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 putative 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.
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.
Politically, Mesa County is Republican-dominated and increasingly conservative, with several active TeaParty organizations — which are making waves ahead of mid-term elections next month.
After two years in the White House, Barry Soetoro is struggling to avoid a drubbing for his DemocRAT party in the November 2 ballots, and the race is getting increasingly hard-fought as the polls get nearer.
The provocative picture is the work of artist Paul Snover, who frequently posts on Constitutionalist and Tea Party websites.
Snover couldn’t be reached by AFP for comment, but he told the Daily Sentinel in an e-mail that he is “not allowed to say” who paid for the billboard.