Billboard Compares Aurora Shooter to Obama

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Both Republican and Democrat commuters in Idaho find rare common ground on this issue — that a local billboard is “way out of line.”

An electronic billboard located on Franklin Road in Caldwell, Idaho pairs a photo of President Barack Obama with one of James Holmes, who is accused of murdering 12 people in the recent Aurora, Colo. movie theater shooting. Each picture is labeled with a caption.

Around Holmes’ picture:

“Kills 12 in a movie theater with assault rifle, everyone freaks out.”

Around Obama’s picture:

“Kills thousands with foreign policy, wins Noble Peace Prize.”

The billboard is funded by a group that honors the memory of Libertarian Ralph Smeed, according to the Idaho Statesman. In fact, it’s supposedly a “landmark” in the area — the group has paid to post controversial, anti-Obama messages on the billboard before.

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The group says the juxtaposition of the two pictures is supposed to remind Americans that Obama has broken his promise to bring the troops home, not meant to compare the president to a suspected mass murderer. “We’re outraged over the killing in Aurora, Colorado,” Maurice Clements, a former Idaho lawmaker and a member of the Smeed-inspired group said, “but we’re not outraged over the boys killed in Afghanistan.”

One commuter called the billboard “way out of line,” and other Idaho residents aired their outrage on local TV station KBOI’s Facebook page. One comment read, “This billboard is offensive to all those lives lost and affected by the shooting. Just pathetic, even if this is their expression of the 1st amendment.” Another called the billboard “insulting, ridiculous and just plain inaccurate.”

Speaking to the Statesman, Clements even acknowledged that the inflammatory comparison might have been over the top: “That’s a technique of trying to make a point, and maybe it was poorly done.”

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Andrew Kilian
Andrew Kilian

I actually feel that this is a valid point about violence. When it's a lone crazed gunman in a movie theatre as a society we Are shocked, but when it's nameless people in some other country who are collateral damage does that get any news play or candlelit vigils? Bradley Manning is under arrest for reacting to the massacre overseas like we did to Aurora.

bmath_1
bmath_1

If Bush were still in office, those people would have been arrested and charged with treason.

cagefree
cagefree

I can't believe the writer of that billboard is petitioning for Holmes to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Benny Bedlam
Benny Bedlam

Sure, they are trying to make a point but they should have used another analogy. 

Riding on the buzz of the Aurora incident to further another's agenda? I won't even say it's far from being classy because it's more of a million light years away from being a decent human being.

DatNewMusic
DatNewMusic

This  is why Europeans laugh at us and think we're twits.

Pauline Houston
Pauline Houston

I won't even say it's far from being classy because it's more of a million light years away from being a decent human being...ChangeLife5.blogspot.com