by the Left Coast Rebel
Obama came to Los Angeles yesterday and the mindless youth drones at USC, where he spoke, gave him an enthusiastic reception.
USC even built a special platform on which he spoke to the students. The platform was built by a union shop (of course) and in case you didn't hear about it, a union guy wearing a shirt with the name George H.W. Bush on it (above) was fired for wearing it. Meet Duane Hammond:
(KTLA) (USC) -- Don't try wearing a Bush hat or sweatshirt at an Obama rally.What an absurd story. More over at Memeorandum.
Duane Hammond says it's what got him fired. Hammond is a union stagehand who was part of the crew that built the platform for the Obama event on campus.
He came to work early this morning wearing clothing that says "George H. W. Bush". Hammond's son is in the Navy, currently serving on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. George H. W. Bush.Hammond says he was not trying to make a political statement. He says he got the sweatshirt and hat during a visit to the aircraft carrier on Family Day. The back of his sweatshirt has a large drawing of the ship.
That didn't go over well with his union supervisor. Hammond says he was told to take off the sweatshirt, or he would have to go home.
He refused. They told him he was fired from the job.
James Wright, a business representative from IATSE Local 33, says the union is still investigating what happened.
"If he was sent home because of the sweatshirt, he will be paid for the day," he said.
***UPDATE: Duane Hammond says union officials called him this afternoon to apologize for the incident. He say they are "bending over backwards" to make it up to him.