Wednesday the New York Post ran a cartoon that featured the chimpanzee apparently dead on the ground with two police officers standing over his lifeless body. One comments to the other, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill”.
This cartoon caused somewhat of an uproar in some circles. Some people evidently believed that the dead chimp was supposed to be President Barack Obama.
Why they thought this I’m not exactly sure. I’ve never heard President Obama compared to a chimp, though I have heard President George W. Bush compared to a chimp.
When I saw the cartoon, I figured the artist was trying to take two topics from current events — the stimulus bill and the Connecticut chimp attack — and spin them into a single cartoon. Both topics were written about extensively in the New York City papers.
I think that if someone looks at this cartoon and sees some kind of racist undertone, their own prejudices are to blame, not the artist. And Presidents don’t even write bills. They sign them into law or they veto them. Members of the House and the Senate write bills.