GAINESVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) –Â A billboard that sparked a protest in Indiana because of its reference to the Navy Seals, and removing the President from office, has appeared along I-35 in North Texas.
The ad in Gainesville depicts two men in camouflage holding weapons. The text next to the picture, in a military style font, says â€œThe Seals removed one threat to America,â€ a reference to the killing of Osama bin Laden. It continues, â€œRemove the other in November.â€
The bottom of the sign says itâ€™s a political ad, paid for by TJ Schad, and has a Gainesville address.
At his home Monday, Tom Schad said heâ€™s not acting for any political party, committee or candidate. He simply saw a similar picture in an email, with an accompanying note that said it should be on every billboard across the country.
â€œIt just started out as something fun to do,â€ he said. â€œLetâ€™s see if I could do it. I didnâ€™t have a clue how to do it.â€
Schad said he knew the owner of TerryCo., the company who leased him the billboard space through the November election. He had an artist at an advertising agency design the ad and it was up within a week.
â€œI think we were just trying to make a statement,â€ he said. â€œWe felt we needed to change direction in the country, and thatâ€™s what we did.â€
A similar ad in Elkhart, Indiana prompted a small protest last week. The ad specifically referenced voters removing the president.
Some demonstrators said though that comparing military action to take out a terrorist, with removing a president from office, was too far. Schad said he didnâ€™t see how people could take the ad that way.
â€œOther than the fact itâ€™s got some seals in there with a gun,â€ he said. â€œBut I think itâ€™s pretty obvious what they did and what the statement is.â€
To read more, visit:Â http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2012/08/20/billboard-controversy-comes-to-north-texas/
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