Des Moines Register 
July 14, 2010
The message of a controversial billboard in Mason City comparing President Obama with Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin probably got lost in its visuals, a co-founder of the Tea Party group that paid for the sign said today.
But he says the underlying message remains: That the country is headed in the wrong direction.
He insists the billboard that links Obama with Nazi or communist tyrants – including one that led to the murder of 6 million Jewish people – is not disrespectful to President Obama.
“It is not disrespectful to Mr. Obama. It’s a statement on his policy,” said Bob Johnson, co-founder of the North Iowa Tea Party. “It’s a statement on his policies.”