MISSOULA (AP) — A bullet-riddled outhouse labeled "Obama Presidential Library" containing a fake birth certificate for Barack Hussein Obama and graffiti that read "For a Good Time," and a reference to first lady Michelle Obama was on display at the Montana Republican Convention in Missoula.
The Missoulian reports the display on Saturday also contained "For a Good Time" references to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, her name circled in red.
The display, painted to look as if it had numerous bullet holes, was parked outside Missoula's Hilton Garden Inn that drew some 500 convention goers.
The convention also included a raffle for a 12-gauge shotgun, shovel and duct tape, a reference to "Shoot, Shovel and Shut Up," involving the illegal killing of wolves or federally protected species such as grizzly bears. The newspaper reported convention goers burst into laughter at the raffle reference.
Former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, the keynote speaker at the convention on Saturday, said if he won the raffle, he'd give the prize to his 10-year-old grandson.
It's unclear who brought the outhouse display. It also was on display at the Memorial Day parade in Corvallis in Ravalli County.
Will Deschamps, state GOP chairman, dismissed the outhouse as "a sideshow" and said he didn't know who brought it to the convention.
"It's not something I'm going to agonize over," he said. "Some of that stuff is not real good taste. We do have a president of the United States, and we have to honor that."
In his speech, Gingrich targeted Obama's eased enforcement of the nation's immigration laws on Friday, offering a chance for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to stay in the country and work. Embraced by Hispanics, his action touched off an election-year confrontation with many Republicans.
It bypasses Congress and partially achieves the goals of the "DREAM Act," stalled legislation that would have provided a pathway to citizenship for young illegal immigrants who went to college or served in the military.
"We do not have a commander in chief, we have a dreamer-in-chief," Gingrich said.