Readers thoughts about Michelle Obama's speech

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Michelle Obama gave her big Democratic Convention speech last night, and based on the reaction from both readers and pundits, the First Lady hit the ball out of the park.

We got a lot of feedback after the speech from our readers and cartoon fans on our Facebook page, and some of it was directed at Taylor Jones’ caricature, which is posted to the right:

Denise Sevier Fries: Made me cry…and I’m Canadian!

Patty Anderson O’Daniel: A breathe of fresh air after seeing that plastic FLOTUS wannabe last week… So genuine, caring and passionate! Someone we can relate to!

Denise Sevier Fries: Taylor Jones (the artist) is obviously channeling Picasso with all the disproportional facial features etc…but in this case, imitation is NOT a form of flattery.

Kathryn Rogers: Musial Michele brought it all home….AWSOME lady!

Dottie Turner: Mr. Cagle. Is it a prerequisite for all characatures that they be insulting? Mrs. Obama is a beautiful woman, she is well spoken, thoughtful and endearing. Mrs. Romney, on the other hand bears a rather striking to ‘the bride of chucky ‘.

Don Mitchell: Personable, eloquently delivered.

Ben Stewart: She connect with me much better than Ann did. All I really got from Ann was trust my husband, but Mrs. Romney failed to give me a reason to do so.

Emad Wilson: Her speech was quite,appropriate and invigorating.

Personally, I think Taylor’s caricature of the First Lady is great. It’s hard for cartoonists to draw attractive people – almost as hard as it is for us to draw positive cartoons about politics. I haven’t drawn Michelle much in my cartoons, but here’s an old one during the 2008 campaign where then-candidate Obama’s patriotism was questioned:

What did you think of Michelle Obama’s speech? Comment below, or drop us a line on our Facebook page.


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.

6 replies on “Readers thoughts about Michelle Obama's speech”

I noticed that both Cagle and Jones show Michele wearing a "string of pearls," which was a Barbara Bush thing (and perhaps Laura, too, but I don't remember much about her). Michele has favored colorful brooches and wide belts, and lots of sleeveless tops to show off her trim arms (love her look!). Other than that, Jones's caricature is spot-on; in Cagle's, she's missing teeth, which seemed a bit off for a person known for her big toothy grin.

Just want to add that I appreciate the hard work of editorial cartoonists, even when I disagree with them.

In response to Denise and Dottie in their comments above, here is the definition of caricature from the World English Dictionary:
"A pictorial, written, or acted representation of a person, which exaggerates his characteristic traits for comic effect."
And Dottie, why compare Mrs. Romney to the 'bride of chucky"? Both of these women are working hard to support their husbands during a what I am sure must be a difficult and stressful time, while trying to maintain their own health and the health of their families – physically, mentally, and spiritually. Critique their political beliefs and speeches, but kindly refrain from making rude remarks about their physical appearances.

Michelle Obama is an excellent roll model for woman of all ages. She is a real person with her priorities in the right places. We are so fortunate to have such quality people sacrificing so much of themselves and their families to help ALL Americans. Thank you.

Caricature is a difficult art form. At best, people won't look precisely as they do. At worst, nobody will even recognize them.

The first lady's speech was very nice, but I just don't really see what I was supposed to glean from it.

Wearing a string of pearls, instead of jewels, is a tradition among American first ladies since Dolly Madison. Pearls are more apt as American Jewelry than most other gemstones, and were available all over our coasts and rivers until the pollution destroyed most of their beds.

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