Here is Hafley's bulletproof and harebrained reasoning behind his statue and why President Obama has a watermelon in his hands:
“The way I look at it, it's freedom of speech,” said Danny Hafley. “I don't know how other people will take it.”
“That's my buddy,” Hafley said. “He don't talk. Don't make no smart comments. If I had a dollar for everyone who stopped and took a picture of it I'd be a millionaire.”
When asked the reason behind the watermelon, Hafley responded that he thought the figure “might get hungry standing out here.”
While several neighbors didn't find anything wrong with the life-sized doll and said Hafley had the right to display it, one anonymous neighbor felt others would find it racist.
“If he wants to place it someplace else that would be fine,” said the neighbor. “We don't have black people in this community but I'm sure they travel this road like everybody else does. They could be offended. I don't agree with it.”
Hafley says he doesn't plan on taking down the display until the springtime or whenever it gets him in trouble.
“He's pretty popular,” Hafley said. “If he's as popular in Washington as he is here then he's a popular man.”
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