“Hey Obama, I built my business by myself, you lousy incompetent excuse for a President.”
These are the words that may have earned Oswego, Oregon business owner Kevin Kerwin, who calls himself “Kevin the Geek,” a palm to the face. Indeed, Kerwin claims that a sign he posted outside his store, bearing precisely these blunt words, induced a woman to enter his store with no intention to do anything other than slap him for bad-mouthing Obama.
Kerwin’s story was first noted by talk show host Victoria Taft, who describes the incident in question this way:
Kevin “The Geek” got an interesting customer yesterday at his Lake Oswego based business. A Dunthorpe doyenne entered his store, began berating the businessman for his anti Obama sign, and when he insisted he wouldn’t take it down, slapped him. He threatened to call the cops but she left and then shuffled across the street and lost herself in the stores and parking lot.[...]He didn’t get a picture or see her vehicle and doesn’t know her name so did not report her to police.Here’s what he sent me right after it happened,
Sent: Monday, August 6, 2012 2:54 PM
Subject: i was hit by a woman democrat todayA woman from Dunthorpe came in my shop today and got upset and hit me. things are getting a little tense around here.
Still trying to save the United States from idiots
You can hear Taft interview Kerwin about the incident here.
In the absence of corroborating evidence, it’s difficult to know for sure exactly what happened. However, there is evidence that this wasn’t the only angry response Kerwin received for his sign. One liberal posted the following note on his business’ window in response to the sign:
It should be noted that Oregon is a blue state, so Kerwin’s sign is a fairly gutsy show of contrary opinion in what amounts to hostile territory. And if he was slapped for putting it up, that was clearly the wrong response. Hopefully, this story will be resolved properly.