Love this! Won't it be refreshing to have someone real in the W.H.! And whenMichelle is asked leading questions about the girls and the reporterobviously has an answer in mind, I always enjoy her honest, unexpectedanswers.Q: Are the girls excited about all of this? (asked so enthusiastically)A: No, not reallyThis administration has been such a secret society. Who is Barack Obama? Areyou kidding me? Who is George W. Bush?Miss ya! Bonnie
I’m back in the dark with Jack.....I didn’t ‘get’ today’s cartoon.)Sherri
Sherri it's a play on the 3 AM phone call motif, but the joke is that black people often stay up late so they'd be awake at 3 AM. Too stereotypcal? KARYL
After I wrote to you, I went back to see what my confusion was and realizedthat the ‘red thing’ was a phone.....the inside ‘ring’ marks and the button beneath it looked like an animal face to me......duh. Also, as it seemed ‘cruel’ to M and BO,I thought I was missing the point. (Am I dumber than a 5th grader?)S.
I am getting scads of mail on this. Funny how my favorite toons are always misunderstond or disliked. I'v e got to learn to draw clearer! Karyl
This one is Perfect for November 5th......let's ALL do what we can to get there. Bestest, Charlie
K: I have hunted, scrounged, searched, and dug, but I can't find my comment anywhere amongst all of you blog material.When I do click comments all I get is application forms to fill out re blogs and blogging. Where am I going astray?Don't worry about, "What will you do after the election?" Geezuz look around you at this time and place. What a friggin(I left off the g since it has become politically Palin correct) mess we're living in. You know I think things are so bad that because of Bush II and his whole inept administration, if Sarah Paling (I added the g back) was the Democratic nominee running against McCain, she would win. Probably not with the overwhelming majority of votes that Obama will receive but enough to beat that old fart Bush III. Vote twice. John
Since Obama is a Muslim and an Arab who pals around with terrorists, once he's in the White House, he won't have to answer The Phone. It won't ring because our enemies will love us and won't be our enemies anymore. Is that popcorn buttered?
Karyl, I'm afraid this one bothers me. It seems racist and stereotyping to show the Obamas dancing to black music at 3 in the morning and not hearing the red phone ring.Trina
Thanks Trina,I love the input. Quite a few cartoonists are saying there's not going to be anything to say that's funny if Barack gets elected and yet others say that it will free the funny up. With that in mind, I was thinking about the blacks I've known well (Richard Pryor for one) who stayed up LATE. That's what the stereotype was supposed to be about. As far as not answering the red phone - yeah it doesn't help our cause. Do you think I should take remove the cartoon? Can I copy your letter onto my site without your name?Karyl
Personally, I would remove the cartoon, but that's me. And of course you can put my letter on your website, and you can use my name!Trina
Hi Karyl,Sure, you can use my response, but I was so surprised that toon raisedracial sensitivities. I don't tell or like racial jokes, but I'm not colorblind either. When I see the Obama's, I see a black family and the part ofBarack's heritage that I see in his face is his father's side. But when Isaw the dance scene, I saw a couple celebrating and enjoying the personal(not secret) part of their life. And Michelle as Barack's partner, to me,represents the intellectual equal of this brilliant man. Probably making toomuch of this, but if we are going to have a situation where prettyopen-minded "white people" (hate that designation--"white" translates into"nothing" to me) are so worried about being perceived as prejudice that theycould look at that cartoon and see stereotypes, I can see a lot of walkingon eggs getting in the way of honest dialog. And if those responses camefrom a variety of ethnicities, I guess it just means that the painfuljourney into the 21st century has to include a continued recognition of ourhistory. And what better way to acknowledge our history and heal as a nationthan to go through this process of bringing qualified women and people ofcolor into leadership. That's what frustrates me about Palin! There are somany smart and able women that could promote the cause of equality andcontribute to making things better-like Hillary. And who do we have runningfor VP? Wow, what a set back and how insulting!Good job as a cartoonist being provocative! That's what we need. It getshonest dialog going. Sounds like a lot of self-examination could come out ofthis one!Whew! Bonnie
K. Voila, I found myself in your blog comments. Mazel. However I will now try to put those comments in your comments box and see if you get them. Meantime I have been reading your fan mail right along, no problemo. The Barrack/Michelle dancing in the dark toon was spot on. What the hell are your overly sensitive liberal readersworried about? A black young lady I know looked at the toon and said, "Hey that's us. What's the beef?" Things will lighten up when the Obama family moves in. Are those kids adorable or what? There's a new world acoming. Vote three times. John
Well, it was kind of . . . complicated. There were like 1,000 40-ounce bottle tops in front of the red phone. And then there was the basketball jersey (which I recognize as the professional team from Barack’s home state, but others may just take as a stereotype…kind of like the like the 40-ounce bottles…). I liked the cigarette a lot (I’m a closet smoker, just like Barack!). Some may have seen it as a joint -- more folks probably smoke pot these days than cigs. And they’re fixin’ to have sex – let’s get it on nnnn -- at 3:00 am (I personally have no problem with this!!!). But there’s a crisis somewhere and Barack & Michelle are partying (whereas Hillary would have answered it on the first ring fully dressed in a pantsuit no less!). I liked the plaid pants…a lot! Very un-Barack…and very funny! Just accept the fact that when you reach the level of seriousness that your now vast following associates to you, that if you do something a little “edgy”, you’re going to get a response. Not necessarily a bad thing. As you know it means they’re interested, watching you, and care!!!
L- Well, it was kind of . . . complicated. There were like 1,000 40-ounce bottle tops in front of the red phone. K- That was supposed to be popcorn.L- And then there was the basketball jersey (which I recognize as the professional team from Barack’s home state, but others may just take as a stereotype…kind of like the like the 40-ounce bottles…). I liked the cigarette a lot (I’m a closet smoker, just like Barack!). K- Notice they were Kools - talk about at black stereotype!L- Some may have seen it as a joint -- more folks probably smoke pot these days than cigs. L- And they’re fixin’ to have sex – let’s get it on nnnn -- at 3:00 am (I personally have no problem with this!!!). K- They were only dancing, but Lets Get It On was the lyric in the song. Not that they weren't going to have sex... I was only trying to indicate that they were staying up late having a good time. L- But there’s a crisis somewhere and Barack & Michelle are partying (whereas Hillary would have answered it on the first ring fully dressed in a pantsuit no less!).L-I liked the plaid pants…a lot! Very un-Barack…and very funny!K- Oh you know what Barack's pj bottoms look like?L- Just accept the fact that when you reach the level of seriousness that your now vast following associates to you, that if you do something a little “edgy”, you’re going to get a response. Not necessarily a bad thing. As you know it means they’re interested, watching you, and care!!!Les
I personally thought it was funny, and I *totally* missed the Kools! I think beer before popcorn…that’s just me… And FYI, Barack has pinstriped PJ’s! They looked like they were having a great time…and totally thinking sex over red phone (maybe if it were the Bill & Hillary phone???)Les