"I'm the PRESIDENT. I've got the BOX. Damn STRAIGHT."

Ever since I heard about this stimulus check signature nonsense, I haven't been able to stop thinking about this page from Give Me Liberty where The President gives everyone a Christmas Turkey. It's a Miller/Gibbons comic from 1990 that I probably haven't thought about since it came out.

It's... just ok. But that scene came rushing back.

Trump's name added to coronavirus stimulus checks:

"Thousands of families are running out of money as they lose their jobs. Days and hours matter. But Trump comes first," Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., tweeted in response to the Post story. "So Trump is delaying the stimulus checks so his signature can be printed on each one. Him first. You second. Always."

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., echoed Murphy's sentiment. "17 million people have lost their jobs. Millions can't pay rent, afford food, and are sinking into debt. And the president is delaying relief for them so he can see his name on a check. Trump first, America second," she tweeted. [...]

Walter Shaub, a former director of the independent Office of Government Ethics, tweeted, "Where you see the dying and suffering of your fellow Americans, Donald Trump sees another opportunity to promote himself -- and, by extension, his reelection campaign. Corruption, you see, has its visionaries."

Miller had a way with presidents. Here's the one from Miller and Sienkiewicz's far superior Elektra: Assassin.

I guess that's what happens when you have a poorly-written comic book villain as your actual president. And not even a smart one like Lex Luthor or Doctor Doom. The fascist cheeto defies parody, even 30-year-old parody pre-crime.

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8 Responses:

  1. Different Jamie says:

    > The fascist cheeto defies parody

    That's the thing that kills me. If we must be ruled by shitheads, can't they at least be shitheads who can form complete sentences or finish a press briefing with their dentures falling out?

    • Dude says:

      I actually had a conversation a couple of months ago about how one of the most fucked-up things about Trump (and there are many) is that no satirist or absurdist - even at their most outlandish - could have prepared us for this moron. Not Vonnegut, not Douglas Adams, not even Shakespeare with Falstaff & Richard III.

      Somehow, Cpt. Comb-over has taken all the worst traits of those of those characters (including Pres. Rexall from Give Me Liberty) and transcended them - like a fucked-up version of the Avatar from the Last Airbender series.

      Maybe it's because those characters were always so broad and outlandish that their actions never really connected on a visceral level (at least not to me, even though I love all those works)? But yeah, it's as if we're all living out the worst part of Linklater's Waking Life: no matter how hard we try, we Just. Can't. Wake. Up.

  2. Doctor Memory says:

    It's always depressing to see what happened to Miller. You could never in a million years have called his politics "progressive", but there was a nice long period when it seemed to be rooted in an entirely reasonable distrust of power in general. Then 9/11 happened (and whatever personal health issues led to him losing all of his body hair) and he lost his damn mind.

  3. Pinback says:

    In the age of the anti-hero, we also get the anti-leader. Posture, play to your party, be divisive and edgy, do anything but actually lead.

  4. When I saw this I felt really sad as this is the same kind of things our governments started doing in the previous century at a time when we had a real chance of not becoming a cesspool.

  5. Kyzer says:

    If the President sent you all a turkey, it'd be Nature's Turkey.

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