First of 10,000 Defeat Obama Signs Installed

The Defeat Obama in 2012 signs are expected to pop up all across the country and are attracting national attention.

Towering high up in the sky, emblazoned with gigantic red block letters is a brand new sign greeting visitors and residents as they approach the intersection of Tamiami and John Ringling Boulevard. It reads: "Defeat Obama in 2012."

Installed on private property at 50 N. Tamiami Trail new building owner Michael Fox of Fox 41 LLC has clearly expressed his right to free speech in one of the most visible areas in Sarasota .

The building is marked with an Ian Black Realty sale/lease sign and Black was unavailable for comment but his agent, Scott Horn, said that Ian Black Realty, “has nothing to do with the sign."

A representative for Fox 41 LLC, Bob Willis, called and said that the sign was installed by Fox LLC and seven news organizations, including the Wall Street Journal, had contacted him today. Fox is out of the country and not available for comment. However, Fox gave Willis permission to speak on his behalf, according to Willis. 

He said Fox had the sign hung because "he believes that President Barack Obama and the current administration is subverting the Constitution." 

A local investor and clothing store owner, Fox purchased the property at 50 N. Tamiami Trail, formerly known as the “concession building”, earlier this year.

Willis stressed several times that the sign is intended to be an anti-Obama statement and not an endorsement of any person running for office or any political party.

Willis said that this is the first of 10,000 signs Fox hopes will be erected throughout the country before Independence Day, in people’s front yards and businesses, on their private property.

He said Fox believes it is important for people to exercise their right to free speech and has established a fund to offset costs.

Sarasota Democratic Party Chairwoman Rita Ferrandino issued a statement via e-mail saying: "Wealthy Sarasota investor Michael Fox spent a $1 million in January for a downtown property and then hangs Defeat Obama sign.  No wonder why the 99% are so upset and support Obama."

