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March 04, 2006

Doonsbury on Situational Science

Gary Trudeau portrays a reversal of 150 years of scientific progress in today's cartoon

While I'm at it, were you aware that Gary Trudeau was two years behind George Bush at Yale and was on a social committee with him?  Trudeau's take on Bush from a Rolling Stones article many years later:

Even then he had clearly awesome social skills. Legend has it that he knew the names of all forty-five of his fellow pledges when he rushed Deke. He later became rush chairman of Deke -- I do believe he has the soul of a rush chairman. He has that ability to connect with people. Not in the empathetic way that Clinton was so good at, but in the way of making people feel comfortable.

He could also make you feel extremely uncomfortable. He was very good at all the tools for survival that people developed in prep school -- sarcasm, and the giving of nicknames. He was extremely skilled at controlling people and outcomes in that way. Little bits of perfectly placed humiliation.

Trudeau also pointed out, during one of the media's brief times of concern about our current torture policy, that Bush's first mention in the New York Times occurred in 1967 when George Bush, as the former president of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Yale, defended the practice of branding pledges with a red-hot coat hanger. 

Rumor has it that one of Trudeau's first cartoons ever, in the Yale Daily News, was about George Bush and that controversy. 

Note: I was only able to provide a link to whatever is the current Doonesbury cartoon.  To find the one on "situational science", click the "previous" button back to the Sunday, March 5th, cartoon.

Posted by Lynn Allen on March 4, 2006 at 11:40 PM in National and International Politics | Permalink


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