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CHECKING IN
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | August 14, 2017

Re: "Checking in?" Yes, sir, and don't you want to schedule a conference room for your people's meeting to collude with the President's family and staff?

REFERENCE
Tim Morton | Leicester, UK | August 10, 2017

I confess, the Exxon Valdez reference went over my head too. But Exxon Valdez, Torrey Canyon, and Amoco Cadiz are my go-to pub quiz answers.

OVER MY HEAD
Mike | NEW JERSEY | August 08, 2017

Monday's strip went over my head. Today I recognized the reference to the Exxon Valdez and Captain Hazelwood. You have to be a certain age to remember that.

SAD
Tuatha | Donegal, IRELAND | August 07, 2017

The scariest aspect of the Retro Rerun daily cartoons that have been running the last few years is how relevant they are to yesterday, today and tomorrow. Apart from the occasional name, the SNAFUs and quotidian idiocies are the same. SAD...for the the future, if any.

PREDICTED
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | August 06, 2017

Nailed it! Bill Kristol predicted Elmo and Alice's "pre-existing addiction" (and that of the rest of the 22 million people Mark refers to) way back in 1993 when it was about Hillarycare. That makes two things that I know of where Kristol has been right, even if for the wrong reasons. The other is Never-Trumpism.

BLOOD PRESSURE
Bruce | Saginaw, MI | August 05, 2017

After Election Night and the Inauguration, I told myself I would sit back and be entertained by the Trump presidency, without raising my blood pressure since he was duly elected. The perspective of GBT's Sunday strips, well-timed Classics, "Say What?" quotes, and Roland's tweets have helped. However, after only six months -- I'm not sure the country or I can survive four years of it.

HIGHLIGHTING
Mal Adapted | US of A | August 04, 2017

The Classic re-runs are fun, but your unique talent is highlighting the "clear and present" political danger while making now funny. I'm always relieved to see you on the front line again.

SQUEEE!!
Donna Christopher | Lucerne, CA | August 03, 2017

Squeee!! Thanks for the morning kicker of Ray Benson and Asleep At The Wheel!

SCARAMUCCI
Margo Darling | Castlegar, CANADA | July 31, 2017

Re the speaker featured in today's SayWhat? quote, here's Wikipedia: "Scaramuccia, also known as Scaramouche or Scaramouch, is a stock clown character of the Italian commedia dell'arte."

TIME COVER
Kristi | US of A | July 31, 2017

In today's strip, the Time cover on Trump's desk is a nice touch. What was he saying about "fake news"? Go, Doonesbury!

ROLAND
Steve Singer | Iowa City, IA | July 31, 2017

Thank you, Roland Burton Hedley, III, the voice of up-to-the-minute sane perspective in an otherwise volatile political climate.

THANK YOU
Lala Palooza | Carmel, CA | July 30, 2017

Thank you.

GONE
McAlvie | Baltimore, MD | July 30, 2017

I'm loving the delicious irony of today's strip. Although it's technically out of date, with Prince Reibus having been shown the door by Trump, Sid's words are prophetic. Now Reince learns first hand how fleeting is a job in Trump World. "Those parts are gone!"

EVOLVING
Will Hutchings | Happy Valley, CANADA | July 30, 2017

It seems to me that your Trump is slowly evolving into Humpty Dumpty, or some kind of MODOK-like creature who's just a giant head and tiny arms. Either way, I can't wait for his great fall...

LOSERS
Mrs. Grimble | Scotland, UK | July 30, 2017

For Trump, all prime ministers are losers, because they're (theoretically) answerable to a Head of State. Whereas he, a president, is the Head of State. Thus he outranks them!

SURVIVE THE DARKNESS
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | July 30, 2017

If today's SayWhat? is accurate* (Trump on Obamacare over recent months: "It's a failed experiment. It is totally gone.... Dead.... It's broken, it's collapsing. It's gone.... It's out of business.... It's dead!"), what is keeping Obamacare alive? It must be a spirit greater than Trumpism, greater than the worst negativity spirit that America can evoke. It must be a powerful lot of good at work. It must be a lot of good, hardworking people trying to "do no harm." God bless them, and may the spirit survive the darkness.

Editor's Note:

  * It is.

SWEET
Allison C. Davis | Albuquerque, NM | July 30, 2017

Those sweet, tiny hands!

@!%#
Charlie Bing | Edmonton, CANADA | July 30, 2017

Ah, I am so enjoying Sundays. Today we have the Trumpster with tiny hands talking to (yelling at?) Reince Priebus... and since you penned this cartoon, Priebus has been canned, and the [a series of incredibly offensive expletives deleted] Mooch has come on board. Just another week at the bonkers Trump White House. Man, you just can't make this @!%# up can you?

GLASSES
Bobbie Herman | Fairfield, CT | July 29, 2017

I wonder if Mike wears his glasses to bed so he can see his dreams better...

COMMANDER CODY
Donna Christopher | Lucerne, CA | July 27, 2017

Thanks for the dose of Commander Cody today -- prompted me to wade through my stack of vinyl.