Deborah G Flynn March 13, 2012 at 12:23 AM
I don't believe what I hear on the internet I go by my own gut feelings and my intelligence. My gut tells me OBAMA is a dangerous left wing ideolog and he has been on a mission to bring The America that disrespected his father sent him back to Kenya a pay back. Pyschology 101
Vizsla March 13, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Wow, what a bunch of vitriol. This post has brought out the worst of everyone from both parties. No wonder the country is in the state it's in. Nobody being the bigger man or woman. Just denouncing each others opinion. Where has statesmanship gone? Maybe every government official should have to watch "Mr. smith goes to Washington".
Deborah G Flynn March 13, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I guess you haven't seen the polls Bam the Man is down to 32% approval rating hardly in winning territory and with gas prices looming towards that "European" high prices that will further his "Green" agenda. The only on getting "green" is him from the US taxpayers pockets
Deborah G Flynn March 13, 2012 at 12:51 AM
They are on Bams payroll./ They actually hire people to troll Patrol the messgae boards. I saw it in one of their little booklets they hand out to people who want to volunteer for their campaign. They want to know if you have computer skills and want to know if you have the tie to infitrate the conservative boards or anywhere epeople might be posting agaisnst hi, They are the YOUTH BRIGADE, he has many simnilarities to another narcissistic dictator
Vizsla March 13, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Do they have to know how to spell?
Diana March 13, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Wallst- As I told someone at my business,"I don't knowingly do business with a democrat." A few have walked,and that was good. None of my minority friends are democrats. But then I avoid worthless people.
Diana March 13, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Ashlyn- The media loves him,teleprompter and all. Many Americans no longer believe what the government says, and they know better than to believe in aol/Ho Post,ABC,NBC,CBS,CNN,Time,Newsweek. Many are not aware that movie makers are given grants,subsidies,and tax incentives by our government. So when someone posts "government" statistics ,we can't believe them. Young people believe anything. READ Wikipedia and learn what FICA is, the "payroll tax" that Obama is not charging you. What a gift to you. READ....FICA is the total funding of Social Security and Medicare. YOUR money pays your retirement fund. YOURS... And his next trick will be to fund it some other way,so instead of YOUR retirement YOU are funding with YOUR payroll taxes. THEN Social Security will be a welfare check. cool,huh ? Why are interest rates so low ? To keep the interest payments on the trillion$$ in debt low. If interest goes up the country goes under. If you are retired,living on your savings , the interest on $1 Million is not enough to live on. After a life of doing without to save for retirement, to save a $1Million and not have enough to pay your medical bills AND eat...even when your house is paid for and you can't pay your real estate taxes without eating your principal ??? How could anybody vote for him ? ABO 2012
Diana March 13, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Warren- What planet have you been living on ? The democrats made a chant of "kill Bush",there has been nothing too degrading to say about any Conservative woman ,her children or family. The liberal comedians laugh and say things about Conservative women that would make a Marine blush. Does that please you ? Are you proud to hear your idols talk like that about women ? "kill Bush" is OK ? not offensive ?
Diana March 13, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Rob- Every democrat agreed that there were weapons of mass destruction,he had been using them,gassing the Kurds (Christians/.non Muslims),bombing them. Congress voted- Powell came under fire for his role in building the case for the UN for the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. In a press statement on February 24, 2001 he had said that sanctions against Iraq had prevented the development of any WMD by Saddam Hussein. ..Powell was placed at the forefront of this diplomatic campaign. Bush fired him for misleading US. So he campaigned for obama. Computer-generated image of an alleged mobile production facility for biological weapons, presented by Powell at the UN Security Council. On May 27, 2003, US and UK experts examined the trailers and declared they had nothing to do with biological weapons.[39] Colin Powell holding a model vial of anthrax while giving a presentation to the United Nations Security CouncilPowell's chief role was to garner international support for a multi-national coalition to mount the invasion. To this end, Powell addressed a plenary session of the United Nations Security Council on February 5, 2003 to argue in favor of military action. Citing numerous anonymous Iraqi defectors, Powell asserted that "there can be no doubt that Saddam Hussein has biological weapons and the capability to rapidly produce more, many more."[40] Powell also stated that there was "no doubt in my mind" that Saddam was working to obtain key components to produce nuclear weapons
Rob March 13, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Diana - why do you think Bush PUT Powell at the front - because people trusted him. Much better if he were the one saying it than Bush himself, although Bush's State of the Union address was a nice touch ("Hm, I don't know how it turned out I said Iraq was trying to obtain Uranium from Niger, not sure how that incredibly inflammatory, yet knowingly false statement ended up in my speech.. guess we missed that even though it was pointed out by three people to be dead wrong") And the sad irony is that Powell, who was given the misinformation by Bush and his cronies, took the fall for 'misleading the american people' - I don't need a history lesson - I know exactly what happened. As far as "All the dems" agreeing that there were weapons of mass destruction.. uh, check that, too. I seem to recall it differently, especially in our case, where we are talking about the American people. I seem to recall a VERY big number of folks against the war. Maybe you never left your house to see the signs, the rallies, the DIVISIVENESS this created? That's what I'm talking about... how that's what really started to divide this country - a war based on fiction - KNOWN fiction - and lies - and out and out deceit by the administration. It scares me that they aren't held to the fire for their part in all of this, too. I think it is a commentary on that very divisiveness we are talking about that so many forget so quickly, or conveniently in cases such as this thread, just to try to make a point.
