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Oh boy! We get to revisit two parties this week -- the End of the 70s bash, and Rev. Scot Sloan's "Sixties Revival" publication party. It'll be fun to compare the differences five years make in cultural phenomena. Plus, they'll help to take my mind off the 20-years-ago-today Flashback series, which is giving me the creeps. (I tell you, I'm feeling as old as Mike looks in yesterday's strip.)
I recently posted the following comment on a story in the New York Times about Trump on "The Apprentice." I thought I'd share it with younger Doonesbury readers by sending it to BLOWBACK:
As an older reader, let me point out that Garry Trudeau has been spoofing Trump in Doonesbury for over 30 years. Doonesbury is probably the best social history of the baby boom generation available. The "Flashback" strips printed on the site each day now go back 45 years. Trump showed up as an object of derision well before "The Apprentice," but more absurd than mean.Editor's Note:
Thanks, Roger. I'll take advantage of your comment to mention the New York Times Bestseller YUGE! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump, and the more recent SAD! Doonesbury in the Time of Trump, both of which are available here.
What a marvelous sequence yesterday with the Wall, and all cheers and thanks for everything you do!
I am just old enough to recall reading this the first time, so chuckled with the first panel. I cannot tell you how much good this strip did me today. I really needed it. For those of us struggling with Trump anxiety and having a soul when others do not, it helped. Laughter allowed me to breathe. Thank you, Trudeau.
Today's POTUS strip is absolute genius. Even that word doesn't do it justice. One for the Toontown Hall of Fame.
It took me the best part of a half hour to line up the bricks to read: 'IMPEACH NIXON!" Good job!
Too good that you kept Nixon's wall in storage all these years. I guess you just knew that some day it might be needed, and here we are: the wannabe wall builder finally gets his wall. Just brilliant!
I've been waiting for that wall to reappear! Superficially, Trump doesn't feel like Nixon, because Nixon just dug a hole and hid in it, whereas Trump talks a mile a minute on Twitter. But his talk is all subterfuge, a way of hiding in plain sight. They're the same in arrogance and lying. Nice touch with the misplaced bricks, so the young 'uns who don't remember the wall's original appearance will get the idea.
Re today's "Bridges of Madison County" Classic strip from 1993: Ha! "You must own them, you must impose your will on the scene! Like I did...on the steppes of Ukraine..." The dots are all connected now: Trump got his inspiration from Doonesbury! (How else would he know Ukraine has steppes?)
Sunday's comic hit me like a bucket of cold water. I/we have become so inured to Trump's outrageous behavior, sometimes it takes an unexpected vantage point to realize how far he has gone to debase the presidency and endanger democracy. He would easily be impeached for his dealings with Ukraine if it was a one-off, but because the violations of his oath are so frequent (and so often dismissed, defended and encouraged by his sycophants) we're all proverbial frogs in a pot, being slowly boiled to death. Thanks for the fresh-from-the-past reminder that this really is too hot to continue enduring.
Twenty years ago today it was funny. Now it's just depressing. We need your wit and insight to help us through the next thirteen months. Please restart the daily strip!
20 YEARS AGO TODAY
The 20-years-ago-today strip was so true. How could you have known that, long ago? Do you have a crystal ball?
AHA! From the FLASHBACKS page, I see that it was 35 years ago today that Mike Doonesbury’s eyelids began to fall into cynical worldliness, as he told J. J. that the ad agency had asked him to do something that went against his conscience and ideals. He had been wide-eyed the previous day, when the agency asked him, for his first assignment, to create an ad promoting Reagan to blacks. And when the company secretary hit on him.
Wouldn't Trump be watching this on the prison TV?
A TAD UNREALISTIC
So you predict that Melania will be by his side when he is out of office? That seems a tad unrealistic to me.
J.J. is talking to Zonker about being disconnected from reality, and why it's something to worry about...?
Was it really only 26 years ago that $10 million was enough to set up a foundation to send kids to medical school?
NEARLY 40 YEARS
For nearly forty years I worked overseas and did not have access to a newspaper that carried Doonesbury (or often to any English-language paper), so am delighted to catch up through the Flashback archives.Editor's Note:
We realize that some users are still being blocked from portions of (or all of) the Doonesbury site by the WaPo pay wall. We are continuing to work on this situation, and appreciate your patience. You can read the strip itself (without MUDLINE, BLOWBACK, SAY WHAT? and the other Dbury site features) here.
I had to explain what "speak in fry" meant. She asked, "Is that a thing now?" I told her it probably would be by tomorrow morning.Editor's Note:
Too late! Mike's already been ticked off about it for a while. Check out this strip from January 27th!