Thursday, February 26, 2009

Politicans Appeared Regularly in SCOOPS

In SCOOPS' editorial cartoon strips, which appeared on editorial and op-ed pages throughout Canada and the U.S. for nearly a decade, Doug frequently cast his satirist's eye on politicians and dignitaries - whether U.S. or Canadian. In the late-1970s/mid-1980s, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and career politicians, including Jean Chretien, Eugene Whelan, Joe Clark, and Peter Lougheed, were characterized in SCOOPS, which first appeared in 1978.

On February 19, Barack Obama made his first foreign trip as President to Canada and thus restored a long-standing tradition abandoned earlier by George W. Bush, who, instead, went to Mexico to meet with then-President Vicente Fox. (The first new U.S. President to visit Canada was Warren Harding in 1923.)

No doubt, if Doug were still doing SCOOPS, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Obama would be scrutinized in the self-syndicated satirical strip.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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