Did you get the above cartoon the first time you looked at it?
I didn’t, and neither did my husband.
The cartoon was created by the brilliant Steve Breen, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the San Diego Union-Tribune since 2001.
The cartoon appeared the day after President Biden’s inauguration.
Breen’s work appears regularly – almost daily – in the Union Tribune, and regularly – almost daily – my husband or I will say, “Great Breen today!”
This time, though, what we thought we were seeing was a figure identified as “Biden” with a paint roller in his hand, covering the Seal of the President of the United States.
Which normally looks like this:
“Why would President Biden,” we wondered, “be painting over the presidential seal?”
We took a closer look…and then…we got it.
President Biden isn’t holding a paint roller.
It’s a squeegee.
He’s washing off the filth of the past four years.
President Biden has much to clean up, and he can’t do it alone.