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Emperor Has No Shame

Posted on Jan 3, 2011

By Mr. Fish

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By Vincent Burke, January 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm Link to this comment
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I have no problem with an image of the President naked but I feel there is an underlying racist slur here somewhere as the head is Obama’s but the body is semi-simian (a bit ape-like).  Is this harping back to earlier racist cartoons?  Why didn’t you draw a simple (slim) naked black man’s body without the huge chest and ape-like legs? Very unpleasant looking at this ... and I’m not an American.

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By TAO Walker, January 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm Link to this comment

Poor “Garth,” maybe s/he doesn’t know that “Chicago,” like so many place-names adopted during the attempt to substitute the make-believe “America” for Turtle Island, is derived from the Native language.  Sounds like its “self” is feeling a little squeezed around the tenderloin region this morning.

If this Old Indian’s observations are too disturbing for the lad(y), maybe another Zoloft and Day-of-Rest will take the edge off for awhile.


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By samosamo, January 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm Link to this comment


Careful with that word ‘civility’, eugene. Civility can do a lot of
things but when the other side is predation, all civility is left
open to being eaten alive, as is what is happening in this country
and the world today because of this arrogant country. Then
civility must fight or defend to live to another day.

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By garth, January 9, 2011 at 11:14 am Link to this comment

What does a prepubescent harebrain masqueraing as an indigenous American living in a mud hut somewhere on Turtle Isalnd know about ‘CHICAGO RULES’?

Look Tonto, or should I call you Louis, the bogey-man scare tactic by a screwball claiming to be Indian mystic is just so obvious.

As far as you’re concerned, in case you haven’t noticed the decisions made by the Big Man and his cohorts in the WH affects almost every one in the world, not just your ‘tame Sisters and Brothers’, that is unless you have no short hairs.

This isn’t about some Chief Wham-a-Ham of some ficawi tribe living in the hinterlands. 

You too better fasten your seat belts if you’re accurate.  But I shouldn’t have to be the one tell you that.

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By Leefeller, January 9, 2011 at 11:08 am Link to this comment

As a goat owner, I do not find this cartoon funny, nor do I find war hawks funny, though I ask who is to be the decider of what is funny? Georg Bush? Sitcoms? Joan, ITW, me leefeller? If I really want funny, ....I prefer to find enlightened talking points from comics like George Bush or Sahara Palin or in a pinch, any other so called Republican will do. Now it should be known, I find hawk humor very funny much like over eating a ten course meal of McDonald’s tainted food, but instead food for the mind and my mind is bursting full.

Joan’s icon of civilities comment:

“Cartoons such as this one are but another example of the lack of civility which has taken hold in our culture, a lack of civility which leads down a slippery slope where violence is acceptable.”

Joan’s definition and personal use of the word civility;  seems to be ignoring many things, one example; what of hundreds of thousands maybe millions of people killed by war?  Yes, a most civil definition of civility is to ignore reality? This cartoon is not civil because it is insightful? And, what of those slippery slops?

Those damn crazies out there, we have to watch our Ps’ and qs’, incivility incites those crazies to be even more crazy. Yes,.... I can see it now, since I am as crazy as a loon in my own right, this cartoon incites me to ....... reach for another bottle of Tequila and after a few more,....  who knows,...  I may even find myself in agreement with Tao Walkers CONtrived, CONsorted

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By glider, January 9, 2011 at 11:04 am Link to this comment


Your an incredible prude to find this cartoon that offensive.  He is an Emperor without clothes.  What is so difficult for you to understand about that after he has spent 2 years betraying his electorate?  Get a clue, he can betray us, but we do not have to sit still for it!

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By Homein831, January 9, 2011 at 12:58 am Link to this comment

I find it in extremely poor taste - and what’s with the ridiculous caption? Mr. Fish,
put down the bong and reconsider before you share another ‘gem” - you’re
embarrassing yourself

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By UNF, January 8, 2011 at 11:05 pm Link to this comment

Look carefully, HomeLander, you can see this man’s glans pendulum is circumcised ... therefore a Mooselim ... hence Terr’ist ... quick, deploy Predator Drones ... thus early elections to id next Manchurian Puppet ... repeat, rinse and flush ... the American Dream!

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By Joan, January 8, 2011 at 8:31 pm Link to this comment
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Mr. Scheer, as a firm believer in free speech, I am not in favor of censorship, but if this cartoon was supposed to be witty, I totally disagree. I also believe it reveals a lack of genuine wit and displays the poor taste of its creator, Mr Fish, but hey, those are not crimes. What disturbs me even more however, is the hate and ignorance expressed by so many of the comments posted above. On a day when 6 fellow human beings, among them a 9 year year old girl, were slaughtered in a Tucson Safeway and a democratic congresswoman remains in intensive care, to read these hatefilled comments is simply more evidence of the climate of fear and hate fueled by extremist demogogues, an irresponsible media, tea party members, GOP politicans etc. Cartoons such as this one are but another example of the lack of civility which has taken hold in our culture, a lack of civility which leads down a slippery slope where violence is acceptable. Whatever happened to the notion of taking the high road or has that become a quaint notion and tossed out like the proverbial baby with the bath water too?  I often read articles on this site and have been an admirer of yours for years, but this cartoon is pretty sick. You can do better, of that I am certain.

