More pics of the Reagan Hope & Change billboard

posted at 12:15 pm on March 16, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Think of this as closing the loop from yesterday.  After we broke national news yesterday with another mystery billboard here in Minnesota criticizing Barack Obama by comparing him to his predecessors — in this case, Ronald Reagan — some felt that the picture was in some way photoshopped.  That belief persisted even after other news agencies confirmed with Franklin Outdoor Advertising that the sign existed exactly as we reported, on I-94 outside of Albertville on the northwest end of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.

Hot Air reader and commenter Bishop conducted his own photojournalistic expedition this morning — and as readers can see, he had to deal with weather that was hardly conducive to the effort.  Here are a few more shots of the Reagan Billboard taken today, which will hopefully put to rest any questions of authenticity:

Bishop also took video of the billboard:

That should settle any questions of authenticity.

Update: WCCO, the local CBS affiliate, has a video report on this as well.


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This is wonderful…

OmahaConservative on March 16, 2010 at 12:17 PM

somebody owes Ed a paycheck.

james23 on March 16, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Thanks Bishop! “The science is settled”. :)

milwife88 on March 16, 2010 at 12:18 PM

I was convinced yesterday. The additional photos are muchly appreciated.

bloviator on March 16, 2010 at 12:18 PM

RIP, Mr. President. You done good. Sorry that some of us have mucked things up lately.

rbj on March 16, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Sad that commenters on a conservative site are more respectable journalists than the paid “professionals” in cable news.

RachDubya on March 16, 2010 at 12:18 PM

MUST DRIVE THE LEFT NUTS!!!!!!!!

canopfor on March 16, 2010 at 12:18 PM

somebody owes Ed a paycheck.

james23 on March 16, 2010 at 12:17 PM

I’ll settle for a beer.

Ed Morrissey on March 16, 2010 at 12:19 PM

I too, was convinced yesterday. Either way, good stuff Minnesota–working your way back from the Mondale debacle.

+2

ted c on March 16, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Good job Bishop! Well done.

Knucklehead on March 16, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Sad that commenters on a conservative site are more respectable journalists than the paid “professionals” in cable news.

RachDubya on March 16, 2010 at 12:18 PM

RachDubya:Amen,and sooooo true:)

canopfor on March 16, 2010 at 12:20 PM

somebody owes Ed a paycheck.

james23 on March 16, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Never to be seen or heard from again. Just kidding.

Cindy Munford on March 16, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Good job, Ed. We needed that follow-up. Like I said, when I drove by it Saturday it was really vivid.

King Banaian on March 16, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Okay, the billboard is real, but the music? FAKE!

July 10 on March 16, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Surely someone can come up with a good billboard comparing Obama to Carter.

MarkTheGreat on March 16, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Billboards are one thing–however, some black ops journo artist of cunning and skill would pirate the MSNBC feed during KO’s show and pipe in Reagan’s speech about the socialization of medicine.

Breitbart…are you listening…? //

ted c on March 16, 2010 at 12:21 PM

That’s great, I hope to see more of these signs posted on here.

Brat4life on March 16, 2010 at 12:22 PM

I’ll settle for a beer.

Ed Morrissey on March 16, 2010 at 12:19 PM

I’ll buy you a beer a soon as I get me some of that Obama money he’s giving out.

Daggett on March 16, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Smell the fear, B.O.!

Some have not forgotten!

pilamaye on March 16, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Someone in MN must not think much of this bho. I think this great. I wish we had them all over our nation.
L

letget on March 16, 2010 at 12:22 PM

drudge is showing that the dem whip count may be delayed past Easter.

“and on the 3rd day, the bill did not rise again….”

ted c on March 16, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Minnesota: We Voted for Mondale! And Franken! And Ventura!

Hot Air reader and commenter Bishop conducted his own photojournalistic expedition this morning

Ah ha! Slowly we are learning the details of this mysterious figure called “Bishop” by the natives.

We now know he owns a car, lives in Minnesota, and either owns or borrowed a camera.

We’re slowly narrowing it down…. :-)

amerpundit on March 16, 2010 at 12:23 PM

I was pleasantly surprised to turn on my radio last Saturday in the DFW area to find that a FM radio station (96.7 FM), called Reagan Radio, is playing Reagan’s speeches, commercial free 24/7. I could only listen for a couple of minutes before big tears began rolling down my cheeks. Boy, do I miss that man!

parteagirl on March 16, 2010 at 12:24 PM

I need to hire Bishop the next time I need something Photoshopped. He is AWESOME!! ;-)

WashJeff on March 16, 2010 at 12:24 PM

As someone who works with Photoshop on a professional level, I thought the billboard looked a little fake. Glad to know it’s real.

frode on March 16, 2010 at 12:24 PM

I’ll settle for a beer.

