(Alternate title: Moron, that damn billboard)
To answer that question, which judging by its Facebook popularity has plenty of people inexplicably answering in the affirmative, I can only say:
• I'd respond to that with, "There's a better chance a black man will be elected president and the Saints will win the Super Bowl," but those things have happened. So to more accurately convey my unlikelihood of missing George W. Bush, I'll say, "There's a better chance Bush will be regarded as not a failure than that I'll ever miss him."
• The refusal of congressional Republicans and many moderate-conservative Democrats to vote for some of President Obama's sought-after legislation is disappointing, outrageous even. But that doesn't make Obama a failure or make me regret not voting for John McCain. Republican leaders, get over yourselves and create a platform that doesn't entirely bank on obstruction and hoping for failure.
• Just as a flaw in the theory of evolution doesn't automatically validate the Book of Genesis version of Creationism, neither does gridlock in the Obama administration make George W. Bush somehow preferable. OK, maybe that's not the best way to debate that. But you get the idea.
• You know how I (and others) keep accusing the GOP of being childish and almost cartoonishly stupid in just about every way possible? This isn't helping.
• On the other hand, this could be a big, expensive joke, as the picture suggests. But that wouldn't explain its popularity in neoconservative areas such as, say, my hometown.
• On the other, other hand (third hand?), most pictures of Dubya look like this, so it probably isn't so much of a statement.
• This is a stupid question anyway, because it's not like we can bring Bush back even if we wanted to. At the very least, put John McCain up there and say, "Change?" Fewer syllables, more relevant. Do I have to do all the marketing for you guys?
• As much as I hate to admit it, I could conceivably find myself answering yes to this question. For example, if I missed being constantly angry and upset at our government. Or if Sarah Palin became president. In the latter case, I would at least hope that Barack Obama's picture would be there instead. But in all honesty — and, again, as much as I hate to admit it — it would probably work either way in that horrifying case. I'd rather not find out for real.
• As Jerry Seinfeld once said, "You've got to get people to miss you a little bit." Bush would do well to make like Seinfeld and disappear for a decade or so. Comeback entirely optional.