Wisconsin man’s ‘Hang in there Obama’ sign causes stir - KMSP-TV

Wisconsin man’s ‘Hang in there Obama’ sign causes stir

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REDGRANITE, Wis. (KMSP) -

Thomas Savka swears he's a fan of President Obama, and says his controversial sign off Highway 21 in Redgranite, Wis. is only meant to grab your attention.

The sign reads, "Hang in there Obama," next to a picture of a noose. But from further away, you can only read the larger red letters that say "HANG OBAMA."

"It's my attitude for it. Everybody's picking on Obama. It's the attitude of 'hang in there, buddy!' It isn't over ‘til you're done kicking," Savka told FOX 11.

Savka says he didn't intend for the sign to have racial implications of lynching.

"This has nothing to do with color," he said. "It's to get people's attention. If they're taking that direction from it, they're not reading the sign."

Neighbors say the message is fine -- just remove the noose.

A spokesperson from the Obama campaign said "this type of imagery is inappropriate and has no place in public discourse around elections."

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