George W. Bush statue.

Street Corner President: George W. Bush

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Rapid City, South Dakota

Rapid City's City of Presidents public art project succeeded, over a ten year period, in commissioning and placing life-sized bronze depictions of all of America's past Presidents on its street corners. The depictions are generally flattering -- take this George W. Bush by artist Jim Maher, with its cheery thumbs up directed at downtown.

Installed in 2010, barely a year after Bush left office and in the thick of the Great Recession, America's 43rd President might have been a controversial figure. He's smiling, right arm outstretched to imagined onlookers. In his left arm he holds his pet terrier, Barney. A cute photo op.

So where in town is GWB standing? On the corner of a Hardee's fast food restaurant parking lot, near the marquee. During our visit the sign read: "IT'S BACK - BLUEBERRY BISCUIT," and its mission won't be accomplished until President Bush is photographed with every Hardee's menu change and late night snack promotion.

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Also see: America's Street Corner Presidents

Street Corner President: George W. Bush

5th St., Rapid City, SD
SE corner of 5th St. and St. Joseph St.
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America's Founding Fathers Exhibit, Rapid City, SD - 7 mi.

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