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Something Fishy About These Cartoons …

It amuses me to reuse old cartoons; I don’t find much opportunity to do it, but when I do, I chuckle to myself and take an extra hour for lunch.  Today’s deja-toon is the stinky White House fish, which is “Crazy Spending” taking attention away from the Obama Administration’s health care planning.


Back in January of 2007 the fish was the Iraq War, stinking up george W. Bush’s White House when he wanted everyone to think that things smelled fine.

Back in July of 2003, before the days of color cartoons, there was a brewing scandal in the CIA, which lent its aroma to the Bush White House.

In January of 2002, the first dead fish to land on the White House was the stinky Enron scandal.

What I find most interesting about my bi-annual parade of dead White House fish, is that no one has ever noticed.  I haven’t even gotten a friendly email from a fan or editor saying, “Haven’t I seen that fish before, Daryl?”  No one remembers the fish.  It is entirely forgettable, which, I suppose, makes the point.  The White House never seems to notice the fish either.

By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post.

19 replies on “Something Fishy About These Cartoons …”

I notice the picture is exactly the same – as a cartoonist I am always tempted to reuse a cartoon, but cringe when looking back at what I had done before; I could never reuse the art, but ideas are free range.

It says something to be so confident in a drawing from 7 years ago, but I just can't ever see myself doing it. I'd be jittery and tense the entire day after it ran.

I just want to say I love the look of your artwork and style of your lettering. You are an amazing artist.

As long as there are politicians in the White House, there will be issues (dead fish) that stink it up. They are incapable of making long-term good decisions because they are only interested in getting re-elected. It is a classic idea.

The worst stench I can think of is the odor from the Clinton Administration. It carries over from their time as governor of Arkansas when Bill Clinton told the state police to turn their backs on the drug dealers and two 17-year-old boys were murdered after stumbling upon a drug transaction. The fact that no one has been indicted should compel us all to demand an investigation into the matter.

I just watched Sen. McCain before a townhall meeting of mostly older, conservative citizens. When a citizen told McCain to get rid of the provisions for including illegal aliens, the entire crowd erupted in loud applause. Then McCain told them that none of the plans under consideration had such provisions. Who told those ill-informed seniors that such a provision was in the plans? Here is the major stench (not Clinton's behavior 30 years ago): the propaganda lies that the Med-Pharma Industry and the Far Right are telling.
When lies rule public opinion, we no longer have democracy but plutocracy, the rule of those who have money and use it to distort the truth to win public opinion. The lies are the Great Stench. It behooves each of us to combat these lies.

Some people, even when told the facts, continue to believe the lie. Birthers, when told it doesn't matter where Obama was born, ignore this fact from the US Code, which clarifies the Constitutional rule that only "natural-born" citizens can be President.

Worse, the media outlets do not correct this lie when they report on it. Anti Obamacare folks, even when told that they can keep their Medicare or their private insurance, ignore the truth and harp on the lie that government will take over their healthcare.

Demand that your representatives vote to eliminate the antidemocratic Filibuster Rule (originating in the pro-slavery debate) by a simple majority. Why should the minority rule?
If you believe in democracy, work to eliminate the Filibuster (they don't even filibuster; now they just declare a filibuster. I would like to see the Repubs filibuster in public). When the minority rules (remember the 2000 election?), the people suffer. End the lies; end the Filibuster.

Plantgrain, you need to tell us what media your watching, because it aint the typical CNN, MSNBC, or any of the other government run media, except FOX.
Obama told them leave my family alone and they did. Palin gets in, they rip her, they rip her pregnant teen daughter and rip Sarahs down syndrome child. I dont think that filth can get any worse. Funny how when something works against the dems, he says it should be done with, but was he complaining when they did it to Bush?

Daryl you can reprint the dead fish and put the dollar sign on it, because it the next 18 months, the dollar will make the dead fish smell good, buy gold people

Ernie, you're very perceptive in revealing Plantgrain and his left-wing cohorts on this site. What's left of the dwindling libs congregate here to massage each other's warped egos. Their game plan is simply to twist the words of others and find fault with anything they perceive conservative. It's a place to come for a few chuckles on rare occasions to enjoy their obvious misery. Unfortunately, that dead fish has been permanently draped over the White House since 01/22/2009!!!!!!! The Bamster plays golf while our valiant soldiers die in Iraq and Afghanistan…That's perfectly OK……Wasn't Bush vehemently accused of such a similar atrocity? …But that was so wrong…………………….

Dear Daryl,
Using the cartoon two days is probably enough. Remember Ben Franklin's famous admonition (which I paraphrase): "After three days fishy cartoons begin to stink."

Ernie, I saw the McCain townhall on CSpan…so what is your point? My point was that many people believe lies even when the truth is revealed to them==I guess you could call that brainwashed.

The Far Right comments here are too absurd to respond to. Liberals are hardly miserable, being in power for the first time in decades, with a strong majority in the recent election.

dcagleI have to say that I'm tempted to draw a Chappaquiddick Teddy Kennedy Obit cartoon. Obvious idea is Mary Jo standing in for St Peter.

dcagleI don't quite get the thing about saying nice things when people die. An obit sums up the life, it isn't a tribute. Chappaquiddick was Teddy

dcagleHow about this, ghost Teddy is haunting the Senate doing ghostly healthcare lobbying, while ghost Mary Jo is haunting and annoying him.

you're a dick

Implantbrain: Then why do you bitch, moan, and whine about everything? You've obviously got the world by the tail…..Hey, dude, it's party time on Marxists Vineyard! Teddy's rotting in hell, Mary Jo can finally rest in peace. Bet Barry and Mickey wish they had chosen another vacation spot! Lovin' it!!!!!

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