Spokesman Bob Johnson had this to say:
"The sign is covered out of respect for other Tea Party people," he said.They intend to replace it with a much more subdued message in the next couple of days.
"The national (Tea Party) people are right, in that it is a distraction from the message the Tea Party is trying to get out."
Controversial billboard in Mason City covered up
In a fit of hyperbole, Mayor Erik Bookmeyer said:
Placing Mason City in the limelight nationally and internationally in this manner is despicable and inexcusable. That message does not reflect the core values of our community.Quit equating Obama with other socialists, because he probably won't be as bad or evil as Hitler, Mussolini, Lenin, Stalin, Mao...
I should add the offensive billboard: