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A group of small business owners (no word if they're local ones or not) put up this billboard over the southbound lanes of Interstate 35 in Wyoming, Minnesota. Thought y'all would enjoy a peek. Here's a link to a much bigger picture of it.

Wave back, people! It's only polite.

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Re: Miss me yet?
Nope.
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Disgusting.
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It's a tough call... kind of like having to choose between "nucular" or "corpse".

I'll have to think about it... maybe come up with some strategery or perhaps a t-shirt to be buried in.
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Re: Miss me yet?
I miss Eisenhower. (and I wasn't even alive then)
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DWTripp wrote:
It's a tough call... kind of like having to choose between "nucular" or "corpse".

I'll have to think about it... maybe come up with some strategery or perhaps a t-shirt to be buried in.


Can you submit a script to SNL? I think there's some potential here.
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I think it's kinda funny. Good to know he can laugh at himself along with everyone else.
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I miss him only when I watch political comedy: Bush generated very good material.
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I think it's kinda funny. Good to know he can laugh at himself along with everyone else.


I don't know that there's even the slightest requirement for his approval in order for that billboard to have been installed. He's forevermore a public figure in this country, and it is easily argued by anybody that his likeness was not used for any specific endorsement or financial gain.
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Koldfoot wrote:
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I miss him only when I watch political comedy: Bush generated very good material.
And Obama is bad material? You are confusing good material with Obama being off limits to comedians, if they want to work.


For what it's worth, I heard a comedian talk about Clinton back in the day and his statement still holds true today. He said entertainers in general are fairly liberal and tend to agree with Clinton on the issues, that leaves them to make fun of him personally. Whereas entertainers tended to disagree with Reagan and got much material from him on matters of policy.

I think the same analogy holds true with Bush II and Obama. They don't find much material in policy issues, because they agree with it. BUT comedians are taking a hands-off approach to poking fun at Obama personally because of the nature of his historic Presidency.

You may find fault with that analysis, but I ask you to consider this: Would comedians be taking jabs at Hilary Clinton or John McCain on a personal level if either had won? You bet your ass they would.


You might enjoy John Stewart then, not only has he ragged on Obama but he's had guests on who are critical.
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MisterCranky wrote:
mbourgeois wrote:
I think it's kinda funny. Good to know he can laugh at himself along with everyone else.


I don't know that there's even the slightest requirement for his approval in order for that billboard to have been installed. He's forevermore a public figure in this country, and it is easily argued by anybody that his likeness was not used for any specific endorsement or financial gain.


That's what I was thinking, too. He's kept a very low profile since leaving office - heck, even in Texas we don't see him at public events. I would be shocked if he approved or even knew about that billboard ahead of time.
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Koldfoot wrote:
wargamer66 wrote:
You might enjoy John Stewart then, not only has he ragged on Obama but he's had guests on who are critical.


From what little I've seen of Stewart, he's poking fun at rhetorical contradictions, ie Obama's statements as a candidate and his statements today. Heck, that's his main shtick.

I have not seen him get personal and borderline vicious the way he does with say.... Palin.

I don't know enough of the show to debate the point. Please, tell me if I am wrong.

I've watched his show quite a few times. He's a liberal who is fair enough to still be entertaining and funny. He beats up both sides but he's harder on the R's. I can accept that. Colbert is less balanced and more obnoxious. I will watch Stewart and enjoy it, but not Colbert.
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I miss Eisenhower. (and I wasn't even alive then)


I miss Reagan, and I was alive then, and I even voted for him!
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Koldfoot wrote:
hibikir wrote:
I miss him only when I watch political comedy: Bush generated very good material.
And Obama is bad material? You are confusing good material with Obama being off limits to comedians, if they want to work.

You may find fault with that analysis, but I ask you to consider this: Would comedians be taking jabs at Hilary Clinton or John McCain on a personal level if either had won? You bet your ass they would.


It's not a matter of just liberal and conservative: Some people are just far better for comedy than others. For example, I don't think that Romney is a treasure trove for comedians, while Joe Biden would be.

