Secret Service Visits Man Who Hanged Obama Effigy as Halloween Decoration

Eddie Million said the whole thing was blown out of proportion, but took the prop down after neighbors complained and cops visited his home.

Posted: 10/25/2012 02:24 PM EDT

A California man who hanged a President Barack Obama effigy as part of his Halloween decoration not only caught the eye of neighbors, local media and cops, but Secret Service agents also stopped by the Moreno Valley home to give him a warning.

Eddie Million said he "didn't want to hurt the president," but after seeing how it could send out the wrong message, he decided to take the doll down.


In his attempt to create a "spooky" front yard for his Halloween party, Million attached an Obama mask to some clothes and used a noose to hang the effigy from a tree. Zombies and headstones were also part of the scene, which was covered by local media. The prop was taken down after cops visited his home Monday.

Secret Service agents stopped by Tuesday to tell him they would put his name on file and make note of the situation.


"I started thinking how bad it looked, and I took it down immediately," Million said. "If I had it to do all over again, I absolutely wouldn't have done it. It was not meant to offend anybody. It was just supposed to be a decoration."


Last month, a Texas man was also taken to task for hanging an empty chair from a tree on his front lawn — a nod to Clint Eastwood's prop during his Republican National Convention speech where he referred to an invisible Obama sitting on the chair.



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