Ed Morrissey on March 16, 2010 at 12:19 PM

You should apply for an NEA grant. You could drink the beer while farting and then call it “art”.

amerpundit on March 16, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Okay, the billboard is real, but the music? FAKE!
July 10 on March 16, 2010 at 12:21 PM

It’s “Shinedown”, my friend.

Next time I’ll have this going in the background, the new theme song for The Resistance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtZV5XdfqrI

Bishop on March 16, 2010 at 12:26 PM

I’ll bet,a Hopey/Changey Billboard,wouldn’t last 2 days!!

canopfor on March 16, 2010 at 12:26 PM

We now know he owns a car…..

amerpundit on March 16, 2010 at 12:23 PM

It could be his Mom’s car.

Johnnyreb on March 16, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Check and mate, Bishop! Now, about those tunes…

Christien on March 16, 2010 at 12:26 PM

You should apply for an NEA grant. You could drink the beer while farting and then call it “art”.

amerpundit on March 16, 2010 at 12:24 PM

I consider the beer a 3000% savings from the paycheck …

Ed Morrissey on March 16, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Thanks, Ed! I am now counted among the believers!

AND I LOVE IT!

GoldenEagle4444 on March 16, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Yeah, Reagan gave us change all right. Our budget changed into a sea of red ink.

Where were the Tea Partiers then?

orange on March 16, 2010 at 12:28 PM

It’s “Shinedown”, my friend.

Next time I’ll have this going in the background, the new theme song for The Resistance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtZV5XdfqrI

Bishop on March 16, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Bishop: I love it:)

canopfor on March 16, 2010 at 12:28 PM

I’d bet a paycheck it’s photoshopped.

Black background is too black for daylight… even with the sun behind.

Look at the word real…. is not anti-aliased well enough.. see the stair-stepped edge.

rightside on March 15, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Fork it over, champ.

OhioCoastie on March 16, 2010 at 12:28 PM

I consider the beer a 3000% savings from the paycheck …

Ed Morrissey on March 16, 2010 at 12:27 PM

heh heh, the WH could use some help

pct change=((price final-price initial)/price initial))*100

Evidently, excel doesn’t work on their little macbooks up there….

ted c on March 16, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Bishop on March 16, 2010 at 12:26 PM

You did good, my friend and I never doubted the sign was a fake. I just sent this entire thread to my mom who will make it go viral with all of her senior lady friends. It will be in China by this evening!

Knucklehead on March 16, 2010 at 12:30 PM

I’ll settle for a beer.

Ed Morrissey on March 16, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Can I send a beer through PayPal? :)

Cheers!

rockbend on March 16, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Bishop is the Ansel Adams of billboards.

LibTired on March 16, 2010 at 12:31 PM

The signs is settled.

Christien on March 16, 2010 at 12:31 PM

This proves the billboard is authentic, but it doesn’t prove the other picture wasn’t photoshopped.

{ducks}

LibTired on March 16, 2010 at 12:32 PM

I consider the beer a 3000% savings from the paycheck …

Ed Morrissey on March 16, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Heh.

amerpundit on March 16, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Where were the Tea Partiers then?

orange on March 16, 2010 at 12:28 PM

I was busily moving from 2nd Grade through 10th Grade. Bite me.

OhioCoastie on March 16, 2010 at 12:32 PM

The problem with the image yesterday was the black. It was too deep, and too consistent. And not only do I work with Photoshop, but I color profile large and grand format printers for a living, so I’m offering a fairly informed opinion.

Looking at these images, what probably happened is that the original image got its contrast “helped” a little, which only succeeded in making it look fake.

Typhoon on March 16, 2010 at 12:32 PM

After we broke national news yesterday with another mystery billboard here in Minnesota

Al Franken, lizard people, & Jesse Ventura and the erection of a billboard is the Minnesota mystery???

Seriously, I like the second to last picture showing both a sand and gravel truck (like they use for icy roads) AND a boat. I guess Minnesotans have to be prepared for any kind of weather.

highhopes on March 16, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Can we put a few hundred more of those up ?

JEM on March 16, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Yeah, Reagan gave us change all right. Our budget changed into a sea of red ink.

Where were the Tea Partiers then?

orange on March 16, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Where were the current protesters about 30 years ago when we were fighting the Soviet Union? Are you sh*tting me? Is this a joke? Am I getting Punk’d? Where’s the camera?

amerpundit on March 16, 2010 at 12:33 PM

+500 internets for Bishop!

