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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.

The President of the United States

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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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs took a blatant shot at former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin today. You could say it was an open-handed slap of sorts.

Robert Gibbs addressed the press corps this afternoon with a mini grocery list on his hand. The ingredients: Eggs, Milk, Bread (crossed out), Hope, Change.

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This was a response to Palin using crib notes while reciting her speech and laying into President Obama at the National Tea Party convention in Nashville.

Because you really need to write down "I'm proud to be an American!" - her #1 political position - on your hand. Is memorization that hard? You betcha!

Robert Gibbs mocks Sarah Palin's "notes" from Sunday night.

Pretty funny, really, when you consider she rips Obama for using a Teleprompter. Also funny? In her Q&A, she really went off-message ... or off-English.

Make no mistake, the White House didn't appreciate Palin's cheap shots, and the administration isn't kidding when it talks about fighting back harder.

After all, Palin hates their agenda even more than Levi Johnston!

If this continues, it's going to get pretty stormy in D.C., and not just because the city's about to get slammed by a second blizzard in less than a week.

Should Sarah Palin run for president?

 

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Sarah Palin gave the keynote address at last night's National Tea Party convention in Nashville.

Offering no policy alternatives, but winking often, the former Governor of Alaska assailed Barack Obama and the current administration. Regarding his plummeting poll numbers and the election of Scott Brown to the Senate, Palin taunted:

Barack and Michelle Obama Pic

"How's that hope-y, change-y stuff workin' out for you? You'd better stop lecturing and start listening."

Asked how she would handle terrorism, she said simply: "We win. They lose."

Right. Thanks for playing, Sarah.

In case she forgot the key points with which she'd rile up the crowd, yet not actually deal with in any rational manner, Palin made like a middle school student and scribbled them on her hand:

Other than general conservative principles - such as lower taxes (which Obama has done) - the speech was bereft of Palin's own ideas, an indication that she may not run for President in 2012 or has no ideas. Possibly both.

If the Republicans take back the House later this year, Palin was asked the top three items that should be on their agenda. Her response:

  1. Rein in spending.
  2. Devote resources to coal and oil as sources for energy.
  3. Focus on divine intervention for the country.

Seriously. Those were her top three policy initiatives on her list.

She wasn't asked how much cash she pocketed for posing with daughter Bristol on the cover of a supermarket tabloid.

Using her speech to incite a crowd that already thinks Obama is a tyrant socialist - an awfully ineffective one, if so, as he's given billions to the banks - Palin implored: "America is ready for another revolution!"

It's unclear what this actually means, except that Palin knows how to draw applause from an auditorium full of misguided citizens that may mean well... but possess no grasp on reality.

While she didn't comment on any plans for the White House, the crowd stood and cheered at one point:"Run, Sarah, Run!"

Is something you'd like to see? Do you hope Sarah Palin runs for President in 2012?

 

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The State of the Union address by President Barack Obama Wednesday provided plenty of sound bites, but MSNBC's Chris Matthews probably had the night's best.

Or at least the most discussed.

"I forgot he was black tonight for an hour," said Matthews, to which puzzled people across the country reacted somewhere along the lines of [crickets] or "lol wut."

Taken in context, Matthews meant it as praise for Obama as a uniter, a "post-racial" president who has "brought us so far." Still, not the best word choice, Chris.

"I think he's done something wonderful," Matthews later explained. "I think he's taken us beyond black and white in our politics, wonderfully so, in just a year."

Here's the clip. Check it out and share your reactions below ...

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Tuesday, THG readers were given the challenge of writing the best caption for this picture of Khloe Kardashian meeting President Barack Obama.

Your winner for this edition of our Caption Contest is Hellion.

Congratulations! The winning entry appears below. Honorable mentions go to sweeney and vikki-lou. Click here for the full list of submissions.

Thank you to everyone for playing and good luck next time!

Obama: I am so proud to shake the hand of someone who has gained fame by doing absolutely nothing!
Kardashian: Ditto!

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Welcome to another edition of The Hollywood Gossip Caption Contest, where readers try to write the best caption(s) for the celebrity photo below!

Today's subjects? The President of the United States and Mrs. Lamar Odom.

Khloe Kardashian was at the White House yesterday with the rest of the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers and their spouses. Thus the introduction.

What could they be saying? You tell us! Click "Comments" and send in your caption(s) - as many as you like. We'll announce a winner tomorrow ...

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If the U.S. Senate race victory by Scott Brown earlier this week weren't enough of a signal that people are upset with the White House, wait until they hear this.

None other than Jay Leno will be hosting the annual White House Correspondents Association dinner. Talk about losing touch with the American people, Barack!

Granted, the organization made the decision to hire the comic weeks before Tonight Show drama erupted, and Leno is (well, was) not all that controversial.

Still, the Obama administration might want to swap him for Conan!

