Stephen Bowers – Al Gore’s Self-Adulation

If Al Gore actually recently compared himself with Jackie Robinson…as was reported on an internet source I receive; 1) why wasn’t it reported more widely? Is it because the Press is so solidly in the pocket of nutty liberals that they instinctively ignore insanity in their midst…like the Brits did when George III lost his royal marbles, 2) Did he actually make the (preposterous) statement, 3) If he made the statement, why wasn’t he put out to pasture on one of his lush royal estates, like George 3?

I think guys like Al Gore, who are light in their intellectual loafers, just cannot resist opportunities for self praise. In all fairness….how would you feel if you had been forced to live in the shadow of Bill and Hillary Clinton for all those long years?  That would un-hinge anyone. You may remember Obama’s recent and forgettable visit to Cuba where he used a similar tactic to garner praise for his illustrious and royal tenure in OUR House. He pointed out that he was born the same year as the “Cuban Missile Crisis.” I did a cartoon (now, this is a timely example and a perfect example of jumping on opportunities for self adulation) in which I indicated that Obama’s statement was flawed and a non sequiter because being born in a year when important historic events transpired makes one neither famous or historic. It only means you will stoop to fatuous and silly opportunities for self-adulation.

For instance, I like pointing out to people who are unfortunate enough to be unable to politely escape my presence for a few moments, that Abe Lincoln, James Dean and Steve Bowers all have something in common. It usually draws one of those “you dare try my patience” looks. I follow up with “Yeah, we’re all Indiana farm boys.” It usually draws groans. But my point is here that I’m not making myself famous because I share this geographical accident of birth with those other two guys (who were they again?). No the (sparse) humor in this threadbare observation depends on the fact that there is no similarity between the three of us.

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I hope I haven’t killed the cartoon for you.

Ps: Of course, there was the internet.Al Gore

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Stephen Bowers

Stephen Bowers

I am an attorney in Las Vegas who has always wanted to draw political cartoons, partly because I like drawing, but mostly because I enjoy ridiculing pompous know-nothings. Verbally debating them gets nowhere. They don't know they're beaten. But poking fun at them in a drawing leaves them without recourse or rebuttal. What can they do...? Call me names, whine, cuss me ... or maybe draw a witty riposte? Unlikely.
Steve Bowers, Esq.

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