February 9th, 2010
04:07 PM ET
4 years ago

Mystery Bush sign causes stir

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Last December a billboard popped up north of Minneapolis on I-35 featuring former President George W. Bush's image next to the words "Miss Me Yet?". (Photo by Bob Collins/ Minnesota Public Radio)

(CNN) – A political mystery of sorts in Minnesota may have been solved.

A billboard popped up north of Minneapolis on I-35 featuring former President George W. Bush's image next to the words "Miss Me Yet?" last December. But until Tuesday it wasn't known who paid for it.

While the identities of the sign owners are still unclear, the general manager of the advertising company who owns the billboard space told Minnesota Public Radio it was financed by "a group of small business owners who feel like Washington is against them."

"They wish to remain anonymous. They thought it was a fun way of getting out their message," said Mary Teske, of Schubert & Hoey Outdoor Advertising.

Schubert & Hoey did not return CNN's request for comment.


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  1. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Probably the Tea-baggers and the GOP. They actually STILL think that he did a great job !!!

    February 9, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Vote for GOP based on their ideas, which are.......?????

    How can you miss someone who has left us such wonderful gifts: deficit, debt to china, 2 wars and the worst recession in history.

    Those gifts will keep giving for years to come so no one will forget you Bush, or your supporters.

    February 9, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Eric in Denver

    @if you want something ruined put a republican in charge are you kidding about the economy. 9.8% unemployment down from 10% you call that an economy that is getting better. Keep in mind once people stop searching for jobs they don't count torward unemployment numbers. So when you lose jobs and unemployment rate goes down what does that show you? The economy is horrible there are no jobs, people are losing their homes, and the market is shaky at best. What part is good. You would believe that the economy is good if we had 25% unemployment if your friend OBOZO told you. Let me guess Bush is to blame for bad economy and Barry is to blame for recovery. You are a complete lunatic

    February 9, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. Kurt

    This goes to show how ignorant and short-sighted some of the electorate is. If people can't remember how screwed up the Bush administration was, here is a little reminder:

    Bush has a lot to answer for; he lied to the American public repeatedly , manipulated national security for political purposes
    and started two two wars that have helped to bankrupt the country. He gutted social programs and gave money away to the well-connected and rich and powerful and to big corporations. Bush didn't give a sh*t about the average middle class working person. and he was a reckless president, acting without any forethought. His supreme court justices have already started to turn the clock back on progress. (By the way, if you are one of those religious nut-jobs that is voting on
    abortion, you are wasting your time. They are now more interested in granting rights like free speech to corporations.)

    In two years when this recession is basically over and the job market is healthy again, Obama's support will be back, and he will TROUNCE whatever a*hole the GOP nominates in 2012.

    February 9, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. Total BS

    Miss you George...Like a toothache !!!

    February 9, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. David

    There are lots of right wing radio talk show advertisements on billboards on I-35 north of Minneapolis too. Seeing this billboard in that area is no surprise at all.

    It's pretty sad that the small business owners who paid for this don't realize their taxes have actually gone down rather than up since Obama has been in office. The economy crashed _before_ Obama was POTUS and yet these people blame him for it. I don't miss W. He was the worst POTUS ever.

    February 9, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    That was funny!!

    I miss you like a hole in the head.

    February 9, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. Marion

    Not a chance! I don't miss the cockiness...no...arrogance, the "It's my way or the highway" approach. I don't miss his utter disdain for the Bill of Rights. I don't miss his lack of any kind of forward-looking energy program. I don't miss his eagerness to get us involved in a war for no good reason. Yes, the economy is bad right now, but it was in meltdown when he was leaving office.

    And for those who complain about all the current federal spending, where were you when Bush was running up massive deficits? And for what? Guns and bombs, that's what. Now all the guns are emptied, the bombs exploded, and we have nothing to show for it, yet we'll be paying for them for generations. Thanks W, that's one heck of a legacy.

    February 9, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. There is no way

    No we don't. I wouldn't miss you Mr. Bush if a single celled amoeba was in office.

    February 9, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Greg in Cabot, AR

    To all you Toyota fans.....how is that "smaller government, free market, keep the government out of business de-regulation" working our?????

    February 9, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. Minnesota gal

    What I think is this country is still crazy. anybody who misses the bush administration should really be put in those concentration camps he was trying to build.

    February 9, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Boopme

    What is wrong with you people? Can your prejudice for a young intelligent AA President that is trying as hard as he can to pass bills that will benefit the American people and help us get back on track like we were before "W" took office, make you even think about voting Republican for anything. The Obstructionist Party is the reason nothing can get done, Everytime the Republicans hold office for more than 4 yrs, they screw it up. We are either facing large unemployment, in debt or war. With "W" we had all of the above. When the new guy can't fix 8 yrs worth of crap in 1 yr, you are ready to turn to the same people that let you go 8 years with the insurance companies sucking every dime out of your pocket, lost over 600 million jobs, the world thought we all were idiots, because we kept electing idiots and letting them ruin our great nation , gas was $4-5 a gallon. You had a Republican President and for 6 yrs. had a Republican majority Congress and Senate that got absolutely nothing done and you want to go back to that. OMG, either your prejudice is really showing or you are all idiots.

