Feds probe Obama effigy in Jimmy Carter's hometown


In this image made from video and released by WALB-TV News, Monday, Jan 4, 2010, an effigy of President Barack Obama is seen hanging by a noose from a building in the hometown of former President Jimmy Carter, in Plains, Ga. Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told The Associated Press that the large black doll was found Saturday morning along Main Street in the small town of Plains, Ga.

WALB-TV News/The Associated Press
Published: Monday, January 4, 2010 at 2:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 4, 2010 at 2:14 p.m.

PLAINS, Ga. — The mayor of former President Jimmy Carter's hometown says the city acted immediately to remove an effigy of President Barack Obama that was found hanging from a building.

Mayor L.E. Godwin III said Monday he was shocked when the large black doll was found Saturday morning on Main Street in the small Georgia town.

U.S. Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan says the agency is investigating. He declined to elaborate.

Footage from WALB-TV showed the doll hanging by a noose in front of an official sign that says "Plains, Georgia. Home of Jimmy Carter, our 39th President."

A witness told the television station that the doll wore a sign with Obama's name on it.

Godwin says he couldn't read the sign on the doll because it was curled up.

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