Billboard Ad Links Obama Policy to Aurora Suspect. Immature, or the Grown-up thing to do?
An electronic billboard in Idaho compares President Barack Obama to James Holmes and attempts to connect the Aurora movie massacre suspect’s killings and Obama’s foreign policy.
The board in Caldwell juxtaposes a photo of Holmes, accused of killing 12 in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater last week, with Obama.
According to the Idaho Statesman, around Holmes’ picture the board reads: “Kills 12 in a movie theater with assault rifle, everyone freaks out,” and around Obama’s it says: “Kills thousands with foreign policy, wins Nobel Peace Prize.”
The Ralph Smeed Foundation, which owns the board, said it wants to draw attention to military men and women dying overseas, according to Idaho’s KBOI News.
One commuter who saw the sign told the Statesman the board was “way, way out of line” and “offensive,” adding, “I don’t care if you’re Republican or Democrat, it was just beyond bad taste.”
"(It's) way over the line, and I am not an Obama supporter," Lynn Davis Hathaway said on the KBOI Facebook page.
But Ashley Helton, who also commented on Facebook, agreed with the foundation, whose website extols the principles of the late libertarian activist Ralph Smeed. "It's a free country, this group has a right to voice their opinion no matter what anyone thinks about it," Helton wrote, according to KBOI.
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