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By TAO Walker, January 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm Link to this comment

CHICAGO RULES:  When you get the rubes by the short-hairs, you don’t stop there. You go for the whole “package.”

This, tame Sisters and Brothers, if you didn’t know it already, is what the chronic grip-of-fear feels like when suddenly it becomes the freezing ‘squeeze’ of an outright reign-of-terror.


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By garth, January 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm Link to this comment

That’s Obama after his return from Hawaii where he sat ‘neath a palm tree with a straw hanging out of his mouth saying, “How sweet it is!”

The toilet ‘tissue’ (just to be polite) that he’s about to use has our faces on it.

What will the Obamakins make of Daley’s appointment to chief of staff?  Daley’s father, after all, was the fat-faced, Chicago poll responsible for the Police Riot of 1968 at the Democratic National Convention. 

His son, Richard Junior, has sold Chicago’s parking meters to a private enterprise.  He’ll no doubt ensure that Rahm ‘the Ram’ Emanuel will be their city’s next mayor.

Ari Berman of Nation Magazine said on DemocracyNow! this morning that Daley’s appointment to Chief of Staff means that ‘triangulation is no longer an operative strategy.  In an Orwellian fashion, Daley has cut out the existence of a Centrist position.  We’ll ne’er more hear those compromises again.

From here on out, it’s far left, center-right and far right.  Who cares what the people say or think?

And the far left is everybody’s target.

As Daley said to Obama as he patted him on the back during the walk to the Oval Office after Obama made the announcement of his new Chief of Staff, “We gots da pow’r, Bro.”

Then he smiled a shit eatin’ grin while his eyes flitted around the hallway.

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By glider, January 7, 2011 at 2:39 am Link to this comment


OK, agreed, however I think everyone realized these things were obvious before Bush got elected and not after he got elected!

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By Inherit The Wind, January 6, 2011 at 11:23 pm Link to this comment

I have no problem with this cartoon at all. None.

Oh, maybe one small detail….It’s not funny.

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By Maani, January 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm Link to this comment


“Bush was no surprise to anyone and did not pretend to be something he was not, at least to near the same extent.”

Excuse me?  To begin with, he pretended to be a human being (which is debatable…LOL).  He pretended to have a brain (which is even more debatable…LOL).  He pretended that he was in charge (which is not debatable; Cheney and Rummy were clearly in charge).

I could go on, but you get the point.


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By G.Anderson, January 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm Link to this comment

Underneath our clothes we are all naked and so is our president. Consider this an
expose of the Obama administration. Many more will be written but a picture is worth a
thousand words. We voted this man into office, that’s the important thing to remember.
Change was elected but unrealized. But all that energy and desire for change still
remains in our hands, we have the power to put it in place. But not through Obama.

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By Tom E, January 6, 2011 at 5:20 am Link to this comment
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Mr. Fish you suck this time.

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By John, January 6, 2011 at 3:48 am Link to this comment
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Great cartoon. In other words, get off your rears Americans and push for something progressive rather than hoping because Obama is whoever you think he is he’s going to do it for you without prodding

He’s not.

Thank you Mr. Fish for pointing this out.

Is that a permanent extension of the Bush tax cuts I hear coming in the distance? ...

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By samosamo, January 5, 2011 at 11:12 pm Link to this comment



I just didn’t really think it necessary to go
searching for a pile of shit when it was staring at
me with a smug face in the first place.

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By truedigger3, January 5, 2011 at 6:09 pm Link to this comment

This is an excellent insightful cartoon.

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By glider, January 5, 2011 at 2:28 pm Link to this comment


Bush was no surprise to anyone and did not pretend to be something he was not, at least to near the same extent.  Therefore this cartoon would not be appropriate for him, although I am quite sure Mr Fish would be no less forthright with depicting his shortcomings.

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By Luca, January 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm Link to this comment
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Potus the Penguin could be worthy of a regular strip, Mr F. With the captions imagined as a Werner Hertzog voice-over ...

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By Maani, January 5, 2011 at 11:58 am Link to this comment

I also feel that this cartoon is in bad taste, but, as he old expression goes (re freedom of speech), I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

That said, I wonder if Mr. Fish would have done a similar cartoon about George W. Bush - truly an “emperor” (far moreso than Obama!) who lacked even a modicum of humility (!!!), empathy (!!) or grace (!).


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By glider, January 5, 2011 at 11:53 am Link to this comment


LOL, you really are to the point.  But have you considered that perhaps the pose is meant to imply what you describe albeit in a bit more subtle way?

