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A patriot, it has been said, is someone who loves his own country for itself, as opposed to a nationalist, who believes that his country must be superior to all others. GBT has always been a patriot -- it just comes out differently in 2011 than it did 40 years ago, and the maturation of his feelings has been worked out through the life he's created for B.D. The 9/11/11 strip is just the latest example.
Thanks for the 9/11 strip and BD's gentle wisdom. As someone who was at work three blocks south of the WTC on that Tuesday morning, this anniversary meant a lot to me. You captured perfectly my reaction to how the blaring official coverage machinery, full of people using my grief to advance their agendas, had no place in the day. I do feel, though, for those who had no direct experience of the day. I understand their need to try to reach out for the real through some mediated simulacrum of the event, and I wish them peace.
I returned to Chicago yesterday and opened my subscription copy of the Tribune today to find the Doonesbury cartoon missing. This is the only genuine satire I know of in our publication and it is shocking that the "Trib" would omit it. I am communicating my disappointment to the head of the editorial board.
I called the Trib yesterday to hear their reasoning for not running the strip. They said it was because they could not verify the veracity of the quotes, an issue because you did use quotation marks. I don't mind thoroughness, but this seems like they're holding you to a higher standard than they hold themselves on a regular basis, since this ain't exactly Watergate and they're not the Washington Post. Not that this isn't important, but do they really think that you or Mr. McGinniss have it wrong? In my mind, even if you or he does, it would be up to you to correct/clarify any error, even if they chose to accept the responsibility for publishing.
Sarah Palin is less politically relevant than Tom Brady's passing statistics, yet trashing her for sport trumps any commentary on President Obama's failings. As a life-long fan and admirer of GBT's insightful chronicles, I feel deprived of his take on a progressive Presidential administration's struggle between aspiration and reality.
I wrote to the 'fair and balanced' Chicago Tribune to complain about them pulling Doonesbury this week. I received an anodyne response to which I replied: "Thank you for your response, unsatisfactory as it is. I have now read the second strip. It is obvious that the series is a satire of the way Fox News twists the 'news' in favor of the far right and contains nothing about your beloved Mrs. Palin that is not already common gossip. To repeat, thank you for your courteous response, I do not envy you your task of whitewashing political bias."
Re HISTORY: The point B.D. was making is that people affected by 9/11 can't forget it. Ever.
I believe we have Elias to thank that B.D. was able to reflect with real sorrow, rather than shoot up his garage, when faced with remembrance.
I would like to thank Mr Trudeau for the 9/11 strip. I am a Royal Army Medical Corps medic who worked the rubble in the weeks after the attack as part of the UK MOD support package. I have been involved in operations in Iraq and Helmand province, but that was the one event that has truly stayed with me. 2011 was the first year that I did not revisit the site on the anniversary of the attack. After reading your strip yesterday I cried and truly mourned what happened for the first time. Once again, thank you.
Wha....? Just now, as I was folding up today's Chicago Tribune, I realized I'd forgotten to read Doonesbury. I opened up the comic page again and discovered the following message: "This week's Doonesbury does not meet our standards of fairness. Please enjoy this substitute strip." I'm thinking of cancelling my subscription, which I have never considered in the past. The Tribune has a columnist and a cartoonist who have made careers out of trashing Obama almost every day, and I have accepted it as part of the ugly downside of a democratic society and a free press. And now the Trib says it can't publish a cartoon that quotes a book about Sarah Palin?
I simply wanted to thank you for your strip on Sunday, September 11, 2011. Before I read it, I thought I was abnormal to not want to see television, newspaper, radio or any remembrance tribute marking the 10th anniversary of 9-11-01. It is with us every day, from the calloused fact that we have two wars still going on to the routine fact of having to remove your shoes every time you board a plane. I don't need to re-live it; I would not be able to move forward or fully heal by always opening the scab. It is like an old scar, it is on your body forever. Thank you again.
B.D. has become the essential barometer for the strip. An amazing change from the original helmet-headed and reactionary guy of years ago. But then the change in B.D. is probably something of the change in all of us. Yesterday's strip was a sobering reminder to all of us that we need to be just as reflective as BD has become.
I was a college student in upstate NY on 9/11. As the anniversary approached I felt so jaded by the commemorations and analysis and discussion of the past 10 years, and I just wanted to remember and appreciate exactly where we were and what we lost. Thank you your strip, it expressed that beautifully.
Perfect 9/11 strip. You exactly captured how I was feeling all weekend, in a classy, tasteful way.
I just want to add my voice to the chorus of those who appreciated the 9/11 strip. It made me cry. I felt very weary going into the 10th anniversary because of the ways I felt this day has been used by politicians, the media, etc. to advance their agendas, but I also recognized the significance of this day to everyone -- especially those mentioned by B.D. The strip hit the perfect note.
Thank you, so very much for having the courage to say what I feel. I remember. I'll always remember. I don't need to see it all happen again. I wish I could forget.
I am a 9/11 survivor.This week has been grueling for me. Your strip captured my feelings so well. I worked in North Tower 1. What happened in the stairwell to me will live with me for the rest of my life. I was lucky to survive that day. I appreciate all the Remembrances and Tributes; they are important. I cannot bring myself to go down to the Memorial. I have been keeping busy all day. I guess I am trying to run away from the Memories, but they always catch up with me. I have been reading your strips and books (An Especially Tricky People) since I was a teenager. I am now 54. I have always loved and appreciated your work, but none more than your strip on 9/11/11. Thank you.
I thought I was the only one not wanting to turn on the TV today. I wasn't even sure I wanted to read Doonesbury. Glad I did, though.
It's 9/11 and I'm grateful to you for turning off the coverage for a moment in the name of really remembering, Real remembering is costly. It shows up the comparative cheapness of so much collective helpless stuckness masquerading as new coverage.
The 9/11 strip was a wonderful. I am not the only person distancing myself from the week-long mawkish coverage. One of the best insights of B.D. I have ever seen. The fact that Manhattan was practically closed today due to an al-Queda threat shows the "War on Terror" failed. One wonders what would have happened if the West had put as much time, effort, energy, priority and money into understanding, peace, mediation and reconciliation. We can only hope and struggle for a more sane approach from here on forward. Good on ya G.T.