Huffpost Good News

John Kelso, Humor Columnist, Dresses As Big Bird To Cast Vote In Texas (PHOTO)

Posted: Updated:

Voters in Texas were given quite a shock Friday morning when the most controversial furry bird of the election lined up behind them, yellow feathers in tow.

According to Buzzfeed, John Kelso, a humor columnist at the Austin American Statesman, decided to vote early dressed as Big Bird.

big bird votes

"When Romney said he would cut off funding to PBS, Big Bird’s boss, I decided to go to bat for the yellow guy," Kelso wrote in the Statesman.

Kelso even hired his own bodyguard, Edd O’Donnell, to accompany him to the polling station.

“Don’t worry, sir,” O'Donnell told somebody in line at the voting station. “I’m here to take a bullet for the bird.”

And when people would walk close to Kelso, O'Donnell told them, “Step away from the bird.”

Kelso and O'Donnell got in line around 9 a.m. in southwest Austin and had to wait an hour to cast a vote.

Thankfully, Kelso had instructed his polling place ahead of time that Big Bird was coming, so the voting process went off without a hitch.

We think it's safe to assume he's voting Obama.

Read the full transcript of Kelso's adventure as Big Bird at the Statesman.

Also on HuffPost:

The People Who Give Obama Hope
Share this
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Laura E. Enriquez: Big Bird and Immigrant Families: Why I'm Voting ...

Joan Z. Shore: Big Bird Gets My Vote

Big Bird Votes Obama - Democratic Underground

Sesame Place Presidential Election - Muppet Wiki

Good Job, Barry! Big Bird Totally Voting For Romney Now

Vote Obama Save Big Bird - South Park Parody from The Coach ...

Twitter / DeanStJames: @mittromney BIG BIRD VOTES ...

Big Bird Votes Romney — Frontiers of Freedom

Cagle Post - Political Cartoons & Commentary - » Big Bird Voting for ...

BigBird Votes For Mitt Romney

Best of Election 2012: Big Bird, Paul Ryan's Biceps and More From the ...

Republicans Expect to Retain House

Social media's effect on voters hard to read

A final contrast between the candidates

Election 2012: It's 'take your kids to vote day' – a bipartisan lesson

'Voters of tomorrow' weigh in on 2012 election

Obama and Romney Deadlocked, Polls Show

'Big Bird' is a Democrat: Puppeteer behind iconic 'Sesame Street' character is ...

Filed by Sarah Medina