A Political Cartoon by Joe Fournier

Animation by Joe Fournier

Apparently my last post about Sarah Palin wasn’t animated enough for some readers, so here is “Sarah Palin and the Bush Doctrine: An Animated Interview” by Joe Fournier. It’s the second animated short he’s created for the Chicago Tribune website.


  • HarryJ

    Oh come on. She’s not THAT smart.

    The only difference between this “woman” and Barney Fife is that Barney was FICTIONAL:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBuPQgV8yBM

  • Max Ward

    Still too much Matt Damon

  • http://jasonswickportfolio.blogspot.com/ Jason Swick

    Ok so when are you going to post something animation “related” that slams Obama?

  • Rachel Willis

    *sigh*

    You know, not all your readers are Democrats. I don’t come to this site for politics, I come for news about animation. Thanks for correcting my misguided notion.

    I wish more purveyors of the Arts would remember Michael Jordon’s position on politics, when asked why he didn’t air his opinions: “Republicans buy Nikes too.”

    You’re free to air your views of course. Just don’t expect me to hang around and listen to it.

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com FP

    In what way is my Charlie sense tingling?

  • Jason

    Hey, HarryJ: threatened much?

  • amid

    Rachel writes, I don’t come to this site for politics, I come for news about animation.

    Rachel – And that’s what we offer. I’m not posting these to present any political view. I could care less about Democrats and Republicans from a political standpoint and have never subscribed to either side. I’m posting these because I think they’re animation-related and I find them interesting. If I see something interesting from the other party that’s animation-related, I’ll also post that.

    Jason Swick writes, “Ok so when are you going to post something animation “related” that slams Obama?”

    Haven’t found anything to post yet but send me some suggestions and they may end up on the Brew.

  • HarryJ

    “Ok so when are you going to post something animation “related” that slams Obama?”

    When he does something to be slammed for that’d be funny! Until then, he’ll have to be smart, articulate, and offering the largest tax cut to 80% of the American public in U.S. history.

    And even if you don’t care for Obama, at least he’s not stupid like she is.

    But those caricatures are great.

  • http://Mr.FunsBlog floyd Norman

    It’s funny to listen to people squabble over politics while the U.S. economy heads into the tank.

  • Thad
  • DanO

    You know whats funny? whats so funny that its kind of sad? Is that one of the people in that interview had an incorrect impression of what the Bush doctrine is and it wasn’t Sarah Palin. It was Charlie Gibson.

    Yet, the people trying to deride Palin’s performance in that interview are downright ignorant that the Bush Doctrine’s definition has changed three separate times during the last eight years. Charles Krauthammer elaborates:

    Palin responded, quite sensibly to a question that is ambiguous, “In what respect, Charlie?”

    Sensing his “gotcha” moment, Gibson refused to tell her. After making her fish for the answer, Gibson grudgingly explained to the moose-hunting rube that the Bush doctrine “is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense.”

    Wrong.

    I know something about the subject because, as the Wikipedia entry on the Bush doctrine notes, I was the first to use the term. In the cover essay of the June 4, 2001, issue of the Weekly Standard entitled, “The Bush Doctrine: ABM, Kyoto, and the New American Unilateralism,”

    http://tinyurl.com/42ojgw

  • http://electronghosthouse.com/ Paul K.

    Regardless of party affiliation, you gotta admit a good lampooning when you see one.
    Besides, why can’t animation be on the pulse of current events like other fine arts? The absurdity derived from this interview can only be explained through caricature and exaggerated paraphrase– which makes sense for an animated interpretation.

    As for politics,
    Palin’s a joke and I’m glad I saw this.

  • Tim Elliot

    I understand Amid’s comments on this thread — but, I can’t help think he’s being insincere — that Matt Damen video against Palin mentions Disney movies and… some Disney movies are animated… so it’s animation related?!

    (but, on the flip side, I did love the Matt Damen post and showed it to my wife.)

  • ridgecity

    I can’t believe there are people that would still vote for them. Wall Street is losing 500 point every couple days… you know how much money is that?

    Sadly, they are good for wars, another thing they are losing at… 4 more years and the empire is done.

