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'Bandit' Obama billboard sparks storm in US city

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado (AFP) – A billboard depicting Barack Obama as an Islamist suicide bomber, a gay and a Mexican bandit has triggered a storm of criticism in a western US city weeks ahead of crucial polls.

The colourful poster of the US president -- under the ironic slogan "Vote DemocRAT" -- is attracting attention from media worldwide and from people clogging a local parking lot for a closer look.

"It?s beyond distasteful, and it?s disrespectful of the commander-in-chief," said Martelle Daniels, chairwoman of the local Mesa County Democrats, calling it "clearly racist and homophobic."

"Certainly (it) is not designed for intelligent discourse at all," she added in Grand Junction, in the western US state of Colorado.

Beneath the cartoonish figures of Obama -- also depicted as a cigar-chomping gangster -- are rats, labeled as trial lawyers, the Inland Revenue Service (IRS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Reserve bank.

Chuck Pabst, the local Republican Party chairman, told the local paper the Grand Junction Sentinel that the billboard is in bad taste.
 
 

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Comment by Justin Tyme
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  • Anti-Obama billboard taken down in Colorado

    GRAND JUNCTION - A billboard widely criticized as racist for its cartoonish caricatures of President Barack Obama was taken down Friday after the unknown person who put it up received death

  • Anti-Obama billboard taken down

    GRAND JUNCTION (Colorado) - A BILLBOARD in western Colorado that used caricatures to depict President Barack Obama as a terrorist, gangster, Mexican bandit and a gay man has been taken down. The sign along an Interstate 70 business loop in Grand Junction drew criticism from local Republicans and Democrats. The artist, Paul Snover, of nearby Loma, says he has received what he calls 'very hateful ...

    http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIStory_591676.html
  • Colorado billboard portraying Obama as terrorist, gangster, bandit and gay man taken down

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A billboard in western Colorado that used caricatures to depict President Barack Obama as a terrorist, gangster, Mexican bandit and a gay man has been taken down.

    http://www.startribune.com/nation/105096809.html

 

Comment by Anonymous
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It is 'racist' when it's they're boy but mere laughter of genius when it depicts a numb-nutz like Bush.

 


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