Cartoon Critic

That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.

Barack Obama attempted to shrug off the New Yorker cover in an appearance on “Larry King Live” last night.

“Well, I know it was The New Yorker’s attempt at satire. I don’t
think they were entirely successful with it. But you know what? It’s a
cartoon, Larry, and that’s why we’ve got the First Amendment … You
know, we’ve — one of the things when you’re running for president for
almost two years is, you get a pretty thick skin. And, you know, I’ve
seen and heard worse.

“I do think that, you know, in attempting to satirize something, they
probably fueled some misconceptions about me instead. But, you know,
that was their editorial judgment. And as I said, ultimately, it’s a
cartoon, it’s not where the American people are spending a lot of their
time thinking about.”

He did, however, says that the drawing “an insult against Muslim Americans.”

More on Jib-Jab:
ABC News points out that the latest video spends almost as much time satirizing President Bush and Hillary Clinton as it does candidates McCain and Obama.

McCain’s Moneymen: John McCain’s presidential campaign unveiled a new list of campaign bundlers, with rough outlines of the range that each has raised as well as their occupations.

Among the industry figures who have raised between $50,000 and $100,000: Echostar’s Charlie Ergen. In the $100,000 to $250,000 range: James Nederlander III, Harry Sloan and Burt Sugarman. In the $250,000 to $500,000 range: Steve Wynn. More than $500,000: Jerry Perenchio and MGM Grand’s Terry Lanni.

More to DNC: Joining the Creative Coalition at the Democratic National Convention will be Josh Lucas, Zooey Deschanel, Rashida Jones and Charles S. Dutton.

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