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It's only been a year since a helicopter flew him out of the capital right after the inauguration of President Barack Obama. But some Americans will be pleased to know that George W. Bush is out there, watching over them after all. From a billboard, high above Interstate Highway 35 near Wyoming, MN, to be exact. And he wants to know if you miss him.
Someone has placed a giant photo of the former president on a billboard with the question, "Miss Me Yet?"
Until now, the billboard was thought to be a hoax, a clever doctoring of an image perhaps, meant to whip up anti-Obama sentiments in the blogosphere. But by Monday, it was clear: No one seems to know who put it there or why, but the "Miss Me Yet?" billboard is real.
MN Public Radio correspondent Bob Collins saw it himself:
It was late at night and I wasn't sure I'd seen the billboard correctly as I whizzed past it on I-35 in Wyoming last week on the way back from Wrenshall. But an e-mailer confirms I saw what I thought I saw.
It's beginning to sweep along the Internet, accompanied by various claims that it's a Photoshop fake. But it's not. It's real.
The creator is out there, somewhere. Collins said that it would be difficult to find him or her because the billboard's owner is also unknown. What is clear, however, is that Wyoming's mayor, Sheldon Anderson, wishes he had thought of the idea first. He sent an e-mail to MN Public Radio. "Wish I could take credit for it," he wrote.
In the words of Collins, "It's time to crowdsource this puppy."
YAY! I wish I could take credit for it too!! :)Posted by: carla at February 9, 2010 12:11 PM
Miss you still Mr. President
Not quite, George, but I'm getting there . . .Posted by: Phillymiss at February 9, 2010 2:02 PM
Sure do.Posted by: psalm at February 9, 2010 2:33 PM
Posted by: Ellie
at February 9, 2010 2:38 PM
Oh,I miss him. It was so nice having a clown as a president. Always something to laugh at. He was an embarrassment to the world. To think that people actually voted for the clown.
Even a clown would be better than the jackass we have now.Posted by: xalisae at February 9, 2010 2:40 PM
There's a reason a jackass is the Democrat Party symbol.Posted by: Mary at February 9, 2010 3:06 PM
Well put X.Posted by: D at February 9, 2010 3:30 PM
Ellie...Jenna...Mark...whatever your name is, please choose one, ok? It's very easy to tell when you're actually one person posting under different monikers. Thanks!Posted by: Kelli at February 9, 2010 3:31 PM
If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a teleprompter installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how he inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?
If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take Laura Bush to a play in NYC, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan's holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky?
If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia , would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the non-existent "Austrian language," would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?
If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to "Cinco de Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, would you have winced in embarrassment?
If George W. Bush had mis-spelled the word "advice" would you have hammered him for it for years like Dan Quayle and potatoe as proof of what a dunce he is?
If George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he's a hypocrite?
If George W. Bush's administration had okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened on 9-11?
If George W. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans, would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence?
If George W. Bush had created the position of 32 Czars who report directly to him, bypassing the House and Senate on much of what is happening in America, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?
If George W Bush had proposed to double the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved?
So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive? Can't think of anything? Don't worry. He's done all this in 12 months -- so you'll have three (3) years to come up with an answer.
But, but, Elisabeth,
You really don't believe some low level flunky in the WH ordered AF1 to fly over Manhattan and that Obama was blissfully ignorant and absolutely enraged about the whole thing?
Why, I'm just flabbergasted.Posted by: Mary at February 9, 2010 5:21 PM
This billboard was put up by a group of small business owners who don't want to be known.Posted by: ann marie at February 9, 2010 6:20 PM
Well, degast your flabber.... LOL!Posted by: Elisabeth at February 9, 2010 6:20 PM
George was able to laugh at himself and didn't care much what the press thought of him. Those are good qualities to have. Elisabeth, great compilation.Posted by: Janet at February 9, 2010 6:34 PM
I have plenty of flab(ber) that I would just love to degast. :))))Posted by: Mary at February 9, 2010 6:34 PM
It is so nice not to be the only one that misses him. I do not agree with everything he did, but he is a great president that deserved more credit than he will ever get. When he was president we could at least know that he was a true christian man with morals. I agree with a previous poster. he could laugh at his mistakes, and he realized that making the media happy was not his job. Making tough decisions was his job. Making tough decisions that BENEFIT the country is what a true leader does.
Most of you have such great posts. I thought I was pretty knowledgable when it came to what is and has gone on, but I learn a lot form reading the posts. Thanks
You forgot his soaring oratory about a "corpsman"...Posted by: castellina at February 9, 2010 9:09 PM
this was put up by a group of small business owners who don't want to be known.Posted by: ann marie at February 9, 2010 9:31 PM
I wonder if the Iranians would be giving us the finger, terrorists threatening us, and the North Koreans firing missiles if Bush was still in office.
Does anyone even think Obama is any match for Vladimir Putin?
Its more likely these tyrants cannot believe their good fortune.Posted by: Mary at February 10, 2010 8:27 AM
I was surprised that a co-worker of mine who was a medical corpsman not CORPSEMAN in the Vietnam War, was very insulted by Obama's ignornance.Posted by: Mary at February 10, 2010 8:32 AM
Bush is in no way an evil or malicious man, but his presidency was catastrophic for America and the world. He wasted a staggering amount of government money on the futile Iraq war and has left this nation in horrendous financial shape.
He paid lip servie to the "sanctity of life" while failing to help many poor pregnant women, thus doing absolutely nothing to prevent abortions.
