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Laundromat Owners Offer Olive Branch to Obama Supporters

Owners at Rogers Linen Services on Douglas Avenue removed a controversial sign against President Barack Obama, and in its place, painted another message.

Victor and Karen Rogers don't want any hard feelings left over from their political statement in the 2012 election.

Their sentiment is painted on a storefront window at  in the same place a controversial sign suggesting President Barack "Obama Can Kiss My Ass" for his July "You Didn't Build That" campaign speech in Roanoke, VA.

To get off on better footing in 2013, Victor Rogers had another message painted in his store window a week before the president's inauguration on Jan. 21:

"The Election is over the talk is done. My Party lost, your Party Won. So let us be friends, let argument pass. I'll hug my elephant, You kiss your Ass."

It's a poem he found on Facebook, which is where he also found the "Kiss My Ass" sign hung during the election.

Victor Rogers said that although it attracted a lot of support, picture-takers and hand-shakers from customers and strangers who thanked him for expressing what many others wished they had the "balls" to say (as well as one person who called to complain and 273 comments on Dunedin Patch), it was time for it to come down.

He wants his Douglas Avenue window front to stay fresh and remain a platform for political statements.

"I'm working to make this end of Dunedin red," Victor Rogers said with a smile inside the laundromat and linen rental service he's owned with his wife for 26 years.

A loyal patron named David interrupted.

"I don't agree with them ideologically," he said. "But I keep coming here. These are friendly folks. ... And I love our president."

Inside the couple's laundromat hangs a quilted Americana wall hanging, handmade by Victor's aunt who lives in the Midwest. Toward the back of the room is more red, white and blue decor. 

And on the wall in the back hangs the sign that started it all.

Previous Coverage: 

  • Laundromat Owner Takes Stand Against Obama
  • Comment of the Week: A Call for Civility

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David Barmore January 29, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Jasminetea, facts are facts. Drop by any laundromat and it becomes apparant this is the primary deimographic. Google an upscale large area like Fishhawk ranch and see if you can even find ONE laundromat there. Google laundromat demographic and you'll see the same, urban, renta, lower income. I'm sure even Donald Trump has used a laundromat at some time in his life, but you wouldn't want to open one next door to him, thinking you'd get rich off his business. It would be foolish, wouldn't it?
Nokomis January 30, 2013 at 01:32 AM
Considering the Dunedin community is so very gay friendly, I think it is in poor choice for the owners of this establishment to try and turn their end of Dunedin "red". Granted, I am aware of the fact that it is a sweeping statement to assume that all Republicans are against gay rights, but it does not bode well considering many are. I do believe in the freedom of speech, as long as you do it with tact.
Forwardnotbackwards January 30, 2013 at 05:13 AM
lol........funny thing about the right wing "family values" crowd. Look at how many them get caught doing what they, supposedly, are against. Look at right here, in Florida. Lest we remember Mark Foley and his "boy page" problem. Remember Ted Haggard, Mr. "Christian," who was the Bush White House minister, and his gay escort. How about Robert Allen, a Florida State Representative, was arrested for offering to perform fellatio to an undercover cop in the men's room of a park for $20. It’s always weird when people are so adamantly against something then they go ahead and gets caught doing the thing they were so against. How does it go...he that doth protest too much, me thinks, me thinks. There is no end to "red" hypocrisy........☺
Jackson Winters February 21, 2013 at 07:01 PM
I certainly chuckled when I saw the new message in the window. But it's not the way the "poem" was originally written. The last sentence should read: "I'll hug YOUR elephant, You kiss MY ass"
Carole March 14, 2013 at 05:42 PM
I stopped going there many years ago. Karen took my wet clothes out of a washer and threw them on her filithy floor becaause i had the neve to order breakfast from Iris's while i was using her facility. She's a nut job!!! Victor was always nice when she wasn't around, perhaps a little too nice and flirty if you know what I mean. I've lived on Douglas Ave walking distance to their laundrymat fo 20 years. This neighborhood isn't going red anytime soon. In fact it's turned bluer!

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