    February 9, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Stop the Nonsense

    My answer to these secretive business men is – NOPE! If you are gutsy enough to put that billboard up, why not be brave enough to admit doing it.
    It's like the graffiti artist that tags everything but won't say- yes I did it.
    what I'd like to know is exactly they feel they lost in that 10 months from when they paid for the board? No new federal taxes had been imposed. No new restrictions on small business had been proposed. They lost nothing.
    MAYBE- just maybe, it was a poke at Bush! Maybe they are happy with how things are going! HA! wouldn;t that be the ultimate irony. I mena look at the photo they chose- he looks like a clown.

    February 9, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. Mike in CO

    How dare Obama not fix the economy in 12 months, when it took Bush and the Republicans 8 years to wreck it. Tax cuts for the wealthy that didn't produce any substantial economic growth, but ballooned the deficit; an unfinished war in Afghanistan when we had Al Queda and the Taliban trapped in Tora Bora; an unnecessary war in Iraq; political hack appointments like Arabian Horse Brownie, etc., etc., etc.

    I can't wait til we get a real genius in the Whitehouse, like Sister Sarah "Cribnote" Palin, Preacher Huckabee, or Haley Barbour.

    February 9, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. REG in AZ

    The Republicans have literally chosen to be ‘puppets’ for Special Interests and the influential, powerful and extremely wealthy few whose bidding they do while giving the majority only apathy, the costs and substantial deceptive rhetoric aimed to manipulate public opinion. Don’t believe it? Have doubts? Over the last nine years what have the Republicans done for the average American? In contrast what did they do to benefit Special Interests and the select few? What substantial costs have the average Americans suffered? How much have the select few benefited? What manipulative subterfuge do they bombard people with to rationalize everything and to manipulate public opinion? What effort have they aggressively put into obstructing every Democratic proposal, regardless of the value and without any constructive contribution of their own? What is the quality of the people they offer and what firm control does the party exert over those people? Also, who controls the Party, who provides the contributions, the overt and covert support, including the supportive aggressive attacks and the abundant subterfuge? Are they ‘Puppets’? You bet-cha! If anyone still can’t see the obvious, then I suggest seeing a therapist to check masochistic tendencies. If you do clearly see the truth, then I have one more question. If we really can’t trust anything the Republicans say, then what can we honestly expect from them? It isn’t hard to see that they stubbornly want to and we definitely shouldn’t want to return to ‘more of the same’. And then just faulting the Democrats really doesn’t cut it as they do have faults but they still are at this time an improvement and really our only other real choice.

    February 9, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. Robert

    Um no. Hell no. Never will.

    February 9, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. woundedduck

    rjt:

    It was Bush who famously said "Some call you the elite–I call you my base."

    And it was Bush who flew Osama bin Laden's family out of the country on 9/11 and let bin Laden escape in Afghanistan.

    Seriously dude, go back to sleep.

    February 9, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. Nate, OLY

    NEVER!

    February 9, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. Bill

    El Kababa ... that was really twisted .....

    Do I miss Bush? Yes, does the sign bother me ... yes because it allows small minded people to jump up and down and vent about bush.... If I jump up and down and vent about Obama ... will I am just a repulicrap or what ever name you want to attach to me. I am so sick of the children that post here.

    February 9, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. TRUTH

    he destroyed the gop

    February 9, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. Greg in Cabot, AR

    To all you Toyota fans.....how is that "smaller government, free market, keep the government out of business de-regulation" that Bush gave us working our?????

    February 9, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. Pete

    since i'm not a millionaire, a racist, a religious whackjob, or a Fox News viewer, no I don't miss Bush, one of the most destructive presidents in our history

    February 9, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. David Black

    I guess every one forgot thet the Dems were in charge of both houses when W .was there as they are now

    February 9, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. Minnesota gal

    It's people like this Williams guy who enabled bush to do what he did by voting for him. I think those types should all be rounded up and given to one state that has those way out dumb butt congress people. Let them govern as stupid as they want to...but don't give them one darn penny of the real Americans tax money to support them.

    Cut them off from all the government benefits that they now have and see how soon the sink. good riddance I say. Let em each cake, the kind bush ate while New Orelans drowned.

    February 9, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. Cyg

    Funny these small business men complain they don't have money – yet they'll spend money they don't have erecting a sign to remind people of the worst president in WORLD history. Humans are an incredible sort.

    February 9, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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