Bob Woodward

Orange Ya’ Glad You Asked?


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Here’s a bonus cartoon for you. I don’t feel like I need to blog about this one since I already covered the Woodward book today.

Orange ya’ glad I stayed up to give you a bonus cartoon?

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Fear Woodward


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In 1991, I met editorial cartoonist Draper Hill at my first cartoonist convention, and he drew me a doodle of Richard Nixon. Next to that drawing, he wrote something like, “too bad you won’t ever have the likes of me to cover.” So, basically, this is all Draper’s fault. He jinxed us with that drawing.

Draper, who passed away in 2009, loved drawing Nixon. I saw him draw for a few other people over the years and I think each drawing was Nixon. He couldn’t get over Nixon. Will I be like Draper in the future, continuing to draw Donald Trump? Will I get over Trump? It didn’t occur to me to ask Draper if he ever got tired of drawing Nixon, because I’m really tired of drawing Trump.

Draper was wrong except my son of a bitch to cover may actually be worse than Nixon. On the day The Washington Post published excerpts of Bob Woodward’s new book, we overlooked the fact that Trump is screaming at his Justice Department for indicting two Republicans close to an election. Any day now, Trump is going to tweet, “I am corrupt. Suck it, America!”

Bob Woodward is famous for covering Watergate for The Washington Post, reporting that brought down the Nixon administration. He used anonymous sources back then too, most famously, Deep Throat. Now, Trump and his sycophants are basically accusing Woodward of creating quotes, as though it’s something he’s been getting away with for five decades.

Like other books about Trump, this one paints a White House in constant chaos. Unlike other books covering Trump, this author has impeccable credibility. You could ask Nixon about that if he wasn’t dead. Reading the excerpts of “Fear,” the title of the book, it sounds less like a functioning branch of the government and more like a script for the entire season of The Simpsons, back in season seven when it was funny. It describes a White House having a nervous breakdown.

There are details of aides removing papers from Trump’s desk, so he couldn’t sign them. There’s a part in the book of his ordering a hit on the leader of Syria (which is another example of his directing someone else to break the law). He questions why we have troops in South Korea.

After the meeting about South Korea, Defense Secretary James Mattis reportedly told associates that Trump had the understanding of a fifth or sixth grader. Mattis now says he never said such a thing, or would he ever about the president. But, he probably owes an apology to fifth and sixth graders.

Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly told colleagues that Trump is an “idiot,” and “We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.” Donald Trump now has the most denials of any president that his staff has called him names like “idiot” or “fucking moron.” Also, Crazytown is less fun than Funkytown.

Trump called Attorney General Jeff Sessions a “traitor” for recusing himself from the investigation and said, “This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner. . . . He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.” Trump has denied this statement, but it’s hard not to believe if you follow Trump’s attacks on Sessions through his Twitter account. But, leave it to Trump to insult Southerners and the mentally ill in one fell swoop.

After saying there were good people and blame on “both sides” in the Charlottesville racist rally which killed one person, Trump was pressured to criticize white supremacists. Afterward, he said, “That was the biggest fucking mistake I’ve made” and the “worst speech I’ve ever given.” Let that sink in. For Trump, it was a mistake to criticize, even subtly, Nazis.

Former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus described the staff with, “When you put a snake and a rat and a falcon and a rabbit and a shark and a seal in a zoo without walls, things start getting nasty and bloody.” This White House isn’t very good with metaphors. Ask former spokesgoon Sean Spicer who came up with, “a unicorn riding a unicorn over a rainbow” to describe Trump.

Perhaps most interesting are the details of Trump practicing with his attorneys to testify before Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Trump reportedly got upset and said, “This thing’s a goddamn hoax. I don’t really want to testify.”

Later, Trump’s personal attorney John Dowd, who resigned shortly after, told Mueller, “I’m not going to sit there and let him look like an idiot. And you publish that transcript, because everything leaks in Washington, and the guys overseas are going to say, ‘I told you he was an idiot. I told you he was a goddamn dumbbell. What are we dealing with this idiot for?'” Dowd basically told Mueller that Trump can’t testify without committing perjury.

Later, Dowd told Trump, “Don’t testify. It’s either that or an orange jumpsuit,” which is something lawyers don’t usually say to innocent clients. Trump said “I’ll be a real good witness,” to which Dowd replied, “You are not a good witness. I’m afraid I just can’t help you.” The next morning, Dowd resigned. He’s not a good president either.

There is a familiar pattern in every book about Donald Trump, and I don’t think you can say Bob Woodward’s equivalent as a reporter, chronicler of events, and historian is Omarosa. But it’s clear that nobody can walk out of that White House without wearing a horrified expression as if they’d seen a headless ghost chopping up babies and puppies. We have a president who needs babysitters who are very good at distracting.

Let’s hope they can keep distracting, can keep him on the golf course, and can keep sneaking papers off his desk, so we don’t end up declaring war on Narnia. I can think of one good distraction that can work out for the entire nation.

Let Trump testify and give that orange jumpsuit theory a ride.

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Trump Train


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After Trump insinuated that Obama was sympathetic toward terrorists (wink wink, nudge nudge), The Washington Post published a story on his comments. Trump reacted by banning the Post from covering his events. He claimed they were taking his words out of context and that he never would insinuate that Obama would be behind such a horrible attack. Then he doubled down on his comments and tweeted out a Breitbart story about how Obama is an ISIS sympathizer. He’s also given press credentials to Infowars which is a conspiracy site.

It’s kinda telling that Trump hates The Washington Post but loves Breitbart. Trump hates journalists but Breitbart is OK because they’re not real journalists. They’re like news chlamydia. There’s a cure for it, but if you caught it once then you’re probably gonna go back and catch it again. Trump has a thing about bashing reporters. He claims the New York Times is a failing newspaper while touting the fine reporting of The National Enquirer. He blasts The Washington Post. He was a huge fan of the show Morning Joe which tells you a lot about that show (though I don’t think he likes them anymore). He even feuded with Fox News and Megyn Kelly. Then he makes up, feuds again, makes up, feuds again, etc.

Trump has banned nine media outlets from his events. NINE! In addition to The Post they include, National Review, Politico, The Des Moines Register, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, The Daily Beast, Univision, and Gawker for running an investigation on his hair. He’s banned specific reporters from Mother Jones, Fusion, and The New York Times. He’s taken credit for the Union Leader in New Hampshire being dropped from a debate.

Trump is now talking about having his own network, much like Sarah Palin attempted a while back (which fizzled and burned out). If Trump actually wants a media empire then he better quit the race and start now. After he loses to Hillary Clinton in November his brand won’t be as marketable. He’ll be a loser like he accuses Romney of being, though Trump won’t carry as many states as Romney did in 2012.

Back to the Post: Editor Bob Woodward, who is no journalistic slouch, has unleashed 20 reporters to dig into Trump’s background to find stuff we don’t know yet. He’s doing the same on Hillary Clinton (though I doubt there’s anything new there after almost 30 years of being in the spotlight).

Bob Woodward was half the team that broke the Watergate story. If Trump is actually elected president I’m sure he looks forward to the story that will lead to his impeachment.

It seems the only correct way to cover a Trump event is not to report what he actually says. He doesn’t like that.

Creative note: When I got this idea I told myself to think of another idea. I really liked this idea but I’m not a big fan of drawing trains. Some cartoonists hate drawing crowds. I don’t like trains. Bicycles suck too.

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