So, if you happened to be driving down Interstate 35, near the town of Wyoming, Minnesota, you’ll see a billboard bearing the smiling image of George W. Bush accompanied by the question “Miss me yet?” The online rumors were confirmed by this image:
Many initially thought the picture was a hoax created through Photoshop. But now multiple people have confirmed its existence. The mystery surrounding the billboard quickly morphed from a “Fact or Fiction?” story into a genuine “Whodunit?” Who paid for the ad, and what was their motivation? Are they Obama supporters sarcastically hoping to remind disgruntled liberals about how things were under Bush, or are they Bush supporters sincerely hoping to remind voters of the past administration?
Well, according to Yahoo News “The ad was purchased by a group of small business owners who wish to remain anonymous,” McNamara said. However, McNamara did offer this political bombshell: “Some of the people in the group who paid for this were Obama supporters.”, however others are not so sure. Cindy Erickson, the chairwoman of the Democratic Party in Chicago County, where the billboard is located, suspects the folks who funded the ad are actually conservative activists who are simply posing as supporters of President Obama.
In either case we can’t help but to think on Lord Acton, and state “Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.”
As many of you all might remember, the previous administration (apparently) wanted to smack international prisoners around in order to get answers only these little documents (called the US Constitution and the Geneva Convention), not to mention public opinion, tended to frown on it, so then President George W. Bush asked his lawyers to essentially figure out a way around it, so they got to the task of how much we could actually slap someone around before we got into trouble for doing it.
Well, the other day, Daily Show host Jon Stewart interviewed former Justice Department official John Yoo on his program about this very topic, and stated that the interview itself was “pretty unsatisfying.”
Yoo, a tenured law professor at the University of California at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall, wrote legal memos for the Justice Department approving harsh interrogations of terrorism suspects. Yoo told Stewart it was his duty to answer the administration’s questions about executive power, and confessed he had never met President George W. Bush, Main Justice reports.
Yoo said the White House’s questions weren’t “something that anybody wants to go out and answer” but the country had been attacked and there were fears of another strike. “There’s a huge demand to get this kind of intelligence from the top leaders of al-Qaida,” he told Stewart.