In February 2010, just about a full year after Barack Obama took office, a series of billboards mysteriously popped up along Interstate 35 in a town called Wyoming, Minn. They showed a photo of a waving President George W. Bush, flashing a cheeky grin, above copy that said, "Miss me yet?"
The meme quickly caught on and soon plastered car rear bumpers, T-shirts and posters. But despite the viral spread of "Miss me yet?" merchandise, it turned out that the answer was decidedly: No.
America, by and large, did not miss President Bush yet.
He left office with a 33 percent favorability rate, according to Gallup. By the time the billboards were up in 2010,...