Today, we’re going to look at a cartoon featuring former President George W. Bush. I chose this cartoon for a number of reasons. First of all, I audibly laughed out loud. As you may have realized by now, a cartoon that makes me laugh is more likely to make its way on my blog. Second of all, there’s a lot of great subtle references that I’d like to tease out. And finally, there are a lot of not-subtle references in there. Layers, people, layers!
Today I want to talk about one of the inspirations for this blog: Richard Nixon. Nixon had a variety of cartoonists drawing him in a variety of different ways, but the one I want to focus on today is Herblock’s “sewer cartoon.”
The Gadsden Flag, like Franklin’s “Join or Die”, is an older symbol, dating from 1775. The flag in and of itself is not necessarily a cartoon, but it has enough meaning and symbolism behind it that it can be considered as such. Plus, we have to address the 2017 rekindling of the Gadsden Flag, which was a meme-phenomenon.