A few days after President Barack Obama won his second term, Rafael Medina wanted everyone to know how much he supported the Commander in Chief.
And to show his true colors, Medina gave his car a new paintjob—writing: “Toma De Posistion Viva Obama” on his Chevy Nova, which translates into “Take your position, Long Live Obama.”
Medina, a 73-year-old Ecuadorian who used to own an import-export furniture business on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, was driving around Seventh Avenue in his Obamamobile, trying to spread passion for the President of the United States of America.
“I love Obama as my president, he’s leading us into the right direction,” Medina said in Spanish while parked on Second Street on Friday. “I’m so happy that he got re-elected.”
Medina, who has lived in Red Hook for over 40 years, bought his Chevy Nova 15 years ago. Although it’s an old car, he drives it everyday and is the “love of his life.”
He is constantly working on his Nova; and when Obama got re-elected, he felt that there was no better way to show his appreciation than to let his car tell Brooklynites where his patriotism lies.
“Obama does a lot for South America and the Latino community,” Medina said, who used to import furniture from South America and sell them in Park Slope. “So I thought giving him praise in Spanish would show my love and support best.”
The first time he painted Viva Obama on his car, which is a mustard color and has an American flag sewn into the green leather seat, was in November. But after all the rain and snow, it came off. So about a month ago, Medina painted the praise again.
“Obama is the best president,” Medina said. “I just want people to know that I support our president.”