Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009 was a day local author, activist and photographer Lisa Law will never forget.
She was wintering in the Mexican Riviera and assembled a group of 80 or so expats to watch Barack Obama being sworn in as the 44th president of the United States on four big screens propped inside the Vallarta Botanical Gardens.
“We were all there together crying our eyes out, laughing, singing along with Joan Baez to ‘We Shall Overcome’ and celebrating that we [had] finally elected a president that we really wanted,” the 69-year-old reminisces.
“It was just…amazing.”
Once back, first thing on the agenda was ridding her dark blue 2002 GMC Envoy of hundreds of pro-Obama and anti-Bush stickers.
“We had won. I didn’t need to blast Bush anymore, and I wanted to get his name off my car,” she says.
For the boys at Squeaky Clean Car Wash, it was also a day they would not soon forget.
“It took them three days,” she says with a chuckle.
Obama’s bid for reelection being official, Law knew it was time to get back on the saddle.
She’s lost count of how many stickers cover her automobile and instead ballparks it at “around $300 worth.”
This time, she also designed her own, which she printed at the Copy Shack and sells off the back of her car for $1 a pop. They’re emblazoned with messages like “Back by popular demand, New Mexico for Barack Obama” and “I know Barack Obama personally and I want him to be my president for a second term…” which features a picture of Obama shaking Law’s hand during an appearance in Albuquerque.
“I’m going to be out every day,” Law says, parked by the Plaza. “I consider myself the Obamamobile, and I’m a roving office. Pretty soon I’ll [also] be carrying lawn signs,” the grandmother of five adds.
She shies away from announcing her whereabouts on social media sites, leaving encounters with supporters up to chance.
“Basically, they have to run into me, because I move around,” she says, but she tries to hit “key points around the city.”
A 2008 study titled “Territorial Markings as a Predictor of Driver Aggression and Road Rage” by a group of psychologists from Colorado State University revealed that drivers displaying a large number of personalized items on their car, including bumper stickers, were 16 percent more likely to be involved in cases of road rage—a reaction Law has experienced firsthand both on and off the road.
“One person today walked by my car and said, ‘How embarrassing,’ and then somebody else said, ‘You should take a picture of her car,’ and he said, ‘Why would I dirty my camera?’”
Though she tries to brush it off, it’s easy to “get a little agitated.”
“It bothers me a little because they’re so nasty, and I can tell that they’re prejudiced and they don’t even know what they’re talking about…they’re a bunch of dummies.”
Her home’s exterior, she says, also reflects her passion for the incumbent.
“He sends me things, you know? And then I put those up, too.”
Law’s got a message for those that would dub her a fanatic: “They better go look in the mirror, because they’re talking about themselves. I just want to have a good person for my president, and I’m out there to make a difference.”
She also has a plan should anyone ever vandalize her car by sticking a pro-Romney sticker on it.
“I would take it right off,” she says, determined, adding, “Nobody bothers my car. They respect it.”
More pictures of the "Obamamobile" bellow: