Comparing Obama to Italian Cruise Ship Captain

Is it okay for cartoonists to compare the President to the captain of the Italian cruise ship that sank?

Today the White House criticized comments by Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus comparing President Obama to the captain of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia, who allegedly abandoned his sinking ship.

Priebus said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that Obama was “our own little Captain Schettino,” and accused the President of abandoning ship and spending more time on his re-election campaign.

Preibus wasn’t the only person to make this analogy. Some of the nation’s top political cartoonists drew cartoons to the same effect. So is it a fair analogy to make, or was Priebus (and our cartoonists) wrong to make the comparison?

Rick McKee / Augusta Chronicle
Cam Cardow / Ottawa Citizen
Gary McCoy / Cagle Cartoons

By Daryl Cagle

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