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S.C. anti-Obama sign draws attention

NEWPORT -- The sign is huge, about 4 feet by 6 feet, and three words scream out at drivers heading west on one of York County's busiest roads, S.C. 161 between Rock Hill and York.

The three words are "Obama," and "racist" and "idiot."

Not to see the sign is to drive blind. The sign works.

Obama is Barack Obama, America's first black president. The guy who owns the sign brought in the words "racist" and "idiot" to get people's attention.

The guy is white.

The words are next to another big sign, which says Obamacare gives you a headache and other ailments, on the chain-link fence of Bursey's Auto.

The full text of the sign says, "If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you weren't a racist, you'd better vote for someone else in 2012 to prove you're not an idiot!"

The sign had me. I pulled over, said I was with the newspaper, and asked to speak to the owner of the shop and sign, because surely this sign was a story.

"My name is Reggie Bursey and I paid for that sign, so I guess you talk to me," he said.

Co-owner Reggie Bursey, who calls himself "a proud conservative," put up the sign after he paid for it to be painted with the money he earns as a small businessman selling and fixing cars. Anybody who puts up a sign like this, and stops what he is doing to talk about why, is all right by me, even if the sign makes no sense.

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