Obama is just too serious for quality political comedy. He can be made fun of, like anyone else, but it requires a lot more work. For comedy to be really easy, the target's failings must fall back to a stereotype. Obama's image has its fair share of absurdity, but it's atypical enough that it's difficult to build a comedic rhythm with him. Compare that to Bush, one of the easiest targets since Quayle. His failings were those that we see in people everywhere. Many of his quotes are extremely funny without context. His demeanor allowed comedians to be very aggressive without being seen as mean spirited. With Obama, it's too easy to seem mean spirited, even after if we avoid race issues. And the moment the comedians aim safely enough to avoid being considered a jerk, they have little to work with.

In Bush's case, I think the comedy helped him, and helped us remain semi-sane during his presidency. Without it, I'd have been a whole lot madder at him than I was. Maybe it's the lack of good comedy that is making some of you guys be in the brink of an aneurysm.
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Koldfoot wrote:
wargamer66 wrote:
You might enjoy John Stewart then, not only has he ragged on Obama but he's had guests on who are critical.


From what little I've seen of Stewart, he's poking fun at rhetorical contradictions, ie Obama's statements as a candidate and his statements today. Heck, that's his main shtick.

I have not seen him get personal and borderline vicious the way he does with say.... Palin.

I don't know enough of the show to debate the point. Please, tell me if I am wrong.


You're mostly right I think. It's more than being cutesy though, some of his schticks have been pretty pointed and made me go "whoa." Some of his guests have been pretty brutal.
 
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hibikir wrote:


In Bush's case, I think the comedy helped him, and helped us remain semi-sane during his presidency. Without it, I'd have been a whole lot madder at him than I was. Maybe it's the lack of good comedy that is making some of you guys be in the brink of an aneurysm.


Yet another thing Bush sucked at: Causing his critics to die horrible deaths from aneurysms. I'm pretty glad tonight that I backed Obama.
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Koldfoot wrote:
Jorge, your analysis of comedy is on par with my analysis of clear and concise writing.


Nobody has ever accused me of being clear or concise. I guess that's what I get for getting into an area of knowledge where the right words escape me, and I try to avoid going into a 6 paragraph diatribe.

Take two:

If I was writing for Jon Stewart and had to try to make fun of Obama, I'd try to go with how his words are so different from his actions: For an evil socialist, he sure is inconsistent. One day he's all about peace, the next he asks for sanctions on Iran. He talks about bipartisanship, but has accomplished absolutely nothing on that front. With the right clips, it can be made funny. But the problem is more aggravating than funny, so It'd be seen more like an attack than comedy. Denouncing a politician using doublespeak just won't bring in the audience.

I could try to ridicule his long winded speech patterns. He can spend many minutes with platitudes. But is it enough to make this a running gag that lasts for a while? I doubt it.

Which mine of presidential comedy do you think is being ignored right now?
 
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Your ignorance of the situation is showing.



My personal favorite photoshop of the billboard is this.



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Your ignorance of the situation is showing.


Are you talking to me or the picture of Bush?
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okiedokie wrote:
My personal favorite photoshop of the billboard is this.



I'm not that familiar with American documents or internal politics.
Has that something to do with the Patriot Act?
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When my wife and I drove by, we laughed. It's along a very rural (but well travelled) stretch of road, but it's just a matter of time before a city slicker comes by and adds thier own personal touch to the thing. This is also the same stretch of road you can see the hand made billboard "Get us out of the United Nations" and such. Not bad for a blue state, huh?
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stagger lee wrote:
"Get us out of the United Nations" ?


AMEN to that. While were at it why not also go back to the gold standard. Stop Foreign aid. Kick the illegals out. Legalize Prostitution (its's her body (or his) let her do with it what she wants. Legalize drugs. In short bring freedom back to the USA. Neither Bush nor Obama would/will do these things. Guttless polititians.
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"Get us out of the United Nations" ?


AMEN to that. While were at it why not also go back to the gold standard. Stop Foreign aid. Kick the illegals out. Legalize Prostitution (its's her body (or his) let her do with it what she wants. Legalize drugs. In short bring freedom back to the USA. Neither Bush nor Obama would/will do these things. Guttless polititians.


I'm curious as to how going back to the gold standard will make you more free.
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