance of several bullet holes in it. According to the Missoulian, many people stopped to snap pictures of the bullet "pocked" outhouse. The Missoulian reports that inside the outhouse was a fake birth certificate that "made reference to the disproven controversy over the president's origins." The certificate was stamped “Bull––.” Inside the outhouse was also a graffito that advised: “For a Good Time call 800-Michelle (crossed out), Hillary (crossed out) and Pelosi (circled in red.)”
The convention included a raffle for a 12-gauge shotgun, shovel and duct tape, all symbolizing a message to "Shoot, Shovel and Shut up," that referenced illegal killing of wolves and other federally protected species such as grizzly bears.
The Missoulian reports that convention goers burst into loud laughter at the reference to illegal shooting of protected species: they thought it was funny.
Daily Kos reports that wolves are legally hunted in Montana with several hundred shot in the past season, but some residents promote illegal poaching, a felony.
Former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was the keynote speaker at the convention on Saturday. He said that if he won the raffle, he would give the prize of shotgun, shovel and duct tape to his grandson, a ten-year-old. The Missoulian reports that Gingrich's 10-year-old grandson just got his first .410 shotgun.
Gingrich, in his speech, criticized Obama's immigration policy and his administration's decision to allow illegal immigrants to stay in the country and work. According to Gingrich, "We do not have a commander in chief, we have a dreamer-in-chief."
It was uncertain who was responsible for the bullet-riddled outhouse, but it was also displayed at the Memorial Day parade in Corvallis, Ravalli County, Houston Chronicle reports. Raw Story reports that a shocked resident of Corvallis said: “Never have I been so embarrassed for the residents of this valley as I was when the Republican float passed by. Behind one of the pickups was an outhouse with the sign ‘Obama Presidential Library.’ I don’t care who you are or what party you vote for, Barack Obama is our president and deserves our respect as the Commander-in-Chief of our country.”
Will Deschamps, state GOP chairman, who dismissed the outhouse as just a "sideshow," said he did not know who brought it to the convention. But he said: "It's not something I'm going to agonize over. Some of that stuff is not real good taste. We do have a president of the United States, and we have to honor that."
Daily Kos comments on the oddity of the state GOP chairman saying that a outhouse display that promotes "violent racist misogyny" with a vulgar reference to the First Lady was not "something I'm going to agonize over."
Daily Kos reports in an update: "Apparently the 'Obama Outhouse' is a popular theme in right wing nut culture... so the use of it as a display outside the Montana GOP convention is not new."
Daily Kos also reports that Romney campaign paid for Newt Gingrich to attend the Montana GOP convention and host a fundraiser. These facts are "all the more reason to publicize this incident far and wide and ask prominent repubs, such as Dennis Rehberg and Newt Gingrich (who attended the convention) and even Mitt Romney to condemn and disown it."
Daily Kos ends with questions to ask Republican leadership:
Do you support poaching of legal game animals in Montana, as endorsed by the MT GOP with there shoot, shovel and shut up award?
Will you condemn the portrayal of the Obama Presidential Library as a outhouse peppered with bullet holes as displayed at the MT GOP convention?
Will you condemn the war on women portraying democratic women as whores as displayed at the Montana GOP convention?The Huffington Post reports that the Montana convention display comes a week after a Tea Party leader, Inge Marler, in north central Arkansas, made a crude racist joke during a rally in Mountain Home. According to The Huffington Post, Marler "joked":
“A black kid asks his mom, ‘Mama, what’s a democracy?’
“‘Well, son, that be when white folks work every day so us po’ folks can get all our benefits.’
“‘But mama, don’t the white folk get mad about that?’
“‘They sho do, son. They sho do. And that’s called racism.’”