Secret Service investigates Obama effigy hung in President Carter’s hometown

By Stephen C. Webster
Sunday, January 3, 2010 23:01 EDT
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The Secret Service is trying to uncover who hung an effigy of President Barack Obama in President Jimmy Carter’s home town.

The black doll, which bore the president’s name, was found in Plains, Georgia on Saturday. A rope was slung around its neck and it was hanging in front of a sign declaring the town as Carter’s home.

“In Washington, US Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan confirmed that the agency was investigating the case,” the BBC noted. “One Plains resident said the Secret Service had already interviewed local people.”

The sign’s full text reads: “Plains, Georgia. Home of Jimmy Carter, our 39th President.”

“Sumter County Sheriff’s Department officials declined comment, referring all calls to the Secret Service,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution added.

Plains, Georgia has about 600 residents.

This video is from NBC affiliate station WALB 10 in Georgia, broadcast Jan. 2, 2009.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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