Cartoonists Hammer Bush on Sheehan Issue

By: E&P Staff

The refusal of President Bush to meet this month with Cindy Sheehan, whose son died in Iraq, has inspired many editorial cartoons now collected in one area of “Daryl Cagle’s Professional Cartoonists Index.”

Cagle’s Web site links to the “Showdown with Sheehan” section on the top of its home page today.

Inside the section, one of the drawings is by Cagle himself. The cartoonist shows Bush contentedly sleeping despite the presence of mothers outside his window holding signs saying things like “My son died for nothing.”

Another cartoon, by Larry Wright of The Detroit News, pictures Bush lounging in the Texas sun telling a Secret Service agent: “I don’t think I’ll need the sunscreen this vacation.” The reason? Sheehan is blocking the sun with a huge placard reading: “What did my son die for in Iraq, Mr. President?”

Chan Lowe of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Tribune Media Services (TMS) shows a Secret Service agent informing Sheehan: “The emperor would very much like to meet with you, but he can’t seem to find his clothes.”

Mike Thompson of the Detroit Free Press and Copley News Service pictures Bush responding to four questions in four panels. Question 1 — Al Qaeda? Bush replies: “Bring ’em on!” 2 — Iraq insurgents? Bush: “Stay the course!” 3 — Osama bin Laden? Bush: “Dead or Alive!” 4 — Grieving mother of a dead soldier? Bush (as he cowers behind a curtain of his house): “Is she gone yet?”

Among the other cartoons is one by Drew Sheneman of The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., and TMS that shows Bush being advised about how to sneak past Sheehan: “You hunch down in the back of the car under a blanket and we’ll drive right past her.” The cartoon’s caption: “Finally working on an exit strategy.”

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