FRIDAY 21st JANUARY * OPTION A
"We should be safe / down here for / four more years!"
[Please follow / my line-breaks / for 3-line / caption - / thanks!]
[scan: / 40 X 54 / mm]
14 [in circle]
BUSH / SECOND / TERM
[arrow pointing up] / tuna
Black and white line drawn cartoon showing the interior of a cellar or basement. A harrassed looking woman, wearing spotted blouse and black skirt, is coming down the stairs holding a newspaper with the headline 'Bush second term'. A man, wearing shirt, pullover and pin-striped trousers, is already in the basement holding a mug of tea and looking quite cheerful surrounded by boxes of biscuits, tins of tuna and bottles of drink.
Some lines have been blocked out with liquid paper, and faint underdrawing can be seen.
Attribution note: for publication in newspaper
Reason For Production: Commission
This cartoon appeared in the Evening Standard on 21 January 2005, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'Having won the US election against Democratic candidate Bob Kerry in November, President George W. Bush is sworn in for a second term, a depressing thought for a great many Britons and Americans.'
'Marf' drew daily topical cartoons for the Evening Standard between March 2002 and August 2005, moving to the Londoner's Diary page in August 2003. The drawings cover key political and social issues of the period, providing a vivid and often hilarious response to the main news of the day. The Evening Standard is London's only evening newspaper, publishing up to five editions a day. In Marf's own words: 'The cartoonist needs to keep up with the rapid pace of event.'