George W. Bush Billboard Asks: Miss Me Yet?

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Rumors are swirling that if you drive down I-35 in Minnesota, you'll see a billboard featuring a smiling George W. Bush accompanied by the question "Miss me yet?"

This was initially discredited as a photoshopped hoax, but it's real. But the dual mysteries surrounding who paid for the ad, and their motivation, remain.

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Are they Obama supporters sarcastically hoping to remind people about George W., or Bush fans sincerely yearning for the "good" days of the past administration?

Mary McNamara, the manager at the Minneapolis office of Schubert & Hoey Outdoor Advertising, the company which owns and leases out the billboard, says:

"The ad was purchased by a group of small business owners who wish to remain anonymous." However, "some people in the group were Obama supporters."

McNamara added that the message the group hoped to convey was one of "Hope and change, where is it?" She went on to say that she has yet to receive any negative feedback about the ad, which has been up for a few weeks.

Not everyone buys that. Cindy Erickson, the chairwoman of the Democratic Party in Chisago County, where the billboard is located, suspects the ad's funders are in actuality conservative activists posing as Obama supporters.

"I don't have any idea who did it, but my thought was that they're Tea Party people," she said. "Regardless, it's been the subject of many conversations around here."

Minnesota was a "blue" state in '08, but Chisago is part of a Republican-leaning string of suburban counties that Obama lost about 55-45 in the presidential election.

While it's subject to interpretation, Obama has been under fire (and hitting back) of late. Has George W., however unwittingly, joined Sarah Palin in laying into him?

What do you think of the Bush billboard?

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Good day people! How think you're in the present day?

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Hi everybody! I am from Denmark and would like to say hello!

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Looks like Texas has answered. There is a billboard in Ennis, Texas that went up today. It says "Miss Me Yet?" with a picture of Jimmy Carter.

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We don't miss the 9/11 military stand down nor the inside job nor the pillaging of trillions of dollars of our tax money from the Federal Reserve Bank nor the Patriot Act nor the Israeli butt-kissing. So, no, no, no, no and no. Bring on a real leader, we haven't seen one since John Fitzgerald Kennedy. We are anti-delusion. We want real change not more hocus pocus.

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I take this billboard as..."look how f'ed up the Midwest is now...and how bad this recession is" so, "remember that I [George W. Bush] put it all in motion!!" In fact, Bush/Cheney locked it in. Buckle up, kids. Bush is still laughing & hoodwinking. From multi-million surplus to multi-trillion deficit... Obama can only do so much, but I do wish he would enforce the law against those thugs.

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I miss Ross Perot! You know people if we elected him President back in the 90's we would have been out of debt by now and everyone would be rich.

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I miss Ronald Reagan....lol....i also miss having a Pres. we all know loves this country...feeling secure in the fact that his love for his country will lead him to do what is best for it's future, security and prosperity...this is what I miss...

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He's missed like a veneral disease is missed.

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i miss my job, not George Bush

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i think it's meant to be serious and not ironic. if the point is to imply things were worse under Bush, it would say so directly. that reads like we should be missing Bush (not that I agree), and given various current debates/events that would make sense as well.

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