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Peterson Air Force Base, Presidents Day, February 16, 2009, Barack Obama’s picture removed, Holiday commemorating the birthdays of past presidents, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, NAACP complains

February 16, 2009

From the Colorado Springs, CO, Gazette, February 13, 2009,
an article about Presidents Day and another Obama
controversy:

“Photo of Obama is taken down at Peterson”

“President Barack Obama’s picture was removed this week from a Presidents Day sign at the Peterson Air Force Base commissary after customers complained that the image did not fit the holiday commemorating the birthdays of past presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

The head of the local NAACP and a commissary employee say it was blatant racism.

The picture of the first black president accompanied a sign near the entrance listing the government-run military grocery store’s operating hours on for Presidents Day. The store will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Employees took the sign down after customers complained that the holiday wasn’t about the current president, according to the Defense Commissary Agency, which oversees the base grocery stores.”

“They said four customers had complained that Presidents Day is to honor Washington and Lincoln, not Obama, causing the agency to remove the Obama image.

“The customers stated it is inaccurate to associate other presidents with this holiday and asked that we remove President Obama’s photo from the flier,” the agency said in a statement.

The commissary came up with a new, less controversial notice.

“The one presently posted is titled Washington’s Birthday and has no photos,” the agency said.”

Read more here:

http://www.gazette.com/articles/presidents_48070___article.html/obama_commissary.html