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I love Elvis analogies. Using Elvis is kinda like using the celebrity, rock star and messiah bit all in one. Only bad thing about drawing a cartoon like this (which took some time) is that "Suspcious Minds" was stuck in my head for the rest of the night. But thankfully, Obama knocked that tune out of my head by playing some stale country song at the end of his speech. What was up with that?
In 1992 at the end of Bill Clinton’s acceptance speech and "Don’t Stop" by Fleetwood Mac started playing, I knew he was going to win the election. I was anticipating another such moment at the end of Obama’s speech but instead of something like "Thunder Road" I got some sort of twangy song about being an Oklahoman American.
Now McCain just needs to end his speech with John Fogerty’s "Old Man Down The Road" and the election is his to give away.
Obama did give a good speech and it wasn’t just rhetoric. He countered every assault lodged at him from the McCain campaign and he also went specific on his plans. His only problem is that he doesn’t have any experience of ever enacting anything legislative. At the end of his speech, his inexperience was the McCain’s argument…and then McCain taps Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his Veep choice? McCain just took away his argument that Obama isn’t ready to be president. You’re going to convince me that a governor of a low population state in office for less than two years is ready to be president, but Obama’s not? You guys have fun with that.
At least McCain named his veep on a Friday morning so I can draw it for Sunday’s paper today. Obama made me come in here on a Saturday afternoon by waiting to text his choice at 3:00 am on a Saturday morning.
I liked the rough of my Obama/Elvis that I’m posting it today.
I was doodling during Obama’s speech and I created this. I don’t think my editor would like it. You would have to actually hear the speech to get the cartoon. The major Republican in the office saw it this morning and didn’t understand it all. Of course, he thinks the last eight years have been excellent.
Of course lots of other cartoonists covered the speech and most of them wanted to use an MLK analogy. Here we go, J.D. Crowe, Rob Rogers (who was in Denver), Adam Zyglis, Steve Greenberg, Jeff Darcy, Mike Lester (but he was at least critical of Obama where the others are kinda sorta worshipping the guy), Matt Davies (the pun counts!), Mark Streeter (who finds a way to draw clouds,a halo and dead guys even when it’s not an obit toon), David Horsey, Mike Keefe (who also travelled to Denver), Bruce Plante, Mike Luckovich and Mike Peters. That’s thirteen MLK cartoons. Maybe I won’t draw an MLK cartoon today.