Click2History: Political Cartoons of American Presidents . Happy President's Day! I hope everyone finds a small way to honor the past American Presidents today.
The blogged site of the day features Herb Block's caricatures from a Library of Congress collection in a virtual tour to examine spoofs on several presidential administrations. It also includes links to primary sources.
Making fun of the President seems to be a time honored American tradition on President's Day and through the whole year.
From the site:
People say “a picture is worth a thousand words.” But when it comes to politics, it’s probably more accurate to say a picture is better than any words.
Political cartoons have jabbed at national leaders for hundreds of years. Using presidential phrases like “I am not a crook” or “I did not have sex with that woman,” cartoonists ridicule the obvious disparities between words and conduct. Each cartoon implicitly asks its subject, “How stupid do you really think the public is?!”
Some of the most famous political cartoons are maintained by national archives. Let’s take a look at the best of Herb Block as profiled by the Library of Congress.