- The Washington Times - Monday, July 7, 2014

The Nebraska Democratic Party is calling a Fourth of July parade float that poked fun at President Obama the “worst shows of racism and disrespect” for the president in state history.

A float featured at the annual Independence Day parade in Norfolk depicted a figure resembling Mr. Obama standing outside an outhouse, which was labeled the “Obama Presidential Library.” Neither the float nor the truck pulling the float identified a sponsor,” the Omaha World-Herald reported.

A photo of the display went viral on social media, receiving positive and negative feedback.

Glory Kathurima said she was offended by the float, emailing Mayor Sue Fuchtman, the Chamber of Commerce, the Norfolk Daily News and the Norfolk Odd Fellows Lodge, which coordinated the parade, to voice her disapproval, the World-Herald reported.

The Nebraska Democratic Party also issued a statement, calling the float one of the “worst shows of racism and disrespect for the office of the presidency that Nebraska has ever seen,” the World-Herald reported.

“There is a level of respect for the office of the Presidency which should not be crossed,” said NDP Executive Director Dan Marvin. “It’s beyond disappointing the City of Norfolk, its officials and citizens would allow such a thing.”

However, parade committee member Rick Konopasek said it was the most popular float in the parade, and the three judges awarded it an honorable mention, the World-Herald reported.

Attendee Liz Guthrie told the paper she could hear the crowd laughing and clapping as the float passed by.

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