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Garry, I respect your opinion, although I'm very resentful of how large of an audience you affect with your strip. In a conservative, Christian society it would have dried up by now. Lucky for you we live in a society driven by Satan, and the liberal help he has sold to his cause, and you are one of those in the forefront of his army. The Bushes love our country, and our causes. Their only crime is success.
I think I love you, Garry Trudeau. Keep on blowing through the b.s., please!
In Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut offered a very accurate transliteration of the asterisk.
RE SOPHISTICATED ANALYSIS: I don't interpret the GWB asterisk symbol as anything more than denoting that his first presidency was decided in court under contested circumstances. Kind of like Roger Maris' home run record exceeding Babe Ruth's. (We don't apply it to Barry Bonds' records but many, many people keep a mental asterisk on him.)
In his recently published collection of essays, But Enough about You, Christopher Buckley says this about George H. W. Bush: "I would have never traded my own father for any other, but I've always thought that George Bush is the father we all wished for." Sunday's strip was an uncharitable and inaccurate shot against a decent man who has contributed so much to America, far more than any journalist that comes to mind. In my mind it crossed the line from sharp satire to gratuitous meanness.
I enjoyed today's Bush-busting strip, and am looking forward to many more. I hope you include Jeb's intervention in the Terri Schiavo tragedy.
Many thanks, Garry, for the humor in your comic strip. Every morning, I read it and all the comics in our local rag, Naples Daily News. And now , thanks to the TOAST post, I'll be looking for the little changes that you make in each strip. Thanks for humoring us all of these years.
I wonder if it is true that Doonesbury will go away during the next polar vortex.
If you'd vote for Liz, you must still be smoking Maui Wauwi.
I've always been fascinated that the original printing of today's strip had J.J. telling Mike she'd initially thought he was a "nurd." This was changed to "nerd" later on. Is "nurd" actually incorrect, or just a less common spelling? Was GBT under pressure from the powerful Nerd Lobby? Did Pharrell Williams' N.E.R.D. spell it out in too emphatic a fashion? This remains the biggest question facing Doonesbury historians since the disappearance of Mike's sister. Oh yes, Mike, the authorities know about you...
Rather than do serious research on this subject, we are going to refer you to an online source called Speak Good English, which addresses the question in what we hope is a definitive manner here.