Incendiary Image of the Day: Obama as Trayvon Edition

Clay Bennet cartoon (courtesy

“This is appalling,” pronounces, re: Washington Post cartoonist Clay Bennett’s handiwork above. “This cartoon perpetuates the false narrative about Trayvon Martin, calls conservatives racist, and blames conservatives for impeachment talk all at the same time. The trifecta of lies! In reality, Trayvon Martin was bashing Zimmerman’s head against the cement so George decided to respond with deadly force. It’s called self-defense. Ironically, Obama is hurting our country, and impeaching him could certainly be a form of self-defense.” Bennett’s cartoon certainly promotes a bunch of boneheaded ideas. But the one that stands out for me: the depiction of a black man – the first black President of the United States no less – as a defenseless victim. That’s demeaning, dispiriting and disgraceful. IMHO.


  1. avatar Skyler says:

    Looks to me like the artist is portraying the President as a thug being watched by a responsible neighborhood watch and he’s about to try to destroy us. I don’t think the artist meant it that way.

    1. avatar JasonM says:

      Obama’s about to get his drank on!

    2. avatar John G. says:

      Because he’s a black kid with a hoodie, that makes him a “thug?”

      What if we had open season on hick kids wearing overalls and chewing on hay? Clearly those clowns will never amount to much and they are inevitably firearms lovin’ ammosexuals. Better to shoot them first rather than ask questions later, right?

      1. avatar greg says:

        I guess if your stupid enough to start an “open-season” ,as you call it ,on “hicks in over-alls” then come at me bro! !

        1. avatar Zeus says:

          “You’re” … perhaps you are hoping that the illiterate will be exempted.

      2. avatar Accur81 says:

        Let’s be honest here, as someone who has chased and arrested criminals of all races wearing hoodies, that a hoodie definitely pings the dirtbag radar. I judge someone, in part, by their appearance. So does every other rational person. Whether it is a sharp uniform, crisp suit, or black hoodie and forehead tattoos, people do actually judge by appearances. Of course there are lots of criminals who rob banks in suits as well.

        1. avatar Zeus says:

          Just as there are plenty of bigots that wear cop uniforms.

          And plenty of bigots that vote Republican, which we see demonstrated daily.

  2. avatar ST says:

    It’s an apt description, as by some measure Obama’s broken more laws then Trayvon did.

  3. avatar Renegade Dave says:

    I think that cartoonist has managed to drop the bottom out for class, easily blowing by Mike Luckovich on the way down.

    1. avatar Old Ben turning in grave says:

      Indeed. It’s perfect for the intended purpose, viz. getting the prog, useful idiot, core supporters of the DNC stirred up for November.

  4. avatar 357M28 says:

    How can it be racist, if they are both “half-cracker”?

  5. avatar Bob says:

    I guess he’s black…

  6. avatar jerry says:

    This post will almost certainly cause a shit storm RF. Obama’s boyfriends (John G, int19h, Swarf, lizzrd) will be along shortly to wail about how the republicans are just itching to impeach.

  7. avatar Rick the Bear says:

    I can’t believe that this was a published cartoon! This is the sort of crap boys would sketch in junior high school, resulting in a trip to the vice-principal’s office when they were caught.

  8. avatar Frank Masotti says:

    The funny thing about that picture is, the ONLY people talking about impeachment are his people in the white house.

    1. avatar JT says:

      Exactly. Who started the (nonexistent) impeachment fight, who has faux martyrdom status, and which group of metaphorically-trigger happy politicians are spending their time getting raked through the mud trying to defend their claims of not starting the fight?

      Obama’s people started the whole impeachment thing, the president is riding the wave of hysterical left wing outrage started by his own people, and Republicans are being tarred as some sort of guilty trigger-happy party to all this when, in reality, they are being dragged through this without any good way to stop it.

      1. avatar Jus Bill says:

        Republicans, when challenged, should point and laugh hysterically.

      2. avatar JimmyDelta says:

        Yes. They are definitely hoping to neuter the whole concept.

    2. avatar John G. says:

      And that brain trust for all things Republican, Sarah Palin. And Glenn Beck. And Rush Limpnutz.

      1. avatar Yellow Devil says:

        I don’t understand, is your comment a response or just a comment out of leftwing? You are like a remora that just came along and attached itself to the comment thread.

        For the record, I haven’t heard Rush call for impeachment, and with Glenn going weak-knee recently, I doubt he has either. Only Palin has actually said anything about impeachment, or that the president is eligible for impeachment due to a variety of constitutional issues (The “if congress doesn’t act than I will” for a start)

      2. avatar jerry says:

        Ever consider suicide John G old boy? If not, maybe you should.