  • GhaleonQ

    Come on, conservatives. Amid posted something legitimate this time, so settle down.

  • Gerard de Souza

    What I find a wonderful evolution of the editorial cartoon is that this paper has its illustrator animating on the web.

  • http://fieldofcandidates.blogspot.com/ Bill Field

    Amid, your last post may not have been animated– but the discussion sure was!

  • http://fieldofcandidates.blogspot.com/ Bill Field

    HarryJ says:”The only difference between this “woman” and Barney Fife is that Barney was FICTIONAL:”

    You’ve never driven through any small Texas towns, have you?

  • Dan

    From a lefty: To be fair, that portrayal of the interview wasn’t right. More succinctly, “That ain’t right! (SNAP!)”. Yet, it had me laughing. I’d never seen an animated political cartoon. I was about to comment on the still frame and how I thought it didn’t qualify as political satire, then I saw the link. I also have to agree with Mr. Field. That last Palin post was among the most animated I can recall. We may be a little geeky, but the passion is great!

  • http://www.miehana.blogspot.com Kevin Kidney

    Thanks for the link to this, Amid. I enjoyed it! Fun to see an animated editorial cartoon.

  • Sam Filstrup

    Nice post, I for one found it funny. To all the people nay saying, it is animation after all. As artists isn’t it our job to lampoon from time to time? Everyone has an opinion and this is their blog, just sit back and enjoy.

  • http://stephenchappell.co.uk William Chappell

    This one was good.

  • Paul N

    “You know whats funny? whats so funny that its kind of sad? Is that one of the people in that interview had an incorrect impression of what the Bush doctrine is and it wasn’t Sarah Palin. It was Charlie Gibson.”

    Gibson would have to have been the one who had the incorrect impression, since Palin had no idea at all what it was. The definition may have changed over the last few years, but she didn’t know either what it currently is or what it has been.

  • Badjoojoo

    Art devoid of politics? NO SUCH THING.

  • Rachel Willis

    “If I see something interesting from the other party that’s animation-related, I’ll also post that.”

    Really? I’ll take you up on that then. :) Let’s see if I can get it done before the election…

  • Badjoojoo

    Mark Fiore also does some pretty funny animated editorial cartoons.

  • vinllo

    Ok pass the popcorn. im still waiting for the J.Biden animation cartoon. This guy has plenty skeletons in the box and not the smartest guy in the room. what!! He is the smartest guy in the room. why because he said so .

    By the way are there any governers / mayors on this blog?

    That what I thought. lmao

  • John A

    DanO, even YOU have to admit that the world has CHANGED a tiny bit since June 4, 2001. Charlie Gibson was refering to the present Bush Doctrine.

  • Jason

    Oh come on. Obama is comedy gold. A guy who went to a church run by a race-baiting preacher, who’s spent half his time as a Senator running for president, who thinks there are 57 states in the union, who has mostly voted “Present” rather than “yea” or “nay” when he bothers to show up for work (and this guy is an instigator of change?) and so-called “gifted” speaker who can’t function without a Teleprompter is a far better target (for cartoonists with actual comedic instincts) than an accomplished governor who can claim an 80% approval rating from the people she serves. If you can’t see Obama’s comedy potential, then you will have lived up to what the South Park creators’ said about liberals: “Turns out they have no sense of humor”.

  • DanO

    Jason, is it the policy of treating nations that harbor terrorists as terrorists themselves, or is it the policy of promoting democracy in all regions of the world, or is it a willingness to pursue US military interests in a unilateral way.
    In response to Gibson’s question, the only correct answer would be:
    “In what respect”

    Which is what she answered. Its the correct answer. Charlie Gibson didn’t elaborate because he did not know that there are 4 different post 9/11 definitions for the term. He said:
    “The Bush doctrine, as I understand it, is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense”

    WRONG.
    The guy is a complete idiot. Look up the definition at wikipedia and you can see it is a term with multiple uses. Its like asking someone if they are against piracy. What kind?

  • Bobby D.

