TYLER, TX (KLTV) - They appeared last night in downtown Tyler, posters depicting President Obama as "The Joker" in last summer's Batman movie. The altered picture of the president was made by a college student, and has since gone world wide.
"This is awful," said one Tyler woman. "Why would someone do something like this?"
"It's really scary," said another East Texan.
"I just assumed it was somebody from one of the clubs putting up the signs," said James Peterson, who saw the man responsible circle the downtown square. "There was this guy going pole to pole putting signs up."
A little time and plenty of tape put close to 20 awkward smiles on trees, signs, and windows. The only message was a website...infowars.com. It's an online presence for radio talk show host Alex Jones. Who created a contest offering $1,000 to the person putting up the most posters and filming themselves doing it. Submissions from all over hit YouTube. From San Antonio to Scotland, Jone's contest grew, but some saw the presidential jab as hardly a joke.
"I used to have a paper route and used to throw papers and I [have] been looking at the papers a long time and you should've seen what they said about Kennedy," said Peterson.
Tyler police took pictures and collected some of the posters as evidence. They have not said if or what charges could be filed. As for the person who put them up, the contest ended last week, so he won't get the $1,000 anyway.