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Running For Office

It’s US election time, so let’s take the opportunity to look at one of the 20th century’s best political satirists, Clifford K. Berryman.

Running for Office

US Presidential campaigns have a habit of throwing up the humorous side of the electoral process. Noticeable examples during the 2012 election that have caught the public’s imagination and gone viral are ‘Big Bird’, ‘Malarkey’, ‘binders full of women’, and ‘horses and bayonets’ (the latter of which was mentioned on Twitter nearly 60,000 times in one minute).

Obviously, though, satire is nothing new (just ask Jonathan Swift). And within a US politics context we need look no further than Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Clifford K. Berryman (1869-1949). Berryman, who worked for the Washington Star and The Washington Post drew thousands of cartoons commenting on the candidates, campaigns, issues and elections of his era, highlighting both the specific and the timeless aspects of American electoral campaigns. In an extraordinary fifty year career, which saw him inadvertently invent the Teddy Bear, he drew every presidential administration from Benjamin Harrison (1889) to Harry Truman (1945).

Below is a selection of some of his best work, all of which can be found in our book Running for Office.

Click a thumbnail to begin the slideshow.

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