Obama Hitler billboard removed

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The North Iowa branch of the Tea Party has replaced a billboard comparing Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin, admitting the sign was a bad decision.

Workers papered over the sign in downtown Mason City at the request of an anti-tax tea party group in the state of Iowa.

The roughly 200-member tea party group had the original sign put up last week. It showed photographs of Mr Obama, Hitler and Lenin beneath the labels "Democrat Socialism," "National Socialism," and "Marxist Socialism."

After the billboard drew sharp criticism by other state and national tea party leaders, members of the local group sought the change.

North Iowa Tea Party co-founder Bob Johnson said he and other leaders agreed with critics that the image of Mr Obama between Hitler and Lenin was offensive. He said the images overwhelmed the intended message of anti-socialism....

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