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How European and American editorial cartoonists treat the President

A new exhibit has opened in London featuring editorial cartoonists from both sides of the Atlantic and how the artists treat the US President.

Pictures in a new exhibition depict President Bush as a crocodile, a spider and a dimwitted cowboy. And those are the polite images.

“Misunderestimating the President Through Cartoons” looks back on the Bush years through political caricature and highlights the gap between the relative restraint of American cartoonists and a far more savage British style.

The show, which opened last week at London’s Political Cartoon Gallery, features artists from Europe and the United States, including Martyn Turner of the Irish Times and longtime Baltimore Sun cartoonist Kevin Kallaugher. But most of the work comes from British cartoonists, who revel in the grotesque and in bawdy, toilet humor.

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