Obama Greeted with Confederate Flags, Small City Mayor Calls Him ‘Monkey Man’

The blatant disrespect for President Barack Obama continues.

By Sheryl Estrada

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Demonstrators amongst Obama supporters in Oklahoma City.

Demonstrations this week in Oklahoma and the racist insults made by the mayor of Airway Heights, a small city in Washington, illustrate the lack of respect President Barack Obama, as well as First Lady Michelle Obama, have received during two terms in the White House.

Demonstrations in Oklahoma

President Obama visited Durant High School in Durant, Okla., on Wednesday to address to the Choctaw Nation concerning a new initiative, ConnectHome, which aims to increase high speed broadband to more families across the country.

A couple of dozen demonstrators gathered across the highway from the high school waving Confederate battle flags in the name of “heritage,” as well as signs reading “Southern Pride.”

Later that evening, the President’s motorcade was also greeted by about a dozen Confederate flag-waving demonstrators, mixed in with a larger group of Obama supporters, across the street from his hotel in downtown Oklahoma City.

Andrew Duncomb, a black man who calls himself the “black rebel,” organized the demonstration.

The Confederate battle flag, not one of national flags used to represent the Confederate nation during the Civil War, was removed from South Carolina’s capitol grounds on July 10, following Gov. Nikki Haley signing a bill into law, July 9.

The murder of nine members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. by Dylann Roof on June 17 created a public outcry for its removal as photos surfaced of Roof using the relic to perpetuate his ideology of hate.

According to KOCO 5 News, organizers of the demonstration in Durant said they wanted to “show respect to their flag,” not intending to show disrespect toward the President.” However, President Obama has made it clear what the flag symbolizes for many Americans.

On June 26, when giving the eulogy at the funeral of State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, pastor of Emanuel A.M.E. who was killed in the massacre, he discussed the Confederate battle flag.

“For many, black and white, that flag was a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation,” he said.  “We see that now.”

President Obama also explained the significance of removing the flag from South Carolina capitol grounds:

Removing the flag from this state’s capitol would not be an act of political correctness; it would not be an insult to the valor of Confederate soldiers. It would simply be an acknowledgment that the cause for which they fought — the cause of slavery — was wrong — the imposition of Jim Crow after the Civil War, the resistance to civil rights for all people was wrong. It would be one step in an honest accounting of America’s history; a modest but meaningful balm for so many unhealed wounds. It would be an expression of the amazing changes that have transformed this state and this country for the better, because of the work of so many people of goodwill, people of all races striving to form a more perfect union. By taking down that flag, we express God’s grace.

On Thursday, President Obama visited a federal prison in El Reno, Okla. to talk about criminal justice reform. He is the first sitting President to do so.

Mayor Insults the Obamas on Social Media

“Gorilla face Michelle, can’t disagree with that. The woman is not attractive except to monkey man Barack. Check out them ears. LOL.”

The Facebook post of Patrick Rushing, mayor of Airway Heights, a small city just west of Spokane, Wash., insults both Michelle Obama and President Obama. KHQ received the posting from one of his followers.

“It’s just playful back and forth banter that my friends and I do,” Rushing, mayor since 2010, said.

The Airway Heights City Council called for him to resign on Monday, but he refuses.

“I made a mistake. I owned up to my mistake,” Rushing said. “If I do resign that’s admitting I’m a racist and I’m not.”

Stanley Schwartz, city attorney, is drafting a resolution about the future of Rushing’s employment, which will have to be approved by the city council members. An Airway Heights city council meeting is scheduled for July 20 to discuss Rushing.

Apparently this isn’t the first time during his tenure as mayor that he has used his Facebook page to illustrate his disdain for President Obama. It’s reported he has made more than 75 questionable posts.

In May, during her commencement speech to Tuskegee University graduates, Mrs. Obama discussed “the chatter, the name calling, the doubting” she endures as the first black First Lady. Also in May, when President Obama sent the first tweet of the official Twitter account @POTUS, within 10 minutes, multiple racist Twitter users began replying to him using racial slurs.

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19 comments


  • Mayor Rushing should be FORCED to resign. There is no place for that kind of behavior or thinking in positions of power in the United States. Absolutely ridiculous.

    • THIS ATTITUDE AS PRESENTED NOT ONLY BY MR RUSHING (A LEADER??) BUT BY A LARGE SEGMENT OF OUR COMMUNITIES IS PART OF THE “WHITE PRIVELEDGE THAT HAS BECOME THE BLACK MAN’S BURDEN. BLACKS ARE EXPECTED TO ACCEPT DISRESPECTFUL BEHAVIOR , SMILE AND TURN THE OTHER CHEEK, EXHIBIT ALL THE CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES YOU WERE TAUGHT, WHILE THE MAJORITY STILL USE CHRISTIANITY TO KEEP THOSE UNWANTED IN THEIR PLACE. THIS ISSUE AND THOSE CONTRIBUTING ISSUES ARE GETTING OUT OF HAND. THIS COUNTRY OUGHT TO BE ABOUT BEING AN EXAMPLE OF UNITY AND TOLORANCE NOT THE DIVISIVENESS EXHIBITED BY THE INTOLORANT

  • Southern Pride? Taking pride for cruelty, racism and ignorance is certainly not a new expression of how the South chooses to honor itself.

