5/2 cartoon: Mike Luckovich on Osama bin Laden

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AJC Opinion

May 2nd, 2011
10:02 am

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bmh

May 2nd, 2011
10:03 am

Native Atlantan

May 2nd, 2011
10:05 am

Spot on Mike….

j-aut

May 2nd, 2011
10:08 am

What is Obama in hell for?

Eyes

May 2nd, 2011
10:13 am

Clarify the statement Obama now in hell.

Birddawg

May 2nd, 2011
10:15 am

You really hate Bush don’t you. At a time that should reflect the overwhelming unity of post 9/11 you just can’t resist taking a shot at George Bush. You are a sad and petty man.

Sigmund

May 2nd, 2011
10:15 am

Mike, you meant with Osama in Hell, I think unless it was a Fruedian slip??

Sigmund

May 2nd, 2011
10:17 am

Err, Freudian.

mluckovich

May 2nd, 2011
10:17 am

eyes, i’m glad you’re paying attention. i meant “osama.” i think the mistake has been fixed.

mluckovich

May 2nd, 2011
10:20 am

birddawg, quit being a whiner. the cartoon is about “mission accomplished.” which is getting osama.

Ley

May 2nd, 2011
10:21 am

Birddawg, what in the hell are you talking about? There’s nothing in that cartoon that is anti-Bush. You right wingers are all paranoid, conspiracy theorists. I’ve already seen some comments by some of your right wing brethren saying they don’t believe Osama is dead. How pitiful you and your kind are. And I am sure Luck meant OSAMA now in hell.

Sigmund

May 2nd, 2011
10:24 am

@Birddawg, it’s a cartoon. Get over it. Most of your ilk don’t remember Dubya standing in front of that big sign with that usual sheepish grin on his face declaring “Mission Accomplished.” Dubya later said in his 2nd term that OBL was not a target for him. Dubya also in his 2nd term that N. Korea was no longer a threat to the U.S. Eight years no OBL for the oil baron Dubya, 2 years for President Obama and he gets the job done. Mission Accomplished!!

WestSider

May 2nd, 2011
10:24 am

@Birddawg

I agree…for someone who I consider one the pettiest people on Earth, this obvious CHEAP SHOT indeed reaches a new low.

Thanks as always Mike! Your capacity to offend goes undiminished!!!

WestSider

May 2nd, 2011
10:26 am

@Sigmund

Just what “job” did Obama do here? The intelligence gathering that led to this raid started years before he even entered office.

mluckovich

May 2nd, 2011
10:27 am

hi everyone. normally, my blog isn’t open for comments, but with osama now in hell, it seemed like a good time for comments. i first heard the news around 6:30 am, came up with the idea around 7, drove to the ajc and had it drawn and colored by 8. this is the earliest i’ve ever been finished.

WestSider

May 2nd, 2011
10:31 am

“the cartoon is about “mission accomplished.” which is getting osama.”

-Riiiiight…so the obvious reference to W’s exact words is in no way an attempt to be cheaply ironic while ham-fistedly making the point that ‘now the mission is REALLY accomplished’ (har, har, har) Please…spare us all. Your cartoon speaks for itself.

mluckovich

May 2nd, 2011
10:32 am

i’m a little embarrassed. WestSider thinks i’m one of the prettiest people on earth!

John K

May 2nd, 2011
10:32 am

@westsider, if this is a new low in cheap shots, you must completely ignore anything the GOP says.

clax

May 2nd, 2011
10:33 am

Mike…..This is your best EVER! Ignore the teabaggers and ultra right wingers. This morning I actually heard Glen Beck Thanking George Bush (Yes, I wrote that correctly) for finally getting Bin Laden in his 9:00 hour ! Can you believe that?

Ley

May 2nd, 2011
10:34 am

WestSider, Obama is the commander in chief, so he deserves credit. One thing he did that contributed to this capture was stepping up the drone attacks in Pakistan. There were other things as well, but you and the right wing attack machine will never give him the credit he deserves, so there’s no point in even trying to convince you otherwise. You people never let the facts stand in the way of your opinion.

WestSider

May 2nd, 2011
10:38 am

Stepping up drone attacks? Doesn’t that funnel money into the military industrial complex?

I think I read an account on ABC news this morning that stated the intelligence was gathered from Guantanamo detainees…oh yeah, wasn’t that the place Obama wanted to close so badly?

Gaytors

May 2nd, 2011
10:38 am

The orginal tip came from a captive at Gitmo. under Bush…do you realize that had we closed Gitmo like Obama wanted we may never had caught him…just sayin…this ain’t all Obama

Ley

May 2nd, 2011
10:44 am

Gaytors, of course it’s not all Obama. Bush deserves some credit, and the military and intelligence communities deserve a huge amount of credit. But Obama deserves a share of the credit as well. This is a victory for America. And Westsider, when you don’t have a viable argument for your position, just rely on sarcasm.

WestSider

May 2nd, 2011
10:48 am

So the argument that Obama wanted to close the detention facility that yeilded the result of finding out where Bin Laden was hiding isn’t viable?

I’ll dial down the sarcasm a bit so you can respond without getting flustered.

USA

May 2nd, 2011
10:49 am

Let’s compromise, Bush gets the win, Obama gets the save.

AT

May 2nd, 2011
10:49 am

It was hyper-partisans that had a fit over Bush’s Mission Accomplished sign. No one thinks the war on Terror is over, just as no one, including Bush, thought the war in Iraq was over. The mission to kill Osama is accomplished and a great accomplishment at that. America and Freedom in general are better for it. Both Missions Accomplished were successes for America and they should both be celebrated.

