Picture of the Homemade Obama Sign I Put on My Lawn

I live in a part of California that has started to trend Democratic in registration, but is still dominated, both in the editorial slant of the local paper, as well as in elected offices, by Republicans.

Thus, when I walked my neighborhood yesterday, I found one Obama-Biden yard sign—and three McCain-Palin yard signs.

And I also was frankly appalled at the plethora of “Yes on Proposition 8” (the anti-gay marriage proposition on the California ballot) yard signs. There were perhaps seven of those scattered about through the neighborhood.

Not to be outdone, I decided to make this homemade Obama sign and put it on my family’s yard:

Things can be different.

Go Obama.



Unfortunately, yesterday, someone knocked down my homemade sign TWICE. I was at work, and my wife put it back up BOTH TIMES.

But then she drove to her office at work to get something, and when she came back, the sign was gone.

As a form of protest, perhaps anybody who reads this can say, “I’ll make a sign and put it on my yard,” then post here that you did so.

As for me, look at the tree BEHIND the sign. Notice that it sheds its bark and has a nice, smooth surface. By this weekend I intend to WRITE “Obama 08” on my tree.

They can’t steal my tree, can they?

That’s going to be my form of pushback to the person who violated my free speech rights.

I’ll post a picture of the new tree sign when I do it.



Below is my new “Obama 08” sign. They can’t steal my tree, can they?

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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7 Responses to Picture of the Homemade Obama Sign I Put on My Lawn

  1. D says:

    I like the home made sign. Not only does it display your support, but it shows that you gave it a bit of thought over the pre-made ones.

    My housing development has an HOA that forbids yard signs, with the exception of “for sale”. I’m glad the rule is in the books, because it does prevent neighbors disliking neighbors solely based upon displays of support for political candidates. I know I would find myself posting an Obama sign if there were a McCain one within the vicinity of my house.

  2. futurestandard says:

    nice sign, good for you.

  3. santitafarella says:

    i admit it does feel like an obnoxious gesture—but people can see my obama stickers on my car too—so i figured, “oh, what the hell. i’ll play the role of the village liberal.”

  4. Shane says:

    I like the sign. I believe we should all be making homemade signs to really show the support. As one D said is shows thought.
    Here is the one we did in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.

  5. Shane says:

    I am really sorry to hear about the sign. I like the tree idea. As for our sign we have snetry duty set up for Halloween night. The supports of the sign are 3 feet deep so that helps a lot. Have you thought of getting together with friends and creating something they would have a hard time knocking over? It is a great project that we all enjoyed. Whatever you do don’t get discouraged.

  6. santitafarella says:


    thanks for the encouragement.

    i made my tree sign for obama, and will post an image of it shortly.

    i hope somebody out there makes a homemade lawn sign, and declares it here in this post, in solidarity with my family against the person who took my original sign down.


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