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A man in California is re-thinking his decision to put up a doll made in the likeness of President Obama, with a noose around its neck.

Eddie Million of Moreno Valley now realizes that it was a bad idea to hang a Obama doll from a tree in his yard, but only after he received complaints and was visited by the Secret Service.

Million asserts that the whole thing isn’t a racist threat, but “just a misunderstanding.”

Speaking to reporters following his meeting with the Secret Service Tuesday (Oct. 23) night, he told everyone to calm their nerves. “This is getting all blown out of proportion. It’s down. It’s gone. We didn’t’ want to hurt the president.”

Instead, Million’s alleged intent was to hang “something spooky,” before his forthcoming Halloween party. “A noose is scary.”

After neighbors complained, and a reporter wrote a story about it, authorities got involved. “I started thinking how bad it looked and took it down immediately,” he added. “If I had to do it 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.

For now Million’s name has been added to a file, and agency has made note of the occurrence.

Click below to see a larger photo of the doll.


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