Much-debated Obama poster back on wall at Robie's Country Store
After almost a year of disagreement, the conflict over a 2008 “Hope” poster of President Obama in the Roots Cafe, a Hooksett restaurant housed inside the Robie’s Country Store has finally come to an end.
About two weeks ago Amber and Josh Enright, who lease space in the store for their restaurant from the Robie’s Country Store Historic Preservation Corp., received word from their attorney Steve Gordon of Shaheen Gordon, that they were free to put the poster back on the wall of their eatery.
“It was unfortunate that it took so long,” said Amber Enright of the months’ long disagreement with the board that governs the store. “But Steve thought it was a good cause so he helped us out and it worked out in the end.”
Amber Enright said the matter did not go to court and that Gordon and Mark H. Campbell, a Manchester-based attorney representing the board, met together to resolve the dispute. She went on to say that she did not put out an official statement about the resolution for fear of “rocking the boat.”
“We got what we wanted,” said Amber.
Gordon, whose law partner William Shaheen is the husband of Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, took the case up pro bono. Gordon could not be reached for comment. Campbell was also unavailable for comment.
While the poster had been taken down and placed on an easel during the legal dispute between the Enrights and the board, it has since been framed and placed back on the wall.
The squabble began in the summer of 2017 when the Enrights put the Obama poster up in their restaurant.
While the store has been a popular campaign spot for presidential candidates from both sides of the aisle, the political memorabilia on the walls skewed mostly Republican.
That fact encouraged Enright, the daughter of veteran Manchester state representative and Democratic Party activist Jane Beaulieu.
After putting the poster up, the Enrights said they received criticism from the board, with at least one member telling Amber Enright that the poster of the 44th President was “un-American” because he was trying to “overthrow the government.”
The board went on to tell the Enrights to remove the poster from the wall, claiming that their lease with Roots gives them the final say over what goes on the walls.
The Enrights and Gordon disagreed.