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Georgia Businessman Refuses to Hire Until Obama is Fired

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WACO, Ga.) -- A Georgia businessman has an ultimatum for America: fire President Obama, or he will not hire any more workers.

Bill Looman, owner of U.S. Cranes LLC, said he is fed up with the bad economy and D.C. politicians who do nothing to solve the problem. So until there is a change of leadership, his company trucks will bear the message: “New Company Policy: We Are Not Hiring Until Obama Is Gone.”

“The message that I tried to put in there is that I cannot afford it,” Looman told ABC News. “I just cannot afford to hire anybody right now.”

Looman, whose company operates cranes at construction sites, said he has had to lay off three of his nine employees because of the bad economy. He said overregulation and the cost of complying with federal mandates has caused many of his customers to shut their doors.

“The buck stops [at Obama],” he said. “He is the leader of this nation and he needs to assume that postion and understand it is his fault, ultimately.”

Although the signs went up about six months ago, photos of the “new company policy” went viral on the internet Monday, WXIA-TV first reported.

“I didn’t intend for it to get to this level,” Looman said. “Maybe it will put a new perspective on what’s happening out here to middle America.”

The reaction -- partially positive but mostly negative -- was so overwhelming that Looman said he had to temporarily shut down his website and disconnect his phone lines.

“Verbally there were a lot of threats,” he said.  ”People were running my technicians off the road. They were focused on trying to make that message something more than it was.”

In a post on his Facebook page on Tuesday, Looman addressed the criticism, writing that added attention had been good for business.

“To all my liberal friends...thank you for the two new customers that came on board today because you idiots are attacking me,” Looman wrote. “One new customer states...’You got nerve, so you got my business.’ I may have to hire after all.”

While the barrage of criticism did not hit until this week, the backlash began shortly after the photos were first posted. Looman said he got an unexpected visit from the Secret Service after someone reported to the FBI that he was a possible threat to national security.

“They gave me the typical interview to see if I was a threat,” Looman said. “We actually had a good meeting and when they left, they were under the impression that they wasted their time.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Obama to Meet with Mark Zuckerberg Thursday 

Photo Courtesy - Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- On Thursday, President Obama will travel to San Francisco, California, where he will meet with a number of business leaders, including the 26-year-old founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, according to a source familiar with the meeting.

Zuckerberg will be among many business leaders in technology and innovation the president will sit down and talk to, as he continues to sell his State of the Union message.

“The President and the business leaders will discuss our shared goal of promoting American innovation, and discuss his commitment to new investments in research and development, education and clean energy,” a White House official said.

The president recently held Facebook up in his State of the Union address as an example of a successful American concept and business.

“We are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices; the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers; of Google and Facebook,” President Obama said in his State of the Union address, “In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives. It’s how we make a living.”

But the president and first lady have both spoken about the perils of the social networking site in the past.

“I want everybody here to be careful about what you post on Facebook ‘cause in the YouTube age, whatever you do it will be pulled up again later somewhere in your life,” Obama said in 2009 to a group of high school students in Arlington, Virginia. “And when you’re young, you make mistakes and you do some stupid stuff and I’ve been hearing a lot about young people, they’re posting stuff on Facebook and then suddenly they go apply for a job and someone’s got to search.”

Just last week, first lady Michelle Obama said she’s not a fan of having young kids on Facebook, so she has not allowed her daughters to have a Facebook profile, even though they don’t yet qualify for the age of joining.

“I’m not a big fan of young kids having Facebook,” Mrs. Obama said on the Today show last week. “So, you know, it's not something they need. It's not necessary right now.”

The White House plans to release the full list of business leaders joining Mr. Obama and Zuckerberg tomorrow. On Friday, the president will travel from California to Hillsboro, Oregon, where he will visit Intel as part of a two-day West Coast swing.

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