On Thursday, we brought you the story about New Orleans resident Timothy Reily's controversial lawn signs -- you know, the ones featuring President Barack Obama as a puppet and a crying baby in a diaper (currently, there are four billboards).
Now, Denny Schaffer, a morning show host at New Orleans' WRNO-RADIO, has the first and only (so far) interview with Reily, who explains that he posted the signs out of frustration:
"I have a lot of frustration built up with where the country's going."
He says he's upset about how Obama's has handled the office of the presidency and that the signs reflect his opinion on the president. And apparently, he's been putting up such signs for about four years, explaining that he occasionally rotates and changes them.
This runs somewhat contrary to other reports in which neighbors say he's been posting these signs for "months." While residents are clearly divided, Reily believes that most people are supportive of his public opposition to the president. He explains, "All my neighbors seem to love it...my neighbors are basically in love with it."
Watch his comments, below (the interview starts at about the 2:50 mark):
Reily defends his free speech and the right to have the signs on his property, but some people aren't so sure the billboards are appropriate -- or legal, for that matter. As we reported on Thursday:
New Orleans residents protested in front of a local man’s house Wednesday after he put up several signs in his yard depicting President Barack Obama as a puppet and a crying baby in a diaper, with one city council member even trying to determine whether the signs can forcibly removed.
Below, see video of the protesters as well as local residents responding to the signs. You'll also see City Council Member Susan Guidry discuss her opinions on the matter (i.e.: she wants the billboards removed):
(H/T: WRNO producer James Parker)