Jim708 on March 16, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Rush is on a third world roll!!

canopfor on March 16, 2010 at 12:35 PM

I’d bet obamadollars that’s not photoshopped! LOL!

rightside on March 16, 2010 at 12:35 PM

I’m not going to make any excuses for doubting. The fact that it’s REAL makes my day!

I didn’t place a bet, but I’d be glad to buy Ed a CASE of beer for this one!

GoldenEagle4444 on March 16, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Bishop has awful taste in music.

crr6 on March 16, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Fond memories of Reagan, the president who loved America and Americans, do not cloud the socialism that Reagan’s administration “gifted” with the best intentions to cure social ills of illiteracy with the Dept. of Education, and to relieve law enforcement of Constitutional duties by gifting free education, medical care, welfare and amnesty for illegal aliens who no longer were transient workers returning home to Mexico after harvesting crops, but residing stateside permanently.

maverick muse on March 16, 2010 at 12:36 PM

This is Michele Bachmann territory, one of the few places in Minnesota a Reagan billboard could survive longer than two days without being vandalized or torched by outraged but peaceful leftists.

Bishop on March 16, 2010 at 12:37 PM

I’ll buy you a beer a soon as I get me some of that Obama money he’s giving out.

Daggett on March 16, 2010 at 12:22 PM

You can probably spring for a case with that 3000% decrease in healthcare premiums.

Jim708 on March 16, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Nice work Bishop. Thank you, I was one of the doubters.

/facepalm of shame

Mord on March 16, 2010 at 12:39 PM

I it’s hard not to miss Reagan with what we have in the White House now.OT I know, but whats with the headline above about the DNC laughing about the low turnout for the rally in DC today?How many were they expecting on a weekday?

sandee on March 16, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Bishop has awful taste in music.
crr6 on March 16, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Send me one of your Milli Vanilli or WHAM! soundtracks, I’ll be sure to play it on my next vid just for you.

Bishop on March 16, 2010 at 12:39 PM

But the real question is whether a driver in a run-away Pruis will be able to see this billboard at 94 MPH?
I say we need a billboard will large font saying” Pruis owners, in case of an emergency, please shift in Neutral”

Electrongod on March 16, 2010 at 12:41 PM

hopefully put to rest any questions of authenticity

Its come to this? Authenticating a reminder of a great leader? Thanks Mr.Morrissey and Bishop for doing it. I’d buy you both a case of beer anytime.
Who are the unbelievers and why go to such ends to prove this to them?

canditaylor68 on March 16, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Yeah, Reagan gave us change all right. Our budget changed into a sea of red ink.

Where were the Tea Partiers then?

orange on March 16, 2010 at 12:28 PM

No, the Democrat Party gave us the red ink–to the tune of $68 billion deficits annually. Tip O’Neill said any Reagan budget proposal was dead on arrival, then the DEM Congress went ahead to spend $1.40 for every new dollar the Treasury took in.

Learn real history for a change.

BTW–the Reagan years don’t justify $260 billion deficits a month as your friendly neighborhood Dems are doing today. So save your try at ‘equivalence’ for places having people who are less educated than you find here.

Liam on March 16, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Messed up Prius.

Electrongod on March 16, 2010 at 12:42 PM

not from the onion:

After we broke national news yesterday with another mystery billboard here in Minnesota criticizing Barack Obama

broke national news about a roadside billboard! a watershed moment in the history of journalism.

sesquipedalian on March 16, 2010 at 12:43 PM

LOL@trolls trying to steal Bishop’s props.

Makes it even sweeter.

Christien on March 16, 2010 at 12:43 PM

OT: Obama now threatening not to campaign for Dems this November not supporting his Healthcare crap sandwich…via the Telegraph in the UK

PatriotRider on March 16, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Just another good reason for a Dem not to vote for this crap…

PatriotRider on March 16, 2010 at 12:45 PM

This is awesome!

I hope the libtard infestation of the twin cities commutes past it daily!

cntrlfrk on March 16, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Bishop on March 16, 2010 at 12:26 PM

You roc… but since I can’t see the YuopTube for the new theme… can you clue us in who can’t see it?

upinak on March 16, 2010 at 12:45 PM

broke national news about a roadside billboard! a watershed moment in the history of journalism.

sesquipedalian on March 16, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Hey, chuckles, it’s a billboard in what appears to be the middle of nowhere. You can actually see yesterday from the next mile marker.

