Picture of President Obama at Peterson Air Force Base Causing Controversy

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Some civilian workers at Peterson Air Force Base have submitted a petition and a union grievance over the removal of a picture of President Barack Obama at the commissary.

President Barack Obama makes opening remarks during his first prime time televised news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

Some civilian workers at Peterson Air Force Base have submitted a petition and a union grievance over the removal of a picture of President Barack Obama at the commissary.

Commissary employee Lavonda Bacon says the picture was on a sign listing the store's Presidents day hours. She says employees were told a customer complained that presidents day is only for George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, not current presidents.

Bacon says the day is meant to honor all presidents. She suspects racism was behind the complaint. The petition asks for an investigation into whether the environment is hostile toward racial minorities.

The commissary manager and a Peterson spokesman didn't immediately return calls.


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