Downtown George W. Bush statue mysteriously knocked over

RAPID CITY, S.D. — It remains a mystery as to why the statue of President George W. Bush was found knocked over yesterday on his corner of 5th and St. Joseph Streets in Rapid City.

Local sculptor, James Van Nuys manages the maintenance and repairs of the presidential statues.

He says earlier this week he noticed Bush leaning about halfway over — ironically to the left — as if he had been hit.

The spot where George W. Bush’s statue usually stands on the corner of 5th and St. Joseph Streets.

According to the Rapid City Police Department there were no criminal or traffic reports involving the statue.

Bush is on his way to Spearfish to have the base straightened out by the original sculptor, Jim Maher.

“It didn’t damage the statue itself, except for the base, which was a little bent,” says Van Nuys. “I was thinking that Jim could unbend that and we should have the statue back on the street pretty quickly.”

This is the third time that one of Jim’s statues has been hit.

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