Jason

May 2nd, 2011
10:49 am

I’m a conservative libertarian who voted for Bush and I didn’t see this as a jab at Bush in any way. I guess every time someone uses the phrase Mission Accomplished it should be a reference towards Bush now? Also, Bush set out to overthrow Saddam, which he did. Although I don’t agree with his politics, kudos to Obama and to Seal Team 6 and the other brave men and women in our armed forces. Good job on this pic as weel, Mike.

ChuckyGA

May 2nd, 2011
10:50 am

Genius in its simplicity. Smooth and poignant.

Birddawg

May 2nd, 2011
10:53 am

Mike/Ley

Please see Sigmund as to why I think this is a slap at Bush.

And just to be clear I am quite please that OBL is dead, and that it was the US military that did it. Furthermore, I congratulate the President for ordering it. I think he was right not to do it with an air strike, but with US personnel on the ground.

Love

May 2nd, 2011
10:57 am

Well said Jason.

ChuckyGA

May 2nd, 2011
11:00 am

Jason – comparing the hunt for Bin Laden to the pursuit of Saddam is like comparing a hound chasing a crook to a housecat pouncing at its own shadow. Bin Laden took credit for 9/11 and taunted the US. Our entry into Iraq was based on a bogus search for weapons of mass destruction and a nonsensical link between Saddam and attacks on US soil.

Jerry Grillo

May 2nd, 2011
11:09 am

Now, it could be just me, but Birddawg (if that is your real name), I believe it was Mike who did the cartoon, not Sigmund. Your petty stammering about some anti-Bush motive completely misses the point. Well done, Mike. By 8 a.m., you say? And you still colored inside the lines? I am impressed. Great ‘toon.

jcatl

May 2nd, 2011
11:17 am

The AJC is very lucky to have Mike. This one is a classic.

Yes, there is a tongue in cheek reference to the Bush’s ill-fated dog and pony show on the aircraft carrier, but then this is a political cartoon and not Peanuts. If you can’t take what is hilarious and pointed sarcasm then perhaps you should stick to the comics page.

MikeGA

May 2nd, 2011
11:17 am

I think both President Bush and President Obama should be congratulated. President Bush for not listening to critics and staying the course and President Obama for continuing to be vigilant and ordering the operation into action. Thanks to America’s special forces for getting the job done. BTW, great cartoon Mike!

Fooksie

May 2nd, 2011
11:31 am

Birddawg

May 2nd, 2011
11:44 am

First, I think it’s funny that everytime someone posts I’m crazy to think the cartoon is anti-Bush the next says what a great shot at Bush it was. My point was that at a time of unity the first place Mike goes is to take a shot at Bush.

74 Dawg

May 2nd, 2011
12:00 pm

Hey folks. Let’s not argue over petty stuff today. Whether you are off the board right or loonie left we should all agree this is a great moment in U.S. history. It is even more significant than the capture of Saddam. The fact is GWB did not get him. The U.S. military and intel services did. Obama, unlike Clinton, gave the go ahead. And unlike Carter, didn’t screw it up. I am a Libertarian, but give him credit for that much, at least. Nice job Mike. Add a little hell fire wouldn’t be bad in the Toon.

Fred

May 2nd, 2011
12:13 pm

LOL wish I would have seen the one with the typo. Last night on Bookman’s blog I did the same thing, typed Obama instead of Osama, after that I just typed Bin Laden.

Nice cartoon Mike. I think you summed it up nicely.

Maria

May 2nd, 2011
12:19 pm

mugglemikki

May 2nd, 2011
1:03 pm

@MikeGA, well said! I totally agree!

I Made It

May 2nd, 2011
1:04 pm

I think you’re really pretty to Mike… LOL.. Great job… These nut cases that comment are always good for a laugh and controversy…. I love your responses.. they slay me..

Mission...Possible!

May 2nd, 2011
1:18 pm

Amazing…President Obama, slapped the living day lights out of Osama with his long form birth certificate….I hope Donald Trump is satisfied!

News Flash: Donald is demanding to see the “death certificate”!

roy manry

May 2nd, 2011
1:24 pm

From the teabaggers….”don’t beleive for a minute theat OBL is dead, the Barack Hussein Obama administration is lying; like the birth certificate issue; it’s just to help his poll numbers.)
Someone please put these people up on faux news so they can make further fools of themselves! Oh, and great cartoon Mike.

LewHolt

May 2nd, 2011
1:32 pm

These are the facts. When Bush was elected, he replaced all of Clintons(or most of)security teams. Thats what presidents do. They were in charge at the time of 9/11 when the country suffered the biggest security failure since Pearl Harbor. The media was very kind to Bush. Bush’s team tried for eight years but failed to capture or kill him. Obama wins the election and puts his team in charge of capturing or killing Bin Laden. They kill him in 2 years. You can spin it how you want, Bush tried, Obama did it……………………………..

Kara

May 2nd, 2011
1:34 pm

I have read that Arab cultures find the soles of feet offensive. The foot is considered unclean, so to show the sole of one’s foot to another person–even accidentally–is an insult. Perhaps I am reading too much into this.

Fred

May 2nd, 2011
1:35 pm

DO you still do the Wednesday lunch thing?

The truth is

May 2nd, 2011
1:38 pm

Sigmund

“oil baron Dubya”? What’s the price of oil and gas today? Not very bright are ya?

Steve

May 2nd, 2011
1:39 pm

Great one, Mike! This one goes right next to the one of the crying Statue of Liberty!

Bosch

May 2nd, 2011
1:42 pm

Good job Mike. Obama had the fortitude to go forward with a plan instead of invading Norway or some other country that had no hand in any of this.

Bosch

May 2nd, 2011
1:42 pm

Steve,

Or the “WHY?” toon.