Oklahoma lawyers play games with President Obama's portrait


Bunch of frackin' 5 year olds. If I lived in OK, I'd be working on recalls this morning.

The portrait of President Barack Obama that hangs in the House chamber will be secured in its spot, Speaker Chris Benge said Thursday.

The statement came after debate over a health care measure was sidetracked by discussion over the photo’s location.

House Joint Resolution 1054, which would let Oklahomans decide whether to opt out of any proposed federal health care reform plan, overwhelmingly was approved by House members.

During debate on the measure, Rep. Mike Shelton protested that someone had switched the president’s portrait with a picture of Gov. Brad Henry along the back wall of the chamber.

Shelton, D-Oklahoma City, said it was the second time the Democratic president’s picture had been moved.


Benge, R-Tulsa, said he thinks the portrait swap was based on differing views on policy. Reforming the national health care system is a key objective of the president.