Description: Emailed image
Circulating since: Feb. 2010
Status: Authentic (see details below)
Email contributed by Leo, Feb. 10, 2010:
Subject: FW: Billboard
THIS IS A REAL BILLBOARD IN MINNESOTA
on 35W, near Wyoming, MN
(it is on the east side of 35W facing north)
Analysis: Notwithstanding loud cries of "Photoshopped!" from some quarters, the billboard seen above has been photographed from a variety of angles by a number of different sources and is clearly the real deal. What no one seems quite certain of is who's responsible for it and what the sign is supposed to mean.
According to the owner of the space, Schubert & Hoey Outdoor Advertising of Minneapolis, the sign was put up by local business owners who wish to remain anonymous. The obvious interpretation is that it's a slap against President Obama and an implicit call for a return to Republican leadership, but some have suggested that the intent may be more ironic, e.g., "If you think things are bad now, imagine what it would be like if George W. Bush was still President." Something tells me it's the former.
Sources and further reading:
'Miss Me Yet' Billboard Shows Power of Outdoor Ads in Internet Age
Christian Science Monitor, 9 February 2010
'Miss Me Yet?' Billboard with Photo of Bush Is Real, Not Internet Trick
NPR.org, 8 February 2010
Mysterious Bush Billboard Asks 'Miss Me Yet?'
WPTZ-TV News, 10 January 2010
Last updated: 02/10/10