For nearly two years a hand-made homage to Obama—artistically interpreted in mosaic tile—alternately cheered and annoyed travelers on Charlottesville’s Route 250 by-pass.
Then, one day, poof! It was gone.
An inspection of the site yielded no evidence of vandalism or destruction; no shards of smashed ceramic were detected. Instead, it appears that the sign was cleanly and deliberately relocated from the controversial spot by the property owner, Democrat City Councilor Kristin Szakos.
While the placard’s sudden removal left many wondering if even the Marxist-leaning Szakos had abandoned her president (for whom she worked diligently in 2008), there was another, more practical reason for the sign’s miraculous disappearance: Councilor Szakos did not want to embarrass fellow Socialist Tom Perriello during the waning weeks of his re-election campaign!
Shortly after President Obama was banished from the Szakos property, Tom Perriello appeared—in the form of a monstrous 3 x 6 foot yard sign. Szakos likely received the Perriello talking points memo instructing supporters to distance the embattled boy-Congressman from all things Obama. Szakos, a loyal progressive minion, immediately complied.
As it stands, Perriello supporters (and the Congressman, himself) can follow one of two paths to November 2:
- Embrace President Obama and his policies (and suffer certain electoral defeat), or
- Deny President Obama and his policies (and attempt to pull-off another long-shot victory)
While Two-faced Tom Perriello has chosen to simultaneously pursue both strategies, depending on his immediate surroundings and current wind conditions, Szakos wisely has selected the more pragmatic path.
In removing the iconic mosaic—an idol of great personal significance to her—Councilor Szakos has acknowledged that “guilt by association” with President Obama surely will sink any remaining “hope” for Tom Perriello’s re-election to the United States Congress.
See before and after photos of the missing Obama mosaic: