Signs attacking President Obama going too far?
One shows Obama with gun to Uncle Sam's head
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - Sign of the times or a political faux-pas? Some say some provocative billboards in Southwest Florida are pushing the envelope a little too far. The anti-Obama signs feature racy images of the President, bringing negative advertising to a whole new level. Four in your Corner's Mike Mason has more on the controversy.
James: "If you can't get picked on then don't try to be President is the way I look at."
These elaborate advertisements are clearly a sign that someone doesn't like President Obama. Three mini billboards posted on a vacant lot along Bonita Beach Road featuring professional graphics, they're even equipped with solar powered lights....but not everyone finds them illuminating.
John Kingery: "I don't think it's right that they should be doing that."
One sign shows Obama as a socialist, pointing a pistol at Uncle Sam. Another one asks, "What's going down my President? Paychecks, the standard of living and the middle class." The message getting mixed reactions.
Rick Dawe: "I don't think it's constructive, I mean it just adds emotion right? I'd really rather stay focused on the issues."
James: "I think somebody needs to stand up and voice their opinion because what's America gonna come to here shortly?"
John Kingery is a Republican but doesn't support what he calls a flagrant attack on the President.
John Kingery: "That's a bad scene, a bad scene, I don't think any of us like to see that."
We found the property is owned by an investment group....the signs likely costing thousands....and they're apparently paid for by a “Citizen who cares about the USA”. Most people we spoke with feel this pricey political statement is a waste of money. But since this campaign has been chock full of attack ads....it may just be a sign of the times.
John Kingery: "The political campaigns this year have been a lot more negative than I've seen in the past and it seems like it's divided the people more than I've ever noticed before."
We're told code enforcement has received complaints about the signs but the owner won't take them down.