Hitler mustaches on Obama offend Newton residents

WICKED LOCAL STAFF PHOTO BY LAURA PAINE

A campaign worker for Congressional candidate Rachel Brown wears a poster depicting President Barack Obama with a mustache similar to that worn by Adolph Hitler.
By Laura Paine/Staff writer Wicked Local Newton Posted Aug 17, 2010 @ 01:42 PM Last update Aug 29, 2010 @ 02:15 AM Newton ² Voters have been both disturbed and offended by the campaign tactics of LaRouche party candidate for Congress Rachel Brown, but she said she is simply telling the public the truth. Workers for the Brown campaign for the 4th Congressional District seat currently held by Barney Frank, D-Newton, have been seen throughout Newton and Brookline with images of President Barack Obama doctored to give him an Adolf Hitler-style mustache.

Newton resident Miko Grenoble said that while two young men were practicing their First Amendment rights, their verbal assault impaired her ³freedom of movement´ while trying to pick up dinner at Shaw¶s. ³They were set up so you couldn¶t get in and out of [the] doors without running into their table, and these two guys badgering you,´ Grenoble said. ³I found it very offensive to have a picture of Obama with a Hitler mustache on. I think it is an affront to all Jewish and non-Jewish people. I find the pictures of Obama very offensive, very disturbing and totally disrespectful.´ Police Lt. Bruce Apotheker said Grenoble is not the only resident to complain about the signage. ³People will see it and they think there is something wrong, so they give us a call,´ Apotheker said. ³We¶ve had officers respond. I don¶t think anybody has been locked up because of it. I think people are amazed they can get away with it, but it is freedom of speech.´ Brown said each proposal made since Obama took office ³has not looked out for the interest of the population,´ but the interest of the international financial system, and the photos are a representation of the truth. ³Obama¶s health-care policy is modeled after what Hitler did in 1939,´ she said. ³That¶s the same policy Obama is now forcing on the U.S. against the will of Congress. It¶s a policy that is going to result in millions of deaths. Sometimes you have to tell the truth and sometimes people don¶t like it, but that doesn¶t mean you don¶t do it.´ Brown further stated that being a leader means telling the truth and educating the public about the consequences of certain policies. To her, this means preventing a repeat of the gruesome events that took place during Hitler¶s regime. ³What we need to do now is change these policies,´ Brown said. ³Many people will lose their lives as a result of these budget cuts happening on a city and state level. If we don¶t change that policy, we will see the collapse of this nation and the world economy. People should support my fight for these policies and for stopping the president¶s fascist policies.´ Despite her claims to be fighting to ³defend the citizens above all else,´ she may be hard-pressed to find the citizen support she will need to be elected to Congress. ³It¶s a malapropism to display the president¶s picture in such a disrespectful way when he was democratically elected by the people of the United States,´ Grenoble said. ³I don¶t think that any elected official deserves that kind of contempt and symbolism that is offensive to all Jewish and non-Jewish people. If there is one thing I hate, it is ignorance.´

Laura Paine can be reached at lpaine@cnc.com.
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