  • In the picture shown above, I see some children. This is how prejudice continues.

  • Mayor Rushing should resign. Nobody in a position like that should abuse the power of his office by spouting such ugly nonsense.

    And the whole idea of southern pride being wrapped up in a confederate flag . . . I simply don’t get it, nor do I believe that was the purpose of the demonstration. It was just another way to disrespect our President. Both Mr. and Mrs. Obama have shown such amazing grace in the face of this never-ending barrage of racist vitriol. I feel for them and their daughters and I really wish this country would evolve past this sort of ugly garbage.

  • Frank McCloskey

    Let me see if I have this right; given the hatred and bigotry he publicly expressed, he believes if he now resigns it would indicate he is a racist and he says he is not?! This is beyond white denial in my opinion. It is even beyond delusion. Maybe if we combine both descriptions we have white delusional denial and we get somewhat closer to how screwed up this fellow really is. A couple of other disturbing aspects; it didn’t faze him that it was ok to say what he did and NOT have consequences and he really thinks there are people stupid enough to believe him when he says he is not racist? Yep, force him to resign.

    • Frank McCloskey

      One final thought. Racist idiots like this guy don’t bother me as much as others who believe this crap and are in a position of influence, going to church every Sunday but “cover” and do untold damage to respect, dignity, justice, and equality.

  • I live in the South but, personally, believe that the Confederate Battle Flag belongs in museums, and only there. However, demonstrators displaying the flag in this situation don’t bother me that much, since its role is currently the subject of public debate, and everyone — including those on the “wrong” side of this issue — is entitled to express their opinions. Comparing Black peopled to apes, however, is never acceptable, under any conceivable circumstance.

  • After 150 years of forced labor without pay (slavery), we are still a beautiful people in different shades of brown, a powerful undeniable force no matter the crucial curves they throw. Furthermore, they wonder why all foreigners disrespect our country. I submit that it is because so many rich, politicians, congressmen and others disrespect our country, President and First Lady with racial slurs and ugly things because of their brown skin. Brown skin that Caucasians lay out in the sun and get sun burned to obtain what we were given at birth. Jealousy and ignorance – that is my opinion of the Mayor Rushing in Washington. Mr. Rushing needs resign because obviously he has no common sense, which is a critical skillset needed by those who desire to be leaders. I am sure the people of Airway Heights would appreciate it.

  • On the folks with the confederate flags talking about heritage…Oklahoma was an Indian State the confederates wanted in their bunch. So, no…that was not an original southern state. And a black man organized this? I’ve spent time in Spokane…at the Idaho border. Not surprised that comes out of the mouth of people in that part of the country.

    I am not a fan of the President. But we must respect the office. And, to use noted racial slurs like this elected official did…and to say he was just kidding and he always kids like that…he must go. Good to see folks are quickly moving to do that.

    We have so long to go in America.

  • Forget about color or race.
    What I see is a blatant disrespect for America. Plain treason, when the man with the highest office in the land can be ridiculed by any inbred or low life that feels like doing so.
    Shame on all so called Americans, who watch these proceedings and keep quiet. SHAME.

  • Rickhunter338

    “It’s just playful back and forth banter that my friends and I do.” Last time I checked, a mayor is responsible for enforcing “all” the laws of a city, is the top guardian and protector of peace, directs the police force, manages the day-to-day operations of the city, and has direct input into public policy. ——- I guess leadership and professionalism weren’t requirements for the job. He SHOULD resign based on that comment alone. However, what would his friends say?

  • Here we go again, another Civil War. And guess who’s starting it; the South. They presented President Lincoln with the same flag, but she sent troops to correct the matter.

  • America shines in the world today economically and socially thanks to the great efforts of past presidents coupled with extraordinary leadership from our humble, god-fearing two term elected President Barrack H. Obama. His multi-talented soft-spoken lovely wife First Lady Michelle Obama and her two super star role model daughters are a blessing to American History. America the beautiful land of the Free and home of the Brave was built on the sweat and blood of all the races on Earth: Blacks, Browns, Pinks, Reds, and Yellows…. God bless America. Airway Heights deserves America’s Best.

    A new election to find a more competent Mayor is the right thing to do. Respect is a great asset for successful co-existence and economic progress of any country. Schools, Universities, Temples, Synagogues, Churches, Mosques…need to step up and take a stand on the “Evil” called Racism. Again

  • I am a proud mother of American born children and proud to love people of all races.

  • Why should he resign over something that everyone is thinking. He at least has the balls to post his thoughts on our FAILURE of a FRAUD IN OFFICE.

    • Some failure. Out of W’s two bogus wars, 3.5% mortgages 5.5% unemployment, more people out of poverty than ever before, $2 gas. Violent crime down over his term, the Feds abandoned for-profit prisons.

      I hope Hillary fails just as badly.

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