Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Political Doodlers: Obama's and Palin's Doodling Analyzed

Somewhat intriguing. The CNN video below has man-on-the-street and expert's insights about the inner workings of President-elect Barack Obama's doodlings, one of which sold on E-bay in 2007 for $2075, and Gov. Sarah Palin's doodling from her early days in politics. Under the video you'll see Obama's drawing and Palin's doodling for your own analysis.

Obama's doodle
Obama doodle

Palin's doodle
sarah palin doodle
I found the copies of Obama and Palin doodles at The Western Standard. Sarah Palin's doodle goes back to June in The New Republic. I think I'll agree with the Western Standard's assessment of the interest:
Sarah Palin's doodles wouldn't be such a big deal if it wasn't for the fact that a doodle by president-elect Barack Obama could be sold for six figures (and if CNN didn't make a big deal out of it by putting together this video). Wayne Berzon, a memorabilia collector, purchased an Obama doodle for $2,075 during an eBay charity auction in May of 2007. (TWS)
However, I'm glad CNN picked up the story otherwise I would never have considered this topic, which probably makes for decent conversation.

Back in 2007, The Huffington Post reported on the sale of Obama's doodle on eBay. for $2075, back when the President-elect was the Senator from Illinois, and The Chicago Tribune reported that the purchaser, Berzon, says he will not sell it. The paper further reports that Obama's sketch may easily sell for six figures now that he's won the White House. More on Obama's drawing:
The Obama doodle, composed on the charity's inaugural "National Doodle Day" in May 2007, contains likenesses of some of the Senate's most powerful members: Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Democratic colleagues Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, Dianne Feinstein of California and Charles Schumer of New York (The Chicago Tribune)
Folks in the CNN video seem far more complimentary of Obama's doodles as insight into his mind than Palin's, very critical of the governor, and one expert said her doodles resembled those of a teenager, which made me think of how Palin sounded when speaking to those Canadian pranksters. Also, I tend to associate anything like hearts or circles to dot an "i" with childhood. Plus, the drawing of her own name so big may indicate she's a bit self-absorbed, unless she was attempting to visualize how her campaign poster might look.

The expert said Palin's smart, but a bit scattered.

1 comment:

slag said...

In that doodle, Ted Kennedy looks more like Chris Dodd to me. And not even Sarah Palin's doodles will convince me that she's smart.