If people didn’t know about it on a national level before, and they do now because of Hot Air’s first-hand reporting, it’s broken national news.

amerpundit on March 16, 2010 at 12:45 PM

OT: Obama now threatening not to campaign for Dems this November not supporting his Healthcare crap sandwich…via the Telegraph in the UK

PatriotRider on March 16, 2010 at 12:43 PM

That’s not threat. That’s a favor.

WashJeff on March 16, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Actually, on further review:

There is absolutely no question that the photo in the post yesterday was Photoshopped. None.

I’m working on a little demo showing exactly why it’s certain and will post it as soon as I’m finished.

So why would someone make a Photoshop of a real billboard?

Because the real one is pretty washed-out and weak looking. Probably whoever submitted the first image is the buyer of the board, had the original artwork, and superimposed it over the mediocrely-printed actual board.

If Franklin happens to see this, I can save them from further embarrassments of this type.

Typhoon on March 16, 2010 at 12:47 PM

sesquipedalian on March 16, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Where have you been on all of the “Obama is tanking in polls” threads” that have plastered all over this site?

Move along trollboy.

Knucklehead on March 16, 2010 at 12:47 PM

sesquipedalian on March 16, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Considering the “Miss me yet?” billboard was covered nationally, yes, they broke national news here. Not the most exciting news, but considering what is deemed “news” these days…

strictnein on March 16, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Despite Reagan’s stated desire to cut spending, federal spending grew during his administration. However, economist Milton Friedman pointed out that non-defense spending as a percentage of national income stabilized throughout Reagan’s term, breaking a long upward trend; the number of new regulations added each year dramatically decreased as well.

Reagan’s economic policies, similar to supply-side economics and dubbed “Reaganomics,” achieved a 25% cut in the federal personal income tax, moderate deregulation and tax reform, which he believed would remove barriers to efficient economic activity. After a sharp recession, a long period of high economic growth without significant inflation ensued.

I remember how difficult it was as an adult during Carter’s foolish administration. And I remember the economic improvement in opportunities given Reagan’s administration. It is reputed that Reagan’s improvements are what supported our national economy following his departure from office all the way through the first Clinton administration despite Clinton’s agenda that eventually turned the economy down again in time for Bush’s election.

But I also remember that GHWBush called Reagan’s economic agenda “voo-doo” economics during their potus debates, not that I support Bush’s neoconservatism.

And I have recently read the “author” of “Reaganomics” who admits the intrinsic fault within the economy that was the budget idealization of our national military complex to be the only American industrial component.

maverick muse on March 16, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Where were the Tea Partiers then?

orange on March 16, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Pardon us, but we (the Tea Partiers) were still REELING from the 21% interest rates, the stagflation, the shame of the Iranian hostage crisis (and the failed attempt at rescue), and the scoldings about our “crisis of confidence” and all of the rest of the fiascos that were delivered by our 39th POTUS.

My collie says:

You forgot to mention the scheduling of the White House tennis courts. POTUS #39 was VERY concerned about THAT one, ya’ know. That, and putting on a sweater so that the thermostat could be set at 68 degrees F, remember?

CyberCipher on March 16, 2010 at 12:51 PM

You roc… but since I can’t see the YuopTube for the new theme… can you clue us in who can’t see it?
upinak on March 16, 2010 at 12:45 PM

A group called “Muse” with a song entitled Uprising.

You’ll understand when you read the lyrics, try this site to see them:

http://www.elyrics.net/read/m/muse-lyrics/uprising-lyrics.html

Bishop on March 16, 2010 at 12:52 PM

There is absolutely no question that the photo in the post yesterday was Photoshopped. None.

Probably whoever submitted the first image is the buyer of the board, had the original artwork, and superimposed it over the mediocrely-printed actual board.

Typhoon on March 16, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Agreed.

strictnein on March 16, 2010 at 12:53 PM

If people didn’t know about it on a national level before, and they do now because of Hot Air’s first-hand reporting, it’s broken national news.

amerpundit on March 16, 2010 at 12:45 PM

pulitzer nomination: guaranteed.

sesquipedalian on March 16, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Remember round 2001 when all those “miss me yet” signs featuring Al Gore showed up? Neither do I!

Seriously, even Jimmy Carter wasn’t hated as much as the filthy lying coward has become in just 12 months of rabid socialist dogma.

highhopes on March 16, 2010 at 12:53 PM

More pics of the Reagan Hope & Change billboard

The matter is settled, the sign is real.

The last remaining question, is Bishop real? Or is he one of those terminator things? ;-)

Just joking Bishop, good work, and good song!

rukiddingme on March 16, 2010 at 12:54 PM

So, if all the people that doubted Ed invite him for beer is that Ed’s ‘Beer Summit’?

