California man’s hanged Obama effigy brings surprise trick or treat visit from the Secret Service
A southern California man’s Halloween decoration of a hanged President Obama brought the Secret Service to his door.
Eddie Million of Moreno Valley now admits it was a bad idea to hang the president in effigy by a noose as a halloween prank from a tree in his front yard, the Press-Enterprise reported.
But he said the whole thing was “just a misunderstanding.”
“This is getting all blown out of proportion,” he told reporters Tuesday night after meeting with Secret Service agents. “It’s down. It’s gone. We didn’t want to hurt the president.”
Million said his only intent was to put up “something spooky” before his big Halloween party. “A noose is scary.” He bought the Obama mask last year at a clearance sale.
Neighbors complained about the effigy hanged among the zombies and headstones. Local media reported on it, and Million got a visit from the cops Monday.
“I started thinking how bad it looked, and I took it down immediately,” he said — but not before the Secret Service got wind of it and gave him an even bigger scare.
Agents told him his decoration “could have been construed as a threat to the president,” he told Press-Enterprise. “They said my name is going to be on file. They said they’re just going to make a note.”
Now, he says, “If I had it to do all over again, I absolutely wouldn’t have done it. It was not meant to offend anybody. It was just supposed to be a decoration.”