By Jean Latz Griffin
Doonesbury has been a favorite comic of mine back to just about when it started. I find the political and social satire fresh and right on target. Garry Trudeau’s ability to adapt to the changing times, keep up with new political realities and connect them to history and other aspects of society over nearly four decades is unparalleled.
My oldest son says he learned more about the Vietnam War from reading old Doonesbury comics (I have a collection of the books), than he learned in high school. And this was way before people decried the youth getting their news from The Daily Show.
So this is a “I couldn’t have said it better myself” blog and a tribute to Doonesbury. The first strip begins Doonesbury’s portrayals of President Obama, a tradition that goes back to the Nixon days.
All the presidents have had an icon that represents them in the cartoons (W had two), but Obama has yet to get one, prompting Doonesbury fans to write and email the cartoon’s creator asking when one will show up. By the end of the first week of Doonesbury’s introduction of Obama, even POTUS has become impatient.
Doonesbury often uses his Sunday strip to move away from the ongoing story line, to revisit the activities of Rev. Scot Sloan, and draw more connections between seemingly disparate aspects of society.
Today’s might have one thinking for a long time after the initial reaction to the last panel.