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