VIDEO: President Barack Obama Makes an Appearance at Sixth and Myrtle in Stillwater

“People look, they laugh, they smile, and they waive,” Pat Zanko said as she stood on Myrtle Hill Saturday, holding a life-size cutout of President Barack Obama. “People from Stillwater get why I’m here, on this particular corner.”

“People look, they laugh, they smile, and they waive,” Pat Zanko said as she stood on the corner of Sixth and Myrtle on Saturday, holding a life-size cutout of President Barack Obama.

“People from Stillwater get why I’m here on this particular corner.”

Of course we do. Sandwich boards lambasting Obama and his policies have been a regular fixture in the front yard of Ron Christoffersen’s home on Myrtle Hill for a few years now.

So what did you think?

Did you honk? Laugh? Smile? Stop for a photo? Flip the bird? Are you celebrating the 57th Presidential Inauguration? Talk about it in the comment section below, and upload your photos to this post.

Sue Baldwin January 20, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Everyone in Stillwater knows the corner that you are standing on. I am glad that he found some humor in what you were doing. Thanks for bringing some fun and positive attention to the 57th Presidential Inauguration tomorrow (and also today.)
Susan January 20, 2013 at 01:07 PM
You go girl!! I was thrilled to see you, your prop, and your obvious cheerful attitude about it, on this particular corner. We all know it, many of us roll our eyes, but you did something. Thank you for changing it up and doing it in a happy and fun way!
Bob January 20, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Typical stillwater liberals, in your face rudeness!
Bob January 20, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Susan I wouldn't say many
Susan January 20, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Thanks to the First Amendment, I can say almost anything I want. So can Mr. Christoffersen and so can Ms. Zanko. Over 70,000 people in Washington County voted for President Obama in November. I feel more than confident saying "many" people have rolled their eyes at Mr. Christoffersen's negative and often mean spirited (never mind misinformed) statements about The President of The United States.
Jackie January 20, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Well the 1st amendment as well as my son and all the others in uniform protects those "misinformed" and "mean spirited" comments and your "I think i'm better than you because I voted for Obama" attitude.
Susan January 20, 2013 at 01:47 PM
I passionately thank your son for his service but I had free speech long before he joined the military. You are wrong about me in your genalizations but I find that typical with Conservatives, so if we want to speak in generalities that's fine, but I've found it to be anything but productive. Do you know that your IP address remains the same even if you change your name?
Pam French January 20, 2013 at 02:14 PM
I missed it! What a great way to respond to a conservative's in-your-face rudeness!
MaryJo January 20, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Oh, and like Christoffersen's signs weren't rude? Please... At least Ms. Zanko has a sense of humor.
Christine January 20, 2013 at 04:25 PM
LOVE STILLWATER!! Always a " HOT " town! :)
Mary January 20, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Great story Stillwater Patch! I missed seeing Pat out there but delighted to see her interview here. I applaud her good-natured use of free speech.
Cara Madetzke January 20, 2013 at 05:01 PM
"The best way of removing negativity is to laugh and be joyous". Way to go, Pat Zanko! Proud to call you my mom!
Jennifer Prettyman-Hall January 20, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Way to go Pat! I would have joined you had I known. Ron Christoffersen's signs are rude & disrespectful, and really the best way to deal with that kind of ignorance is to smile & laugh at it. The majority of people who didn't vote for Obama still would never post such hateful signs on their lawns.
Darcy Bell-Myers January 20, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Love this! Thanks for the smile on Inauguration Day.
Jennifer T. January 20, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Oh how I love this...it made me smile a big toothy grin. I usually giggle and grin when I walk or drive by this house, an immediate reflex action to ridiculousness of this man's misinformed signs (just my opinion), but also because I am truly happy that he has the freedom to express his opinions just as Mrs. Zanko does. I wish I would have seen this in person, as I would have hugged both Mrs. Zanko and the sign. Today is a great day.
Susan Dustin January 20, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Pat, this was great. Who knew this cut out would provide so much fun when Margo bought it 4 years ago? You had a great idea!!!
Valerie January 20, 2013 at 10:47 PM
In my opinion, the comments Mr. Christoffersen makes are just idiotic nonsense and often times downright hateful. His comments are not helpful, and I don't see why he thinks it's necessary to rant like that, but I defend and tolerate his right to free speech. I also support Pat's right to express her disapproval and I think she did it in a very (and rather fun) manner.
HMW January 21, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Ron has a right to his own opinions. He is a decent person. He and I (a confirmed liberal), used to ride share together many years ago. We had some interesting conversations. I usually just laugh at his sandwich boards. I think it is hysterical that Ms Zanko did this, and I"m sure Ron thought it was funny also. One thing I know Ron would agree with is that we all have our first amendment right to freedom of speech. Stillwater has always had an assortment of colorful characters, and Ron is one of them.....His political views differ from mine, but that is what makes life interesting, and it does not make him a "bad" person. And yes, if I had seen her out there, I would have honked and waved also...and if I had seen Ron out there I would have stopped to chat.
Shawn Hogendorf January 21, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Well said, HMW.
Susan January 21, 2013 at 04:10 PM
I agree. I don't mean to bash him, only point out that his messages are most often negative and one could almost say hateful...especially when he had the dunce hat (or something like that) on our president. As most here know, I am very grateful for free speech and take advantage of it a lot. As I am typing this, I am realizing that I too am often negative and will take my own comment here to heart. :-) I am very happy we have free speech and respect others right to the same!


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