    I believe Sara’s confusion was due to the fact that she attended many colleges before getting her degree. At these schools she would have received lots of different lessons and just needed to have a little help sorting that out…oh, you betcha…go you Mavericks! That smug Gibson fella, heck he only went to ONE college to get his degree..how smart could he be! Yaaw…

  • http://andrewatteberry.blogspot.com Andrew Lee

    DanO…

    Your grasping here. Regardless of what the question was, it was blatantly obvious that she was just throwing out answers that had been fed to her by the campaign trainers. There were a few moments where one could see the real Palin, which made the scripted answers just that much more obvious, and even more obvious were the moments when she was lost.

    The Bush doctrine has always revolved around “Preemtive War”, the other definitions are, “as I understand them”, to be ways of justifying Preemtive War. Most don’t even know what the Doctrine is, I concede that, however any political junky, politician, or member of the news media knows exactly what it is….with the exception of Sarah Palin. I think that it is also worthy to note that, if Palin had not seemed so awkward when she was asked, people wouldn’t be making such a big deal about it. She seemed incredibly uncomfortable by the question, and it showed.

    I’m not trying to get into with you, I just don’t think that it does anyone any good to overlook obvious flaws in a candidate just so that one feels more confident in their choice.

    I will personally be voting for Obama…those reasons are my own and not any business of anyone else…however I won’t and don’t make any excuses for him or the mistakes he’s made.

  • http://www.enclothe.com Derek M

    Jason says:

    “Oh come on. Obama is comedy gold. A guy who went to a church run by a race-baiting preacher”

    Is he race baiting preacher or an american hero? You decide..

    Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Son of a Baptist minister. Member of the Marine Corps and the US Navy. Doctor. Master’s degree in English and Ministry. Professor. As a minister, he grew Trinity United Church of Christ from 87 congregates to over 6,000.

    He also saved the life of Pres Lyndon Johnson in ’66

    Maybe there’s more to this guy than a 30 second clip replayed on the news constantly can tell you?

    Jason also said:

    “who has mostly voted “Present” rather than “yea” or “nay” when he bothers to show up for work (and this guy is an instigator of change?)”

    Obama has sponsored 130 bills while in office. You can find this information at the Library of Congress with a simple search.

    Then Jason said this:
    “and so-called “gifted” speaker who can’t function without a Teleprompter”

    You’re kidding right? Something tells me you’re not really paying attention.

    “is a far better target (for cartoonists with actual comedic instincts) than an accomplished governor who can claim an 80% approval rating from the people she serves.”

    I dunno, I think they’re both fair targets, Palin has plenty about her that is funny. What’s really funny though is listening to people try and defend her when everyone knows she’s a joke.

    Jason finished with this;
    “If you can’t see Obama’s comedy potential, then you will have lived up to what the South Park creators’ said about liberals: “Turns out they have no sense of humor”.

    I personally think Obama is full of comedy potential. This is one of my favorite Obama pics..

    http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2007/08/17/us/politics/20070817_IOWA_SLIDESHOW_8.html

    I said it before and I’ll say it again…TURN OFF THE CABLE NEWS AND THE TALK RADIO. Think for yourself, question authority.

  • http://www.spitandspite.com Abel Salazar

    The do it yourself Jason! Take Rachel’s lead and quit your whining, i’m sure if it’s decent it’ll be here.

    Also, enough with all the people crying and moaning about “oh this cartoon site is too political, or isn’t showing only what I want to see”, GROWUP! it’s their site! You don’t like it, put down your coffee and bagel and do you own. Here, I’ll even help you out:

    https://www.blogger.com/start

  • http://www.spitandspite.com Abel Salazar

    And now we’re referencing Wikipedia???

    Now that’s comedy.

  • J Hobart B

    DanO, you may have a point about the definition of the Bush Doctrine having evolved, and even about Charlie Gibson’s understanding of it being flawed.

    But you are absolutely BONKERS if you expect me to believe that that’s what Sarah Palin had in mind when she answered him.

  • Dan

    Hey DanO, you’re right-Basically, his question to her was a lot like asking her if if she is against piracy. I agree with you! I think in wikipedia you might find the correct answer to that question to be, “it’s illegal, and therefore wrong”. (Snap! again)