December 04, 2003


Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell has been dwelling on this problem for over a week; how might he somehow devise a way to mock George W. Bush’s Thanksgiving Day visit to Baghdad?

Today, at last, inspiration strikes. Imagine -- Bush as a turkey! I bet no other cartoonist on earth would ever come up with that idea.

Actually, a Dubya-turkey image is quite a reach for Bell, who usually goes for the reliable chimp option:

He looks like a chimp. He grins like a chimp, pouts like a chimp, walks like a chimp and even talks like a chimp would if chimps could talk.

Bell would know. The monkey-drawing cartoonist is absolutely apelike. Here Bell pounds his chest with enormous simian mitts. Steve, start evolving already.

Posted by Tim Blair at December 4, 2003 04:06 PM

How about Bush on the deck of a ship called USS America and he's about to hit an iceberg with 'Iraq' written on it? Hilarious.

The left should stick to bad street theatre...

Posted by: Art Vandelay at December 4, 2003 at 04:27 PM

Just substitute Mark Latham's head for Bush's; Latham's rapidly heading for "Turkey Of The Year Award" right now.

Posted by: Jim Riley at December 4, 2003 at 04:32 PM

Mark Latham should try some original work in the under utilized "Bush Lied" theme.

Posted by: perfectsense at December 4, 2003 at 05:46 PM

I wish you hadn't included that last link - I now find out he lives in my home town, where the left does indeed indulge in bad street theatre (and bad street puppeteering...)

Posted by: Daisy Mutlar at December 4, 2003 at 09:05 PM

He's still better than Bill Leak.

Posted by: gaz at December 4, 2003 at 09:13 PM

Tim, always found you slightly hypocritcal...

You mock this cartoonist for making fun of Bush's physical features, yet you mock Michael Moore's weight...

hm... It would be a shame if you were ugly too!

Posted by: Ben at December 4, 2003 at 09:34 PM

He's better'n Ted Rall.

Posted by: Theodopoulos Pherecydes at December 4, 2003 at 09:58 PM


Yes, it would be a shame.

Posted by: tim at December 4, 2003 at 10:50 PM

Daisy, and there is such a thing as good street puppeteering?

Posted by: David Crawford at December 5, 2003 at 01:42 AM

I'm always posting on your cartoon post...but, besides from being distasteful, it's a flat out lie. The troops, with there back to the Prez? What, did he confuse the Hillary Clinton visit with the Prez. The troops were not "propped up"...they were damned happy to see him, and to know his committment.
Guess those images weren't shown at Steve (Put that baby in my belly) Bell's office at MiniTru.

Posted by: beets at December 5, 2003 at 03:28 AM

Man,that Steve Bell is one fat piece of shit!

An obnoxious, witless comment, I know, but looking at Bell's cartoons inspired me to emulate the level of his commentary.

Posted by: kid charlemagne at December 5, 2003 at 07:15 AM