Filed under: Political Pranks
Update: See end of post for some historical perspective from Steve Lambert…
Submitted by Marcy LaViollette January 20, 2009:
Bush Street Disappears in SF Overnight
by Lori Preuitt
Bay Area News
January 20, 2009
Signs covered with new pres.
Some pranksters in San Francisco had a little presidential fun overnight by changing out several Bush Street signs into Obama Street.
They made a cover for the metal signage that looks pretty darn professional.
Someone tipped off NBCBayArea.com to the stunt just before sunrise on Inauguration Day.
At least four blocks of signs had been changed in the heart of the city’s Financial District.
There were also chalk drawings on the ground pointing up to get pedestrians to notice the “change.”
It’s not clear how serious a crime this is or if police will bother to prosecute.
We assume crews will take them down at some point. People could get lost you know, this is a tourist town.
There is a rally that is expected to be held at Bush Street and Presidio later today –– where Bush Street officially stops with a little “end” sign on the street corner.
Update submitted by Steve Lambert, January 20, 2009:
It’s history now, but on the eve of George W. Bush’s inauguration in 2001 over 60 volunteers collaborated and changed the San Francisco Bush Street signs to “Puppet” Street.
Video edited with Dan Janos. 1st place winner of 1st Annual Adbusters TV video contest.