Photos: Bumpersticker Highlights
We've had a busy week in Oklahoma. In Muskogee, we met with a 25-year-old male who was on the ship that fired the first Tomahawks on Baghdad. He was released three months later for medical reasons. We talked about his experience on the ship and the depression he deals with on a regular basis.
We then went to Tahlequah, home of the Cherokee Nation, to meet with Cherokee Democrats. Tahlequah traditionally votes Democrat, but in November, like many areas in Oklahoma, it switched to Republican.
We decided to drive back to Oklahoma City on Saturday to go to a gun show.
We also went to Bullnanza to watch 50 of the country's top bullriders compete for a $30,000 prize. Our press passes gave us access to a platform near the bull pens. We shared the platform with bullriding enthusiasts and Hooter's girls. Hooters was one of the event sponsors. We couldn't resist taking a photo.
You'll find a Hooters in most large towns and even a few smaller towns with churches on every corner. A Hooters in Texas offers free meals for kids on Sundays.
Yesterday we went to a non-denominational mega-church and a traditional United Methodist church to interview people about what draws them to specific churches and how their religious beliefs shape their politics.
And finally, here is a collage of the bumperstickers and plates we've seen over the past few months in Texas, Mississippi and Oklahoma.