Anti-Obama billboard raises eyebrows

Caricatures are racist and homophobic, local Dems say

An anti-Democrat billboard flies high above the Interstate 70 Business Loop east of the 28 1/2 Road intersection.

UPDATE: 4:35 P.M. — Obama billboard taken down

Though it’s unknown at this time why, the controversial billboard depicting President Barack Obama as a terrorist a gangster and a gay man has been taken down.

Doris Downey, owner of J&S Fence Co. near where the sign was erected off the I-70 Business Loop near 28 1/2 Road, said it came down about 10 a.m. today.

Though Downey said she did not know why it was removed, she’s glad it’s gone, but not because she disagreed with its message. Downey said it attracted so many people, there were times it was difficult for her trucks to leave the property, or customers to come on.

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A Grand Junction billboard depicting President Barack Obama as a terrorist, a gangster, a Mexican bandit and a gay man is getting national attention.

The billboard, erected along the I-70 Business Loop between 28 1/2 and 29 roads sometime Monday, depicts the four “Obamas” sitting around a table with playing cards showing only sixes bunched in groups of three.

Also on the table is a copy of the Declaration of Independence, a liberty bell, a toy soldier and a statue of Justice holding a balance.

Beneath the Obama caricatures are numerous rats, some of which are labeled as the IRS, trial lawyers, the EPA and the Fed. Sitting above all that is a line, “Vote DemocRAT. Join the game,” which is positioned between two vultures, one of which is labeled the U.N. and the other with the name Soros, a reference to George Soros, a major national Democratic financial supporter.

Stories about the billboard have been picked up by several right-leaning blogs and the conservative magazine National Review.

While it’s unknown who paid for the billboard, the artist is Loma resident Paul Snover.

“I am not allowed to say who (paid for it) at this time,” Snover said in an e-mail Tuesday. “If it had been me, I would have included the Republicans as part of the problem.”

Still, Snover’s political views are well-known. An Internet search of the self-described “constitutionalist libertarian” revealed numerous blog postings in which he talks about his support for tea party and 9/12 groups.

“The Constitution has been thrown in the trash and burned by our very own government and we the people watched TV while America burned! The enemy is not at the gate, it is a cancer within our own borders,” Snover wrote on the Mesa County Second Amendment Task Force website. “From what I have learned of history and what I see going on in all levels of government, I can but conclude that there is no constitutional republic any more, only a sick tyrannical twisted dictatorship. “

Mesa County Democratic Party Chairwoman Martelle Daniels called the billboard racist and homophobic, while her GOP counterpart, Mesa County Republican Party Chairman Chuck Pabst, called it “juvenile.”

“It’s beyond disrespectful,” Daniels said. “You would like to think that we all would show respect for our commander-in-chief, but this is just beyond that. It’s racist, it’s homophobic, and it’s really cowardly.”

Like Daniels, Pabst said he doesn’t like it because it doesn’t help further intelligent dialogue about the president or his policies.

“That kind of political positioning and statements, I think, are in bad taste,” Pabst said. “It’s reprehensible and disrespectful, and that’s not what any honorable person would put forth. To ridicule somebody in this manner is juvenile.”


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