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By glider, January 5, 2011 at 11:44 am Link to this comment

Thank you Mr Fish and ignore those who do not get it.  Yes the Emperor thinks he is wearing spectacular clothes and that his speech and prose is impressing all that listen.  But in reality he is truly naked and his speech and proclamations are only view by others as empty blah blah blah moment.  He is indeed an Emperor without clothes.  And I agree with others, this realistic image of Obama is and should be offensive to all Americans.  And for that reason it is imperative decent people get rid of him.

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By thethirdman, January 5, 2011 at 11:38 am Link to this comment

Many of those who are “offended” are just upset that they saw a naked black man and got a little excited.  They’re taking out the frustration of their cognitive dissonance on the artist.  Stand strong Mr. Sheer.  Keep up the good work Mr. Fish.

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By samosamo, January 5, 2011 at 1:20 am Link to this comment


Yeah, maybe it is a bit on the punk side, but
would a big old turd hanging out his butt make it
a bit more relevant about o ‘dumping’ on the
country or the ‘fooled again’ party that elected

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By peedeecee, January 5, 2011 at 12:13 am Link to this comment

Sophomoric and not funny or clever.

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By wanked, January 4, 2011 at 10:39 pm Link to this comment
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Fish>>> You get it. I think he looks like a wonk…nibbling away on his widdle slurpy. YUCK

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By Please! In the name of freedom of speech!, January 4, 2011 at 9:14 pm Link to this comment
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Mr. Scheer I appreciate your site and have recommended it to many people. However, if you remove this Illustration you will have crossed the line by allowing some to silence, and take away the freedom of speech that this great country ensures us all. It has great social merit and value and it demonstrates that no one is above the laws of this great land, including those at the top which includes President of the United States of America.  Shame on you if you do. But I suggest that you leave it indefinitely.

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By TAO Walker, January 4, 2011 at 7:26 pm Link to this comment

As indeed why, in Hell, should he?


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By Parklyn, January 4, 2011 at 6:17 pm Link to this comment
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This is offensive.  I would have expected it on some tea bagger site.  It’s on a par
with the doctored photo of Obama as an African medicine man, with a bone in his
Disappointed to find this on my favorite website.

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By azul66, January 4, 2011 at 5:25 pm Link to this comment
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Crossing what line? Seems to me that Obama just loves to preen and
pose. He was the one while in the senate who who chose to be a
model for men’s magazines and posed in great clothing photos. It did
make me wonder at the time about his judgement.

Humility? No sign of it yet.

Empathy? Has never shown any empathy for the American people in
serious trouble due to no fault of their own but mucho empathy for
billionaire bankers who brought havoc on the whole world and profited
greatly from their misdeeds

Grace? I only see a man who caves in at almost every chance and ducks
and jerks around. Can’t seem to talk off the cuff but needs a
teleprompter on all occasions. Never an apology to those he abandoned
in favor of the rich. No apology for giving us a corporate health care
plan and calling it reform. And nothing about escalating a war we are
losing badly - he just pours more bodies and money into the ridiculous
fray. And now he seems to be working up to cutting Social Security and
Medicare. No grace there.

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By gerard, January 4, 2011 at 4:53 pm Link to this comment

You grossed most of us out this time.

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By ThePoliskeptic, January 4, 2011 at 4:36 pm Link to this comment
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Was there a point to this, other than Fish wanting to draw Obama nude?  Not funny, not satire, just stupid; try again.  There are plenty of legitimate things to criticize the president for, so go do your homework, this doesn’t cut it.

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By Douglas Williams, January 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm Link to this comment
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Hey I have no problem with you publishing a cartoon
that is a bit distasteful as this one certainly is -
those are the breaks fro public figures.  But I would
think that maybe “truth” might play a role in your
editorial decisions.  There is zero basis in fact for leaving the charge of shamelessness or lack of humility
at President Obama. 

There are MANY true faults one could point out and
editorialize about him, but shamelessness and lack of
humility aren’t among them.

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By Leefeller, January 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm Link to this comment

That line crosser Mr. Fish…... has done it again, said to be rude, without merit, disrespectful of the President and vile too!

Great job Mr. Fish, a little wake up call for those promoting blind faith!

Or is one to take the faith comment as sarcasm, if not how about an explanation ol-faithful one?

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By Eww, January 4, 2011 at 1:56 pm Link to this comment
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Will never lead with humility, empathy or grace?  Because people praise him?  Please.  If Mr. Obama believes the hype about himself, he has only himself and his narcissism to blame.

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By faith, January 4, 2011 at 1:21 pm Link to this comment

Mr. Scheer I usually appreciate your site and have recommended it to many
people.  However, you have crossed the line by allowing this rude, disrespectful
cartoon to be published here.  It has no social merit or value and it disrespects the
President of the United States of America in a vile way.  Shame on you.  I suggest
that you remove it immediately.

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