Cartoonists Bemoan the Bush Buh-Bye (Part 2)
For nearly all of this young century, political cartoonists on both sides of the aisle have been able to agree on one thing: President Bush has been very, very good to them.
When one world leader gives so much -- is so consistently generous -- the professional pain of separation can be great. On Monday, we heard from some cartoonists who shared their pain. Today, as Bush's two-step toward Texas nears, 'Riffs continues to share tales of creative grief.
Two top cartoonists from Southern newspapers -- Mike Luckovich in Atlanta, and Scott Stantis in Birmingham -- bemoan the Bush buh-bye:
MIKE LUCKOVICH (Atlanta Journal-Constitution):
I'm going to miss W. because he was such an insecure phony. That's why he surrounded himself with "yes" men and women. The way he held his hands at his sides, like he was about to draw his six-shooters, struck me as a pose. I think he wanted to be seen as kind of a Reagan-like cowboy, which explains his campaign-prop "ranch."
This is harsh, but I believe his arrogance and his ability to be in denial over the messes he created shows he's missing some fundamental part of his humanity. Which all adds up to why i found him to be such a wonderful target. Obama is going to be [brutal] for cartoonists.
SCOTT STANTIS (Birmingham News):
Part of what I"ll miss is the liberal reaction to my Bush cartoons. From a [conservative] cartoonist's perspective, I found that it confused readers when I eventually did some anti-Bush cartoons, especially on civil liberties. And Obama will be an interesting challenge because I respect him, even though I disagree with him on most every issue.
What will you miss about Bush, as well as Bush cartoons?
| January 15, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
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