RAJ (Bo) McMerritt March 14, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Tried, they did, but did not enforce it...
Charles Schelle (Editor) March 14, 2012 at 01:38 PM
We have a follow-up story on this "City Responds to Defeat Obama Sign Controversy." You can read it here: http://patch.com/A-r78d
PGJudy March 15, 2012 at 02:15 AM
You are paying for other people's health care every time someone goes to the emergency room (without insurance) for treatment.
PGJudy March 15, 2012 at 02:28 AM
All you NRAers said that before Obama was elected. Are you saying we have less guns on the streets now?
PGJudy March 15, 2012 at 02:33 AM
The President is Black and has a brain. The whole idea of the Republican Party is to keep you stupid. That way you will not question their authority. That's why they want to do away with public education. Then only the rich can afford to send their kids to private schools. After reading some of these posts, I think many of these people need to learn to spell.
PGJudy March 15, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Didn't Bush kiss his ring?
PGJudy March 15, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Talk about racism. What is it with whites that can't stand a black man having a brain? BTW, I'm white.
PGJudy March 15, 2012 at 02:57 AM
These people can't handle the truth. They spout all this stuff about the President being a Muslim but never tell you how they "know" this. Several posts state they don't want to pay for someone else's health care but they are too stupid to know they are paying for that person's care everytime an uninsured person goes to the ER.
PGJudy March 15, 2012 at 03:08 AM
While reading these posts regarding Herman's service to this country, I have to state you are a bunch of mean-spirited people. You watch too much Faux news. How many sons does Romney have? How many have served this country in the military? BIG FAT ZERO. That's one of the problems with Republicans. They love to go to war but their children never serve.
Norman Hooben March 15, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Ref:"Juli Kring 7:49 am on Saturday, March 10, 2012 Yeah, & the impeachment was led by none other than Newt Gingrich. AND it cost taxpayers 50 mill. That's the GOP for you." You might want to go back and check your history...it was the liberal U.S. Senate and the U.S. Supreme Court that failed to follow through with the Clinton conviction.
dee March 15, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Talk about being brainwashed. I'm under the impression that if you inherently hate it tends to block all rationality and reasoning from one's mind. So therefore you are preconditioned and become an easy target for such propaganda. It feeds into your inherent fears and hate. Critical thinking becomes obsolete and too far reaching for people who believe all this garbage. I'm under the mindset that perhaps GOP means Guided on Propaganda. Say all and everything in terms of falsities and give it to Mikey (Republicans) and they will eat it up. I'm not saying all Republicans. Only those with this built in hate that will not allow them to seen clearly. Perhaps in Sarasota their vision is blocked by this trifling sign.
S MARTIN March 15, 2012 at 04:43 PM
So you blame the GOP for Clinton's lack of personal control. Way to go!
Montana Montana March 15, 2012 at 05:16 PM
REDNECKS are killing the country! You can root for the black man on Saturday's and Sunday's huh!! Go away REDNECKS!
Lana March 15, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Obozo's minions are not the sharpest tools in the shed...as for the sign I alredy have one UP AND RUNNING in my yard and one on my car
Montana Montana March 15, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Just because this man is black and he has made bush look like the amateur that he was. Tell me one thing bush or his old man did right? Just one thing! Where was all this hate and tea party movement when bush gave the banks money, when he gave the airlines tons of money, when he went to the wrong country for 911? Educate yourself! Shame on you REDNECKS! You are killing the country. As if republicans care about you. They want you to stay poor jag-off.Educate yourself and don't listen to those liars like limbaugh, o'relly, coulter, beck, etc.,etc. Why would anybody lsiten to a guy who's been married four times, a guy who's a sexual predator, a broad that needs a good spanking, a real racist, just to name a few? Can't you think on your own?
Deborah G Flynn March 15, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Do you even know what a "red Neck " is? It is term used for farmers and people who work in the sun. They get red necks from the exposure. It is not a derogatory term . Most of the Red Necks " were and are hard working American patriots. They work hard have a strong work ethic and belive is God Country and all the good values America was formed on. Of course that is an anethma to the Left who prefer painty waist college professors who talk about liberalizing America making t acceptable to kill babies and tale welfare.
John T. Davis March 15, 2012 at 05:35 PM
What has Rita been smoking/snorting?
Norman Hooben March 15, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Ref:warren 1:17 am on Saturday, March 10, 2012 Lets see....just what has the president done Saved the US Auto Industry (and thousands of jobs) Regained some of our respect in the World Community (That Bush destroyed) Initiated dialogue with leaders Bush and Cheney alienated Actually USED the intel available to him, and not ony found Bin Laden, but eliminated him ________________ Obama never got Bin Laden...I say prove it! There is no evidence and what would have been evidence Obama destroyed...including the remainder of Seal Team 6. Benazir Bhutto identified Osama bin Laden's murderer before she was assassinated...and you can prove that!
michael sheehan March 16, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Feck, it's not what he has done, it's what he is going to do! He would not attack the second amendment in his first term knowing that he would never get re elected. If he is re elected he has no fear of loosing no matter what he does. With his total blessing, Hillery has signed America up for the UN small arms treaty, read up on it, then you will understand!
Chrissyw March 16, 2012 at 03:09 AM
The ones who support obama feel they are entitled to everything the rest of us work for. They want it free. But....nothing is free, someone has to pay for it, yes, that's all of us that work for a living.


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