Alaska Highway Sign: “Impeach Obama”
As voters sour on President Obama, someone in Alaska has taken to highway road construction signs to express the sentiment that Congress should remove the President from office.
Should President Obama be impeached? Someone in Alaska thinks so, and they changed the message on a highway road construction sign to make their feelings known.
According to local NBC affiliate KTUU, “Several electronic road construction signs around Anchorage were hacked late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, according to the state Department of Transportation.”
Normally, the signs are used to display information about construction efforts that impact motorists’ routes. Altering the message is a misdemeanor.
A construction engineer with the Department of Transportation was not amused by the change to the signs.
“I'm sure somebody thought it was a pretty funny joke but we try to convey a lot of important information with these signs,” Tim Croghan said according to KTUU.
The station reported that the the boxes that hold the control pads that are used to alter the messages on the signs usually are not locked. That appears likely to change in the wake of this unusual political stunt.
The sentiment on the signs, however, appears to reflect the mood of much of the country. In the midst of stubborn economic uncertainty, the burgeoning Fast and Furious scandal, and contention over the nationalization of health care, Americans are increasingly skeptical of the Obama administration.
According to Rasmussen Reports, currently 49 percent of Americans “at least somewhat disapprove” of the President’s job performance.
Among those who have strong feelings about the President’s job performance, Rasmussen found that only “27% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Obama is performing his role as president. Thirty-nine (39%) Strongly Disapprove, giving him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -12.”
This is a significant figure. As Rasmussen notes: “Intensity of support or opposition can have an impact on campaigns.”
What should be of more concern to the President with regard to his November election prospects is Americans’ perception that his policies are failing to have a positive impact on the economy.
According to Rasmussen, “Just 31% give the president good ratings for handling the economy.” As most Americans, Rasmussen points out, consider the economy to be the most important issue, this suggests Obama’s reelection prospects are weakening.
Perhaps most indicative of the grim feelings of many Americans are to be found in whether the White House is occupied by an extremist. Considering his popularity in 2008, it is remarkable that today, according to Rasmussen, 47 percent of voters believe the President’s political views are extreme. By contrast, only 31 percent of voters consider Mitt Romney’s views to be extreme.