Anti-Obama mood even hits cardboard regatta

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Like other silly boats entered in the first ever Deep Creek Cup staged a week ago in the western Maryland resort area of Deep Creek Lake, the "Nobama" wasn't expected to win the race. But, to much applause, it easily made the point its builder was striving for: sinking support for the S.S. Obama.

"The country can't afford another four years of Barack Obama," said "shipbuilder" Dave Niesslein, a prominent dentist from nearby Farmington, Pa. "He's an idiot."

Niesslein's "Nobama" was entered in the July 28 races along with other cardboard and funny looking vessels made from junk. He used a 16-foot ladder, rusted bike and whatever he could get his hands on to build it. The four-man boat moved with the help of two oars, one named "Hope," the other "Change."

On Tuesday, he told Secrets, "it was all show and no go, just like Obama. We used all sorts of stuff that was supposed to work but didn't."

That a prominent dentist would be so forward with his anti-Obama feelings in public is a sign of just how fed up some in rural America is with the president. Niesslein said he feels Obama has fumbled the economy and he's worried about the impact of Obamacare on the medical industry.

While the Nobama didn't win the "open class" race it was entered in, the boat was awarded with "Judges Design Award," from the sponsors, the Deep Creek Lake Lions Club, another indication of the area's political sentiment. Popular in the McHenry, Md. area also known for the Wisp ski resort are signs that read "LOL," with the "O" the Obama campaign symbol.