Palling Around With MonumentsS

The urge to draw, literally, a link between Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama would have been irresistible to editorial cartoonists even if both men were not Illinois legislators, outspoken against a foreign military adventure and exploitive of their hardscrabble upbringings in the national hinterlands. Who better to juxtapose with the country's first black president than the commander-in-chief who emancipated American slaves (even if Obama's ancestors were not among them)?

Stir in Obama's famous fist bump, which you just know has been burning a hole in satirists' pocket since it appeared at the Democratic convention in June, and you have the recipe for mass inspiration. Blakeley found the above cartoons floating around on Tumblr.

Clockwise from top left: Steve Sack, Minneapolis Star-Tribune; Richard Crowson, Witchita Eagle; Joel Pett, editorial cartoonist for the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader; David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Daily Star; Mike Luckovich , Atlanta Journal-Constitution.