Remember President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky’s saga in the late ’90s? Their juicy events made top news and created much content for many cartoonists including myself so I collected some of the fun ones and named it BILLBOARD. In my opinion, the most exciting and daring cartoons were published by a Chicago Tribune political cartoonist, Jeff MacNelly. http://www.jeff-macnelly.com/. In MacNelly’s cartoons, Clinton, the President of the United States, always appeared naked and I was surprised how he could get away with “mocking” the world’s most powerful head of state. I am not sure if freedom of speech would allow him to do so. MacNelly passed away in 2000, he left a tremendous treasure trove of cartoons that I admire and which certainly influenced my works. Surprisingly, his cartoons about Clinton are no longer available online and I do not know why. Fortunately, I did save four of his cartoons about Clinton; here they are. By comparison, my published cartoons about Clinton that were collected in BILLBOARD BELOW were much kinder.
by Dick Ling
PAULA JONES: "I'M WAITING FOR
CLINTON'S APOLOGY BEFORE
I DONATE THE SETTLEMENT
FOR GOOD USES----"
I'VE TOLD YOU
WHY ASKING ME TO TESTIFY AGAIN?
JUST WANT TO SEE YOU.
CAN I GET YOUR AUTOGRAPH?
YOU ARE GORGEOUS.
IF CLINTON WERE A BOY WHAT'D HE GET FOR CHRISTMAS?
ARE YOU A GOOD OR NAUGHTY BOY?
I DID NOT PARDON WEN-HO-LEE BECAUSE
ONLY CRIMINALS CAN BE PARDENED BY
WHAT'D YOU GET?
YOU'LL GET THE
KENT STARR WON'T LEAVE ME ALONE
CAN I APPLY FOR POLITICAL ASYLUM
BORIS YELTSIN WANTS
MONEY FOR RUSSIA.
GOOD, EVERYBODY ARE BUSY
WATCHING CLINTON AND
DAD TOO MUCH TV!
Remember Wen Ho Lee?
By Matthew Purdy
Feb. 4, 2001
The crime sounded alarming: China had stolen the design of America's most advanced nuclear weapon. The suspect seemed suspicious enough: Wen Ho Lee, a Taiwanese-born scientist at Los Alamos nuclear laboratory, had a history of contact with Chinese scientists and a record of deceiving the authorities on security matters.
After a meandering five-year investigation, Dr. Lee was incarcerated and interrogated, shackled and polygraphed, and all but threatened with execution by a federal agent for not admitting spying. But prosecutors were never able to connect him to espionage. They discovered that he had downloaded a mountain of classified weapons information, but he was freed last September after pleading guilty to one felony count of mishandling secrets. Ultimately, the case of Wen Ho Lee was a spy story in which the most tantalizing mystery was whether the central character ever was a spy.
In the aftermath, the government was roundly criticized for its handling of the case; so was the press, especially The New York Times. In an effort to untangle this convoluted episode, The Times undertook an extensive re-examination of the case, interviewing participants and examining scientific and government documents, many containing secrets never before disclosed.
Honey I'm home.
What's for dinner?
I thought one day Hillary would become the president,
so I prepared this now useless editorial cartoon in 2006.