Monday, January 30, 2012

Controversial Portrait Of Former Mayor O'Brien Unveiled

Ottawa- Current Mayor Jim Watson unveiled two new official mayoral portraits of former mayors Bob Chiarelli and Larry O'Brien this evening, with O'Brien's portrait raising a few eyebrows as it was revealed. Recently in hot water over derogatory comments towards Spanish-Americans on his Twitter account, the new portrait does nothing to reduce his politically incorrect persona. Featuring O'Brien in a coonskin cap resembling the Alamo hero Davy Crockett who battled invading Mexicans during the Battle of the Alamo, the official portrait further elevates his somewhat controversial stance on Mexicans. A Twitter post referencing Spanish-Americans as "spics" led to O'Brien having to explain himself through recent interviews and his self published blog.

A crowd of onlookers and media fell into hushed tones as the official portrait was unveiled, with only O'Brien loudly applauding the painting that will hang in City Hall along with portraits of all other past Mayors. When questioned about his racially charged comments on Twitter, his blog and now the portrait, O'Brien only commented "Hey, at least now it looks like I have hair!" in reference to the fur hat that sits atop his bald head in the painting. Current Mayor Jim Watson and the artist commissioned to paint the portraits were quickly whisked away before any comments or questions were raised.

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