Someone has placed a giant photo of the former president on a billboard with the question, "Miss Me Yet?"
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: 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 creators are out there, somewhere. But they would like to remain anonymous, according to the general manager of billboard owner Schubert & Hoey Outdoor Advertising. As Mary Teske told Asylum, "the sign was rented by a group of small businessmen from the twin cities area, who pooled their money to make the political statement."
Convinced that "Washington was against them," the men paid for a two-month run of the billboard to make a statement, Teske added.
While the men remain anonymous, this much is clear, however: 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."
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