People criticize Obama for using a teleprompter despite the fact that he is highly articluate and glibly excuse the fact that Bush could barely string two words together in a coherent manner.
His administration's sabre-rattling did not foster peace in any way with Islamic fanatics and terrorists.
Mary..I actually shudder at the thought that this so-called "Commander-in-Chief" is the head of the greatest military force in the world...
It's like giving a child a loaded weapon...
I believe that serving in the US military should be added as a requirement to be president...
How can you lead what you do not know/ respect??Posted by: RSD at February 10, 2010 10:09 AM
"His administration's sabre-rattling did not foster peace in any way with Islamic fanatics and terrorists.
Posted by: Robert Berger at February 10, 2010 10:08 AM"
Robert, answer this truthfully...Which president do you think the terrorists (our enemies) want in the oval office right now?Posted by: RSD at February 10, 2010 10:15 AM
...I believe that serving in the U.S.military should be added as a requirement to be president..
It is interesting that not a word was said during the campaign about BHO's lack of military service. But when "W" was running the MSM had all sorts of complaints about his service. The attempts to impugn Bush reached its nadir when Dan Rather attempted to hijack W's run for a second term by putting forth forged documents about his service in the Texas Air National Guard.
The double standard was also in play when Billy Clinton was running. Both times he faced war heroes (the same as BHO) and of course the MSM was silent on Clinton's lack of service. Clinton was off to Russia at one point during his college years so military duty in the service of the United States of America was not foremost on his mind.
Elizabeth: There is one thing I am certain Bush did not match Obama on and that is Bush only visited 50 states instead of 57.
The duplicity is stunning, even by MSM standards.Posted by: Jerry at February 10, 2010 7:50 PM
Remember when VP candidate Dan Quayle was reviled as a coward and draft dodger for serving in the National Guard during the Vietnam War?
Odd, when Clinton ran, his lack of military service and questionable avoidance of the draft, as well as his contempt for the military, was not an issue.
Also, remember when the media persecuted Dan Quayle because some woman claims she danced close to him? A claim he vehemently denied.
Bill Clinton was accused of everything from exposing himself to rape but the media called his flashing Paula Jones "propositioning" and had no issue with his accusers being reviled as psychotics, bimbos, and liars.
The MSM reeks of double standards.Posted by: Mary at February 10, 2010 9:10 PM
Every time I see Obama getting out of the helicopter I feel ill, he has no respect for the precious Marine standing there and no respect for the office he is holding. Did you ever see the way he salutes back, WHY BOTHER OBAMA. I use to love seeing President Bush getting off the helicopter, you could see he had respect for that marine. He looked like a President! I sure do miss seeing him as our President, as for the Bill Board, our whole family misses him and his wife!!!Posted by: Pati Adams at February 10, 2010 10:43 PM
Mr. Berger, I recommend a basic civics class. The Congress does the budget. The "hole" that Obama "inhreited" was one he signed off on and helped create.
The last year of Republican control in the Congress was 2007, the smallest deficit in 5 years and the fourth straight year of decrease in the deficit. That is what the Democrat controlled Congress "inherited" and what it is now... grossly out of control... is only the fault of the Democrats.Posted by: Elisabeth at February 11, 2010 11:05 AM
Pati, how the heck do you know that Obama has "no respect for the Marine"? That's an assumption on your part and nothing but an assumption.
And that assumption is obviously the result of your animus toward Obama and your gullible acceptance of the countless false rumors which have been circulating about him ever since he came to prominence and ran for the Presidency.
And unfortunately, you're just one of millions of gullible Americans who have swallowed all the lies about Obama, hook line, and sinker.
If you and others are going to criticize our current President and find fault with what he's doing, fine. That's your right as an American citizen nd I respect that right.
But like so many people today, you're just mouthing mindless hatred of Obama.
"But like so many people today, you're just mouthing mindless hatred of Obama.
Posted by: Robert Berger at February 11, 2010 12:03 PM"
Robert, unless you're living under a rock somewhere for the past 12 months, you would already KNOW why there "so many people today" that are angry...(I don't think it's hate) at your messiah.
Is it because of all the failed promises during the campaign?
Is it because of the current (and worsening) economic conditions for everybody?
Or is it simply because Obama is so focused on himself and his agenda that he doesn't care what 'so many people today' are saying?
Posted by: RSD
at February 11, 2010 1:54 PM
Pati, I went to the Get Motivated Success Seminar when it came to my city two weeks ago and had a fabulous time... Laura Bush spoke... she was SO classy. She gave a glimpse into the heart and mind of the former President during the days leading up to and immediately after 9/11. It was sobering, inspiring and revealing.
Was Bush perfect? Of course not. Did he always make the right decision? Of course not. Did he always strive to make our nation safe? Absolutely...
Now we have an administration that seems to take it for granted with announcement that we will be hit again within the next six months and no action on their part to do anything about it! (Unless you count staying on vacation during the immediate aftermath of a failed attack, affording miranda rights and other rights of U.S. citizenship to those determined to murder as many U.S. citizens as possible, and bowing to foreign dictators.)Posted by: Elisabeth at February 12, 2010 2:35 PM
Yes, I miss President George W. Bush, and I'm a Canadian. I have great respect for him despite his big-government ways (and President Obama is only worse in this respect too). President Bush was a resolute leader who refused to waffle in war. He was authentically pro-life, helping to criminalize the murder of fellow citizens. He is a true American who obviously loves his country and, I would argue, loves people all over the world.Posted by: Jon at February 12, 2010 9:53 PM