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President Obama reads the comics (and Pickles)

I caught this on Gene Weingarten’s Chatological Humor column. Garry Trudeau emailed Gene a link to a photo on the White House’s Flicker account showing a photo of President Obama on the phone. In the background, on his desk is the Sunday comics. Looking at the enlarged photo, I can’t tell which paper the comics came in (we can safely rule out the NY Times); it’s definitely below the fold, but clearly the comic is Brian Crane’s Pickles.

I would have been shocked if it was Mallard Fillmore, but unsurprised if it was Doonesbury.

Community Comments

#1 mike schleifstein
March/24/2010
@ 1:17 pm

flickr doesn’t have an ‘e’ in it

#2 Anne Hambrock
March/24/2010
@ 1:35 pm

We can also rule out USA Today :-)

#3 Kyle Roy
March/24/2010
@ 1:37 pm

Wow what a douche. The only thing you have to say is to point out a typo? That’s as retarded as someone posting the first comment on something and saying “1st!” which is also stupid.

#4 Jim Lavery
March/24/2010
@ 2:42 pm

fourth!!

#5 Lucas Turnbloom
March/24/2010
@ 3:21 pm

HAHA! That’s great.

#6 Lucas Turnbloom
March/24/2010
@ 3:23 pm

I’d just like to point out the gent in the background reading my strip on his phone. True story!

#7 David Gooler
March/24/2010
@ 7:29 pm

Now that I am sliding into geezerhood I really get a good laugh from the Pickles strip. Different than F Minus but has some of the same sense of the ridiculous. Plus I dig the homage to Harold Gray in the empty ovals for eyes all his characters have

#8 Lucas Turnbloom
March/25/2010
@ 12:04 pm

I’ve been reading Pickles since I was in my mid-twenties, David. In fact, I have one of his Sunday originals hanging over my drafting table.

Brian has a great writing style which is totally accessible to all ages.

#9 Stephen Beals
March/25/2010
@ 12:18 pm

Here, here! Pickles is great. Highly underrated. I’m envious of that Sunday original, Lucas.

#10 Scott Metzger
March/25/2010
@ 12:18 pm

I have to echo what Lucas said. Pickles is a great strip.

The first time I saw it was several years ago (the in-laws had one on their fridge). I read it and laughed ? and then immediately had this guilty feeling for laughing at the ‘old person’ strip. But I read more and it was always funny. It?s just a well-written and well-drawn strip.

#11 Keith M.
March/25/2010
@ 12:26 pm

The paper may be the Washington Post. I believe it still carries the comic strip Pickles.

#12 John Read
March/25/2010
@ 12:37 pm

Stephen, I’m not sure you can call “Pickles” underrated. Not too long ago it passed the 500-paper mark, and it regularly scores high on newspaper polls and favorites lists.

#13 Stephen Beals
March/25/2010
@ 12:56 pm

Glad to hear it, John. It just seemed like Pickles wasn’t talked about as much as it deserved, but I’m glad I’m wrong.

It stars old people, but it’s not an old people strip. It has a good edge. Great art, too.

I always thought of Pickles as Bloom County’s “replacement”. Didn’t the Washington Post Writers Group pick it up when Brethed retired?

#14 Jeff Kersten
March/25/2010
@ 1:03 pm

Pickles is on the front page of the Sunday Chicago Tribune comics section.

#15 Mike Rhode
March/25/2010
@ 5:05 pm

Weingarten wrote, “for the record it’s open to “Doonesbury,” “Pickles,” and “Sherman’s Lagoon.” Now, it may just be that Obama is a big “Pickles” fan, but I’m guessing he’d just looked at this. (ie last Sunday’s Doonesbury at http://wpcomics.washingtonpost.com/client/wpc/db/2010/03/21/ )

#16 Darryl Heine
March/25/2010
@ 5:17 pm

President Obama likes the Sunday comics and he subscribes to the Washington Post, I guess.

#17 Vicki Jacoby
March/25/2010
@ 5:32 pm

I am a huge Pickles fan! It is one of my favorite comic strips… great art and great humor. Also Brian Crane is one of the nicest people you could meet.

#18 Phil Wohlrab
March/25/2010
@ 7:06 pm

Is that stack below the comics the health care bill? lol

#19 T.J. Hill
March/25/2010
@ 9:29 pm

Guess that’s what he was reading instead of the actual healthcare bill. By the way, it doesn’t get any better than Pickles.

#20 Mike Peterson
March/26/2010
@ 4:01 am

Presidents reading Doonesbury is a pretty well-established tradition. The degree to which they chuckle, or even get it at all, has varied considerably.

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