Barack Obama on Jay Leno's Tonight Show earlier this year.

Jay also had the advantage of already having hosted this particular event three times before, in 1987, 2000 and 2004, under administrations for both political parties.

The Obama administration doesn't need any more bad press these days, but it's not a bad hire for everyone. If there's anyone that can see the bright side here, it's:

  1. Writers for The Late Show With David Letterman. Two words: Field. Day.
  2. The Salahis. Even White House party crashers are more welcome than Jay!

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The 2008 U.S. presidential election is over and done with, but a new book called Game Change by New York Magazine's John Heilemann and Time's Mark Halperin has stirred up a lot of interesting gossip about the most recent White House race.

While not providing that much truly new or startling, the book has offered tremendous fodder for national political conversation. Some of the broached topics:

  • That Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) referred to Barack Obama as “light-skinned” and having "no Negro dialect unless he wanted to.”
  • That the affair between John Edwards and Rielle Hunter, his campaign videographer, was known about and kept quiet by three of his aides early.
  • That John Edwards is a delusional egomaniac whose aides called his wife Elizabeth "an abusive, intrusive, paranoid, condescending crazy woman."

  • That former President Bill Clinton was involved in an affair in 2006 that many thought would derail Hillary Clinton's 2008 run for the presidency. The woman is not named in the book, but it wouldn't be Bill's first cheating rumor.
  • That Clinton offended Ted Kennedy deeply while trying to win his endorsement for his wife's campaign by saying the following about then-candidate Obama: "A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee."
  • That John McCain's vetting of Sarah Palin was so woefully inadequate that no one from his campaign even interviewed her husband or opponents.
  • That Sarah Palin believed Saddam Hussein to be behind the attacks on 9/11, and did not understand that North and South Korea were separate.
  • That Palin is a mentally unstable person prone to wild mood swings, and was hopelessly lost in a "catatonic stupor" at one point in the campaign.

True? We may never know. But we certainly can debate - and agree that Edwards and Palin create the most entertaining reading material.

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A huge billboard for Weatherproof Sportswear will be removed from New York City’s Times Square. The reason? The guy wearing their jacket never consented.

That would be President Barack Obama.

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When it went up last week, the company was blasted for appropriating Obama’s likeness; now they say the ad will be taken down “in an expeditious manner.”

White House spokesperson Ben LaBolt, who declined to comment specifically about Weatherproof’s decision to take the billboard down, told People of the ad:

“The White House has a longstanding policy disapproving of the use of the President of the United States name and likeness for advertising purposes.”

A LEADER IN STYLE: So much so that people shoplift it!

While the Obamas were recently voted Americans' most desired celebrity neighbors and are popular style icons, some say this violates Barack's right to privacy.

So, what was the company thinking when it put up the ad? Weatherproof President Freddie Stollmack, who called the campaign “serendipitous,” explained:

“We saw a picture of President Obama visiting the Great Wall of China and we said, ‘Boy that looks like our coat.’” It was a simple idea, but hard to defend.

Intellectual property lawyer Barbara Solomon said it's "not an issue of expression but pure commercial appropriation. This is an advertisement, nothing but.”

The Obamas are apparently frequent targets of such image-stealing. Last week PETA caused a stir with an anti-fur ad that featured Michelle Obama pictures.

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You may never actually reside on Pennsylvania Avenue, but most Americans say they wouldn't mind living next door to Barack, Michelle, Sasha, Malia and Bo.

President Obama, his wife and two daughters came out on top of a recent poll that asked people who would be their most desirable celebrity neighbor.

On the other end of the neighbor spectrum?

A reality star like Octomom and her 14 kids, or Jon and Kate Gosselin and their brood of eight would be a big turn off, according to the informal survey.

In related news, Amy Winehouse is unstable.

THEY'RE #1: Politics aside, the Obamas sure seem like nice people!

Barack and Michelle Obama were followed by Ellen DeGeneres and partner Portia de Rossi, who tied with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and family at #2.

The poll by real estate site Zillow.com also found that celebrity families with large broods, like regular people, were deemed the worst likely neighbors.

Nadya Suleman, the single mom who this year added octuplets to her existing brood of six, topped the worst celebrity neighbor poll with 17 percent.

Octomom was followed by Jon and Kate Gosselin, who fortunately are no longer together. Or unfortunately, as their awfulness has now branched out.

Jon G. Pic

KEEP OUT: No one wants to live next to these people.

In a reflection of her polarizing nature, former Republican V.P. contender Palin was a popular choice, but also came in third in the worst neighbor category.

She was no match for Octomom or Jonny Boy, though.

Amy Bohutinsky, Zillow.com V.P. of communications, astutely noted that "Apparently Americans are opposed to living next door to a brood of young children, particularly those that come with a television crew and paparazzi."

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