The Sinister Handshake
(April 20, 2009)
Obama recieved criticism for meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a socialist leader and outspoken critic of the United States. Here, I admit I am being inconsistant. In an earlier cartoon I mocked Obama for reaching out to his opponents in the Religious Right; here I’m mocking the people outraged that Obama would reach out to one of America’s opponents. Yeah, I guess I contradict myself.
But I think that “extending a hand” is a good metaphor for much of Obama’s early term in office. This is good in some respects: I think he has tried hard to heal bad feelings and find common ground with his political adversaries; but I think it’s been bad in others: some of his adversaries would rather kiss a mugwump than yeild Obama any political ground whatsoever, and so his efforts at compromise have often been futile.