Looking back at the GW Bush presidency

I just returned from participating on a cartoonists panel looking back at the George W Bush presidency at Hofstra University in Long Island, NY.  Our moderator was Roslyn Mazer, a great supporter of cartoonists’ free speech rights who represented the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists in an amicus brief for the famous Hustler v Falwell case  in 1987.  The other cartoonists on the panel were Mike Peters from the Dayton Daily News, Steve Breen from the San Diego Times Union-Tribune, and Mike Luckovich from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  It’s always fun to get together with my colleagues and this particular group had me laughing most of the time.  Especially Mike Peters.  The evening before our panel Roslyn herded us to a local Italian restaurant (think The Sopranos) and watching Mike interact with our waiter was priceless.

The next day while we waited in the hospitality room before our panel I mentioned to Mike that the former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden was sitting over at the next table. Without missing a beat Mike rushed over to his table, introduced himself, and proceeded to ask the creator of the NSA warrantless surveillance program  to “just forget” hearing that obscene phone call he had with his wife.MikePeters&HaydenSM

A sketch from another panel at the Hofstra presidential conference, “The Constitution, Executive Power and National Security Post-9/11.  If you put everything Michael Hayden said during the discussion into one sentence it would be: The Obama administration is doing the same bad stuff we did.  HaydenPanelSketch

Hillary is digging herself out of 2016 race

An animated gif from my Washington Post blog (click image for link):

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Another Bush presidency?

Former governor Jeb Bush gave a foreign policy speech yesterday in Chicago where he tried to distance himself from his brother George’s administration.  In case you’ve forgotten what a disaster the last Bush presidency was, take a look at this.

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Brian Williams is not the problem

The salivating Washington media is.  Don’t get me wrong; I couldn’t care less about Brian Williams.  If ever there was an example of a stereotypical blow-dried network  news anchor, it’s him.  But all the chatter by the Washington talking heads about this issue just exposes the fact that far less attention was paid to all the news personalities and organizations who didn’t hold the Bush administration accountable in the lead up to the Iraq War- a much more important issue.

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The King of Saudi Arabia dies

King Abdullah has died at age 90.

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A cartoon from the archives

Finally. SCOTUS agrees to take on marriage equality

Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriages.  The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee over whether  same-sex marriages should be legal throughout the nation or if individual states have the right to determine that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.  It’s time for the question to be resolved.  It’s time for equality for all Americans.

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