Float in July 4th parade draws criticism

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — A float critical of President Barack Obama in Norfolk’s July 4th parade is generating plenty of discussion.

The float featured a wooden outhouse labeled “Obama Presidential Library” and a figure in overalls standing outside.

Glory Kathurima says she was deeply offended by the float. She is an immigrant from Kenya who is raising her 9-year-old daughter in the northeast Nebraska community of roughly 24,000.

Parade organizers with the local Odd Fellows organization say the float was the most popular one in the event and received an honorable mention award.

Parade committee member Rick Konopasek says he didn’t think the float was any more offensive than a political cartoon, and organizers didn’t want to limit what they considered a political viewpoint.


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