Billboard compares Obama to James Holmes

Electronic billboard in Idaho drawing sharp criticism

Published On: Jul 30 2012 10:30:09 AM EDT

 An electronic billboard in Idaho comparing President Barack Obama to Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes is drawing sharp criticism nationwide.

The sign in Caldwell displays a picture of Obama and Holmes side by side.

Above the picture of Holmes, the billboard says: "Kills 12 in movie theater with assault rifle" and then underneath: "Everyone freaks out."

Above Obama's photo, it reads: "Kills thousands with his foreign policy" and then below: "Wins Nobel Peace Prize."

Maurice Clements, a spokesman for the Ralph Smeed Foundation -- the ultra-libertarian group that owns the billboard boasting the slogan, "Making Statism Unpopular" -- told the Idaho Statesman he wasn't trying to connect Obama and Holmes, but  compare society's reactions.

He did acknowledge the provocative content is "a technique of trying to make a point, and maybe it was poorly done."

"Repulsive," "disgusting," and "bypassing tasteless," are just some opinions of the billboard left in the comments section of local news reports, CBS News reported.