4reds on March 16, 2010 at 12:56 PM

I can’t help but smile every time I see the Gipper smilin’.

Long live Ronald Maximus.

portlandon on March 16, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Typhoon on March 16, 2010 at 12:47 PM

I have to agree with you since I now see this real billboard and the black levels compared with yesterday’s pic. Also there is a horizontal dark stripe near the bottom in today’s pic that wasn’t present in yesterday’s

Electrongod on March 16, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Bishop proves that indeed the billboard does exist, and thanks for that.

I still think the original post from yesterday looks too odd. I would love to see the original, full-sized image. I know sometimes when resizing photos, they tend to become jagged at some places, and I think that is why I felt it was shopped.

This is interesting to me, because I have gotten into photoshop the past couple years, and am curious to find out all the info.

rightside on March 16, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Yeah, Reagan gave us change all right. Our budget changed into a sea of red ink.

Where were the Tea Partiers then?

orange on March 16, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Thanks so much for sharing that.

Bishop has awful taste in music.

crr6 on March 16, 2010 at 12:36 PM

You too.

broke national news about a roadside billboard! a watershed moment in the history of journalism.

sesquipedalian on March 16, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Wow, they always say deaths come in threes. 3 DOA posts in 15 minutes!

Del Dolemonte on March 16, 2010 at 12:59 PM

sesquipedalian on March 16, 2010 at 12:53 PM

The sight of President Reagan still scares you. Classic.

kingsjester on March 16, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Thanks for the memory of when times were good and this country was great. Huzzah for The Gipper. We miss you.

Old Fritz on March 16, 2010 at 1:01 PM

BTW someone should post Bishop’s pics to Free Republic. Some there were skeptical about that photo from yesterday too.

Del Dolemonte on March 16, 2010 at 1:01 PM

pulitzer nomination: guaranteed.

sesquipedalian on March 16, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Ah, I see. Every story broken nationally must be Pulitzer-worthy.

Look, I get it. Your side is going to lose in November, you’re struggling to get even watered-down legislation through Congress, and your president’s popularity is dropping like a Central Park boulder through plate glass. Things are tough.

But mocking a true statement isn’t the answer. Find another hobby. Like trying to get the stench of Patchouli out of your couch.

amerpundit on March 16, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Where have you been on all of the “Obama is tanking in polls” threads” that have plastered all over this site?

Knucklehead on March 16, 2010 at 12:47 PM

you mean the other breaking news one about his stable approval over the last 3 months?

sesquipedalian on March 16, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Yeah, Reagan gave us change all right. Our budget changed into a sea of red ink.

Where were the Tea Partiers then?

orange on March 16, 2010 at 12:28 PM

I was still in school. But I was glad to see that at least for the money spent, we got back world dominance and the end of the Soviet Union.

The “stimulus” dwarfed all that Regan ever spent. Somehow getting electric golf carts doesn’t pack the same punch as being able to sleep without fear of nuclear war as a kid.

DrAllecon on March 16, 2010 at 1:05 PM

you mean the other breaking news one about his stable approval over the last 3 months?

sesquipedalian on March 16, 2010 at 1:03 PM

That’s right…..stable as in right in the toilet for the past 3 months.

Knucklehead on March 16, 2010 at 1:05 PM

ED- could we do a HA fundraiser to put up another billboard (closer to November) somewhere on a super busy interstate? Wonder how much this would this cost. If everyone tossed something into the hat we could design our own billboards. Hit ‘em back with their own tactics.

Ris4victory on March 16, 2010 at 1:08 PM

you mean the other breaking news one about his stable approval over the last 3 months?

sesquipedalian on March 16, 2010 at 1:03 PM

People in coma are “stable”, too. A consistent speed going off the cliff isn’t good news.

However, Gallup found “the lowest weekly average of his administration so far”. So things aren’t exactly looking better.

amerpundit on March 16, 2010 at 1:09 PM

We now know he owns a car, lives in Minnesota, and either owns or borrowed a camera.

amerpundit on March 16, 2010 at 12:23 PM

How do we know he doesn’t live in his car?

(Teasen’ ya, Bish…)

Bruno Strozek on March 16, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Thanks, Bishop and Ed.

Missy on March 16, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Bishop has awful taste in music.

crr6 on March 16, 2010 at 12:36 PM

So do I, but back to you… You have awful taste in politicians.

MeatHeadinCA on March 16, 2010 at 1:12 PM

+10 for Bishop and Ed.

MeatHeadinCA on March 16, 2010 at 1:12 PM

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