Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Someone, Somewhere Misses Dubya -- a Lot
Updated: 1 hour 18 minutes ago

Mara Gay Contributor

(Feb. 9) -- 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, Minn., 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?"

Sheldon Anderson, TwitPic
The "Miss Me Yet?" billboard looms over Interstate 35 near Wyoming, Minn.

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.

Minnesota 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 Minnesota Public Radio. "Wish I could take credit for it," he wrote.

In the words of Collins, "It's time to crowdsource this puppy."

Filed under: Nation, Politics, Weird News


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