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How East views West

The Far Eastern press' take on Barack Obama and his visit.

November 22, 2009

While stateside scribblers were throwing the book at Sarah Palin, how did our Far Eastern counterparts present our president? Singapore's Heng used a hoop metaphor for his sideline line drawing of the disarmed globe-trotter in chief. (Watch out, though -- Barack's a lefty, remember?) China Daily's Luojie treated Obama as a sweet-talking, sweet-hawking street huckster, while Guangzhou's Jianping Fan served up kinder and gentler pie-in-the-sky. Of course, these are only the sanitized, officially approved cartoons. A fearlessly independent press like ours would've tackled weightier stuff . . . like Sarahpalooza.

-- Joel Pett

Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky. His work also appears in USA Today.

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