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Michele Bachmann brings 'miss me yet' billboard to CPAC

George W. Bush is back -- at CPAC, at least. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) got a big cheer Friday for putting up a picture of the former president with the caption "Miss me yet?"

"I like it too," she proclaimed. The image first appeared mysteriously on a billboard in her state earlier this month. It turned out to be the work of a group of small business owners.

Shirts bearing the Bush image are also selling well online, according to the New York Daily News.

Conservatives at the annual event have been embracing the last administration in other ways. It's a big change from 2009, when the recently retired Bush was barely mentioned.

Florida senatorial candidate Marco Rubio got an enthusiastic response when he called for renewing the Bush administration's policy of putting terror suspects before military tribunals at Guantanamo.

"I am convinced that history will judge President Bush far more kindly," former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said Thursday.

And former vice president Dick Cheney was met with adoring applause when he made a surprise appearance Thursday. "A welcome like that is almost enough to make me want to run for office again," he responded.

By Rachel Weiner  |  February 19, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
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Bwahahahaha. I'm not a typical Bush Basher, but in the words of a cornered hard-line republican friend in 2009... "Bush was a huge disappointment, to say the least."

There were plenty of items that Bush can claim positive credit for. But as far as crashing our economy and questionable foreign policy decisions, There is not a lot to miss.

Posted by: trident420 | February 22, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Most Americans are tired of hearing President Obama blame all of our troubles on the past administration. One thing the liberals have conveniently chosen to forget is that President Bush was a lame duck president in the last two years of his second term. THAT means the Democrats have been in control of Washington since 2006, NOT since 2009! I cannot believe Minnesotans would vote in Bachman's opposition. A psychiatrist! They would be adding to the likes of Senator Al Franken (what a joke!). Bachman is a business woman. The Democratic Congress is made up of political lifers, lawyers and individuals who have NEVER owned a business or have a degree in economics. CA is a perfect example of what the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer can do to the economy of a state, let alone, the entire nation. They have successfully turned us into a welfare state.
Do I miss President Bush? Yea, I miss him a lot.

Posted by: calgirl2 | February 21, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

All that image does is remind just how terrible things were under the Bush administration and the fact that as bad as things are they arent THAT bad.

Nope..dont miss you a bit Shrub.

Posted by: MarcMyWords | February 19, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Bachmann is a total whackjob and hypocrite. She's not only a death panel crazy, she's anti-government...except when her family farming interests can grab a cool quarter mil from the Feds.

She's up for re-election and I do hope that the candidate on the other side gets the traction and attention and money she deserves.

Good news: Maureen Hackett who is running against her is an actual psychiatrist!

Posted by: BobfromLI | February 19, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

How can we miss him when his legacy won't go away?

Posted by: alarson1 | February 19, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Miss the good old days? Bush handed us a $1.3 trillion deficit and an economy bleeding 700,000 jobs every month.


Posted by: leftcoaster | February 19, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Funny -- trying terrorists in Guantanamo wasn't actually the Bush administration's policy either. Cheney lost that internal battle. See http://www.slate.com/id/2245172/: --

"From 2001-08, according to the Bush/Cheney Justice Department's own data, 512 individuals were charged with terrorist-related crimes and, as of 2008 (i.e., when Bush was still president), Justice had won 319 convictions. (Most of the remaining cases had yet to come to trial.)

Human Rights First has parsed and updated this data and concluded that, as of June 2009, 195 of those convictions were in cases where the defendant proclaimed ties to al-Qaida or some other Islamist or jihadist terrorist group.

How many terrorists did the Bush/Cheney administration bring before military tribunals? Three. And only one of them was sentenced to life in prison. The other two were allowed to serve out their sentences at home—one in Australia, the other in Yemen—both while Bush was still president.

In other words, the vast bulk of terrorist cases were handled by the civilian criminal courts—in the Bush and Obama administrations—in part because they have proved much more successful than the still-fledgling system of military tribunals.

... There was, [Cheney] revealed, a meeting in the West Wing where "we had a major shoot-out, over how this was going to be handled, between the Justice Dept., [which] advocated that approach, and many of the rest of us, who wanted to treat it as … an act of war with military commissions."

He added, "I do get very nervous and very upset" when the Justice Department's view becomes "the dominant approach, as it was sometimes in the Bush administration or certainly would appear to be at times in the Obama administration."

Posted by: fmjk | February 19, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Bachmann is a crazy idiot. She thinks that dinosaurs and humans existed together. She thinks that CO2 makes up 3% of the atmosphere. She is an idiot.

Posted by: Independent4tw | February 19, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow, they're serious? I figgured the billboard was a sardonic joke about the Democrats missing their punching bag.

Enjoy forced-retirement Miss Bachmann.

Posted by: EricS2 | February 19, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Nope, don't miss him at all, nutbag.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | February 19, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

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