  9. avatar Paul B says:

    More divider in chief. I don’t think he could organize much of anything right now.

    1. avatar Tomyironmane says:

      If you put the government in charge of a desert they’d soon have a shortage of sand.

  10. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    I don’t understand the cartoon. Are they suggesting Trayvon had ventured out in the rain for a mile round trip errand to buy skittles and a can of what, Kraft parmesan cheese? Anything to evade the reality that his second item was actually Arizona brand watermelon fruit juice cocktail and whatever that implies, huh?

    1. avatar T-DOG says:

      It means the president is on his way back to the white house to mix up some “drank”. Skittles + Arizona Ice + Robitussin = Drank. As much as I don’t agree with Obama. Showing him on his way home to make some home made drugs is in the very least disrespectful of the office that he holds.

      1. avatar JimmyDelta says:

        None of us are capable of disrespecting The Office of The President as thoroughly as Obama has. Jeffrey Dahmer, Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden combined haven’t shamed us to the extent he has.

  11. avatar Ralph says:

    “If I had a father, he’d look like Barack Obama.”

    Trayvon Martin

    1. avatar Michael B. says:



      1. avatar Another Robert says:

        +100–LOL! Young druggie obviously took after “dad”…

    2. avatar Indiana Tom says:

      You know, if I had a son, he would look just like Trayvon. 30 years ago, I could have been Trayvon.

      1. avatar B says:

        30 years ago the black urban population had strong family cohesion, strong Christian morals, and a mentality that they were not victims. Treyvon the druggie thug would not have existed cause his married mother and father would have straightened him out. Progressives have destroyed black culture, and they are moving on to hispanics and whites.

  12. avatar Excedrine says:

    I think everyone knows what should be in the next couple of panels, right? You know the story by now, the whole Trayvon following his victim back to his car, and then that whole self-defense bit that actually happened exactly the way his victim says it did.

  13. avatar Michael B. says:

    I laughed.

  14. avatar Pseudo says:

    That quote from youngcons is lacking in the critical thinking department. I believe Zimmerman acted in self defense and was within his rights. That doesn’t preclude Zimmerman having stalked Trayvon after profiling him, which is what the cartoon is depicting. They aren’t mutually exclusive.

    1. avatar DrewN says:

      Anytime someone manages to conjure a fatal DGU out of nothing both parties are usually at fault. Don’t go looking for trouble and life becomes much simpler.

    2. avatar Another Robert says:

      Why don’t you try “neighborhood watch volunteer watching unknown young man walking around aimlessly in the rain in a burglary-plagued neighborhood.” Sure, it’s not as pithy a “stalking” but it has the advantage of accuracy.

  15. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    Meh … freedom of speech and all.

  16. avatar Sasquatch says:

    I see a half-white president being stalked by a Democrat voter. I don’t get it.

  17. avatar Lurker_Of_Lurkiness says:

    Why is the moonpie head being followed by a potato head?

  18. avatar BLAMMO says:

    The most powerful man in the World is a victim. And in a world of people like Carolyn McCarthy and Gabby Giffords, being a victim is an accomplishment. Usually, their only accomplishment.

  19. avatar Scrubula says:

    Skittles and Pringles?
    He likes to live on the edge…

  20. avatar Publius says:

    “the depiction of a black man – the first black President of the United States no less – as a defenseless victim.”

    Let’s be honest – since Teddy Roosevelt, we haven’t had a president that could fight and defend himself. Sure, they have their thousands of guards, but the man himself (regardless of if we’re talking Nixon, JFK, Bush 1 or 2, Clinton, Obama, FDR, etc) wouldn’t last five minutes in an actual fight.

    1. avatar HJ says:

      At the time of their presidency, or over the course of their lives? Eisenhower, Truman, Kennedy and Bush Sr. were all veterans, and I’m sure could have punched out a few guys in their youth. Herbert Hoover was a miner in the Australian outback for a while. At the beginning of their presidencies, Truman and Bush Jr. weren’t exactly slouches. I mean, you’re basically saying “Too bad a bunch of 50-60 year old guys can’t win any boxing matches.”

      1. avatar Publius says:

        I mean, you’re basically saying “Too bad a bunch of 50-60 year old guys can’t win any boxing matches.”

        What I’m saying is that the President is almost always physically incapable of defending himself, regardless of weaponry. Rob’s comment about it being an insult to the president to imply the President would be a victim is just wrong, since it’s been incredibly rare for us to have a President that could (at the time they were President) fight.

