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Rednecks for Obama? What the hell?

By: 27 November 2010 One Comment

Rednecks for Obama? What the hell is going on here?
Some of us at First Arkansas News have heard that we really need more original photos.

Can’t argue there. However, we’re a bit limited in what we can do. The reporters who donate their time are writers — not photographers. Also, there’s the matter of the budget — good photographers generally cost money and we don’t really have any of that lying around (we do hope that changes in the near future).

Still, there are some things we can do to get some more original photos. For one thing, a very skilled photographer in Northwest Arkansas by the name of Larry Ash has volunteered to snap some pics for us (you can check out his portfolio here — the fellow’s got skills).

Also, we writers can actually take some photos here and there. We already do that to an extent, but we’re going to expand that with a new category that I like to call “Just what the hell is going on here?

That category is reserved for those photos that are interesting, unusual or just rather out of place here in Arkansas. The first photo in that series — of course — is this one I took this afternoon in the parking lot at Kroger in Benton.

Here’s the thing about this photo — Barack Obama wasn’t all that popular here in Saline County during the 2008 presidential election. He wound up with 12,695 votes to John McCain’s 30,981, in fact.

Judging from how Saline County citizens tended to vote against anyone running as a Democrat in the November elections this year, one might argue that the already unpopular Obama has managed to lose a lot of the support he did have here.

Given the current political climate in these parts, then, one has to admire the spunk of an Obama supporter who drives around in an Oldsmobile with a couple of “Rednecks for Obama” bumper stickers slapped on it (and on the paint, no less — that’s dedication, folks).

One also has to ask — just what the hell is going on here?

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email =

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