Virginia Jeweler Closes Store for a Day to Mourn Obama's Reelection
Lyons Jewelers in Bedford, Va., was shuttered on Wednesday, and six handwritten signs with political messages were posted in the windows. The largest read, "CLOSED: To mourn the loss of the America that our forefathers endowed to us." Another vowed that the store "will reopen tomorrow to continue the fight against a president who seeks my demise." According to local ABC affiliate WSET-TV, people came to take pictures of the darkened store, posting them on Facebook. Many observers were displeased: One boy who appeared to be 12 or 13 remarked, "It's very childish."
One customer responded with a sign of his or her own, taped to the glass: "I am sorry you feel this way!!! I do business I guess I will take it somewhere ELSE!"
The man behind the messages is owner R.T. Lyons. In an interview with WDBJ7, the local CBS affiliate, Lyons sounded subdued and almost conciliatory, emphasizing his feelings of grief following Tuesday's result, rather than anger, and explaining that he feared some unspecified changes to the nature of American capitalism. According to Lyons, during Obama's first term, "I felt like I've been the fox at the fox hunt." Now, "not only is the fox hunt not over, it's gonna be four more years, and they're probably gonna add a few more dogs to the hunt."