  21. avatar Vendetta says:

    Pretty fitting comparison really. Thugs all seem to blend together. It only would have been more fitting had Zimmerman been wearing a jacket with USA on it with Obama on top of him beating his head into the concrete.

  22. avatar Amok! says:

    I wonder if Obamination likes Syyrup/Purple Drank…………

    1. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

      Don’t forget that was Arizona watermelon drank in that lean. Oh the racism!

  23. avatar last marine out says:

    It has now come out that George Zimmerman was treated very badly in jail reported by other inmates, he was beat over and over, left naked in a small cell with bright lights on and music so he could not sleep at all and was cleaned up just before court , and also kept him from using bathroom. the guards doing all this were not white and they got away with all the bad treatments….WHERE is JUSTICE in Amerika?

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      Gitmo. At least THEY know the score.

  24. avatar Matt in FL says:

    So what this cartoon is saying is that Obama is going to assault impeachment from out of the darkness, to the point that impeachment’s only option is to use deadly force to avoid being annihilated?

    OK, I guess I get it, but it still makes no sense.

  25. avatar former water walker says:

    Poor Barry. The ultimate victim. BTW JFK and Bush sr were war hero’s. Nixon and Truman served. Ike was a great football player as well as capable of killing. Bush jr looked pretty burly. Carter…never mind. Ford was a football star. Slick Willy & Barry not so much. I was pretty capable in my younger days-now not so much. Are you suggesting Barry Soetero is not authentically a bad ass black man? Raised by white folks & Indonesians? How he moved to Chicago to learn to be black? Shhh…don’t tell anyone.

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      I’ve been told by someone who “knew him when” that Carter would hunt doves on the farm.

  26. avatar Micah Rubin says:

    What an evil, twisted little man. He’ll probably receive another Pulitzer.

  27. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

    The only people talking about impeachment are the Democrats and Sarah Palin. It will never happen because the Republicans know that even if they could get a conviction out of Harry Reid’s Senate they’d still be left with President Biden. Unless they can link Biden to something more serious than general stupidity they’ll never push for impeachment, even if they had a 2/3 majority in the Senate.

  28. avatar Hoystory says:

    Ought to have a battered, bloddy and bruised Zimmerman labeled “Constitution” flat on his back and have Obama straddling him and raining down MMA-style blows on his head.

    That would be more accurate.

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      … Obama straddling him and raining down MMA-style blows on his head

      I could visualize Michelle doing that, but Barry? Never.

      1. avatar Gene says:

        Cue Blazing Saddles – “You brute! You brute! You vicious brute!”

  29. avatar Charlie says:

    I just ignore them. They’re so out of touch.

  30. avatar ThomasR says:

    All the evidence showed that Trayvon was closer to his apartment when he turned around and followed Zimmerman as he was walking back to his truck. All the evidence shows that Trayvon was on top of Zimmerman beating the living day lights out of him; and a jury of his peers agreed he was justified in using lethal force to defend himself; and STILL; people want to insist that Trayvon was a victim of racism by a “white/hispanic”.

    It was this case was the last best example of many that showed me that the old media is utterly and completely corrupt,a propaganda machine for the left without an ounce of professionalism, impartiality or truth. The “journalists” of the old media are worse than prostitutes; at least the prostitutes are honest in what they are selling.

    1. avatar last marine out says:

      Yes and the press lies and NEVER reports the REAL NEWS…Now we have the TOTAL COVERUP of how George Zimmerman was beat up in jail over and over , made to sleep on cold cement floor, and not fed some meals ,,, go’s on and on. Now the MEDIA is not telling us about bans on Russia exports , will bring on world war 3, this is to hide the fact the dollar is READY TO CRASH, as Russia , China will not use the PETRO DOLLAR ,, The BIGGEST money CRASH of ALL HISTORY is coming on FAST…. thanks OBAMA you destroyed it ALL….

      1. avatar Zeus says:

        You characters might want to start buying your tinfoil hats in a larger size.

        1. avatar last marine out says:

          When the tin foil hat remark comes out ,, that is coming from a CHANGE AGENT…

  31. avatar Peter says:

    Never underestimate the importance of hate for turning out the Democratic vote. These are people who vote based on feelings and not rational thought.
    Who was that great leader who exhorted hie people to vote with their heart and not with their minds?
    Yeah, that guy Hitler.

  32. avatar Joe R. says:

    The problem is not with the president, it’s with the people who elected him. This cartoon [not just if it appeals to anyone, but that someone thought it might] is proof.

    If you are from a Blue state, you may be part of the problem. If you are liberal, rino, or have a (D) after your name, the problem is part-of-you.

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