The billboard with a singular image along southbound Interstate 95 towers high above all others.
It features a smiling face of former President George Bush asking drivers this simple question: â€œMiss Me Yet?â€
The billboard, asking whether President George W. Bush is missed yet, stands alongside I-95 just south of 151 street in Miami.
No one knows whether this is part of a nationwide movement, but similar billboards have popped up in other spots around the country, some offering witty responses.
In Miami, the indigo blue billboard is getting its own set of smirks.
â€œIt sounds hilarious,â€ said Aida Zayas, of the Republican Party of Miami-Dade County, who had not yet spotted it. â€œI look forward to seeing it.â€
Other drivers clearly have and are more than happy to share their thoughts. A phone number is listed on the billboard, which leads callers to a voicemail message: â€œPlease leave any comments about the billboard after the tone.â€ But the mailbox was full as of Wednesday.
The person behind the unique political statement remains a mystery. The name attached to the phone number is Robert Nunez.
New York-based CBS Outdoor owns the 14-by-48 feet billboard, but spokesperson Jodi Senese wasn’t giving up any information about the firm’s client.
The giant outdoor message board is a bit pricey, costing between $3,000 and $5,000 a month to lease, said Senese.
This is not the first billboard to feature the beaming mug of the former president and the accompanying message.
In December, a billboard expressing the same â€œMiss Me Yet?â€ message beneath a waving George Bush popped up along Interstate 35 in Wyoming, Minnesota.
â€œIt caused quite a stir,â€ said Mary Teske, the general manager of Schubert and Hoey Outdoor Advertising, the company that leased the Minnesota billboard space.
After the media caught wind of the billboard in early February, Teske said she was â€œbombarded with calls.â€
After â€œconstant media contact,â€ Teske eventually informed the public that â€œa group of small business ownersâ€ who wished to remain anonymous purchased the space.
The Minnesota billboard may have been the first of its kind to appear in the country. Teske said she has heard of others in different states.
A quick internet search shows media reports about billboards outside of Dallas and inClearwater.
The Minnesota billboard, still up five months later, continues to garner attention. Sometimes, Teske picks up the phone only to hear hysterical laughter.
â€œIt started a wave of people wanting to do their own,â€ she said.
Teske said whether folks agree with the message or not, â€œIt’s neat to see freedom of speech alive and well.â€
Source: Miami Herald News