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Someone Expertly Repurposed An Old Obama Campaign Sign Into A Cry For Help

(Photo courtesy of Steve Byrnes)
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Desperate times call for desperate lawn ornaments. Residents of one Pacific Palisades home have gone full S.O.S., sending out a not-so-subtle message to passerby about their feelings on the current state of the nation. And they had just the prop needed to make their point: a lawn sign from former President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign, repurposed as a plaintive plea for help.

On Monday, Santa Monica writer Steve Byrnes was on a brisk walk with his friend Lauren when he encountered the sign, which replaces "2012" with the word "HELP!" written in what appears to be purple marker. "I sort of laugh-cheered," he said. "It was simple, yet profound. Expressing what so many of us are feeling."

"It was like a Craigslist ad on a stick," Byrnes mused. "We have the bad father running our country, the angry, drunken father... And a mere two months ago, we had the good father. The reasonable, kind father. And then I took the picture."

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