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Posted at 1:50 PM ET, 06/ 9/2009

Obama in the Muslim World: Who Spins It Best?

By Michael Cavna

Many cartoonists I know are prone to leaping, panting like puppies, at the mention of two simple words: "Road trip."

Short of hitting the wild blue yonder themselves, though, the second-best thing for many political cartoonists is when a PRESIDENT goes on a road trip. From botched protocol to quirky gifts (an iPod for Her Royal Highness? Really? I might have gone with the Kindle) to losing your lunch all over a foreign head of state, there's surely something that will provide prime cartoon fodder.

Recently, of course, we've had President Obama's trip to the Arab world. So it is that I present you my gift as an Ambassador of Cartooning: a gallery of five recent editorial cartoons about Obama's trip that caught my eye. Feel free to vote for your fave:

JERRY HOLBERT (courtesy of





By Michael Cavna  | June 9, 2009; 1:50 PM ET
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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Like him or not, Obama isn't stupid. Ramirez ought to be slapped silly for his Fox-inspired fiction.

Posted by: pltrgyst | June 9, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Zyglis portrays the situation most accurately, but I'm enough of a hopeless idealist to like Sherffius' cartoon best.

Posted by: nvanative | June 9, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Rogers hits the nail on the head. The basis of US foreign policy in the Middle East will always be the internal combustion engine.

Posted by: seismic-2 | June 9, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Rameriz is an ass. Not funny and disrespectful to not just Obama.

Posted by: Montanan | June 10, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

The Rameriz cartoon doesn't even make sense: Obama has apologized for government actions, NEVER for soldiers' actions (oher than for illegal acts by soldiers, and that's not relevant to Memorial Day)

Posted by: comicsidontunderstand | June 10, 2009 7:20 AM | Report abuse

A "woman scorned" is a cliche. They really meant a "leftist scorned".

Posted by: kcghost | June 10, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

In Arabic, Sherffius' drawing actually means "oatmeal."

Posted by: tomtildrum | June 10, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

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