Boston Marathon Bombing

Filed in Delaware, National by on April 16, 2013

I wrestled with ideas for my cartoon about the Boston Marathon bombing long and hard before finally settling on this one. At first, I thought something more poignant, like first responders crossing the finish line, might be a nice way to go. But I always try to say something with my cartoons, and as I was watching media coverage of the event, I couldn’t get over how politicians were pushing each other out of the way to declare a temporary bipartisan cease-fire.

Does it really take a horrific bombing that claimed the lives of three people, including an eight-year-old boy, for our politicians to set aside petty differences and work together?

Newsworks has a nice story up by Shana O’Malley featuring first-hand accounts of local runners who were participating in the Boston Marathon:

Doug White of the Delaware Sports Club was in the final stretch of the marathon when runners in front of him began to stop.

“I was running in like everyone else and all of the sudden, about half a mile from the finish line, they stopped us, just like a crash on I-95, we all just started backing up and nobody knew what happed,” explained White. “We heard the sirens; no one heard the explosion from that distance.”

This was White’s 40th consecutive Boston Marathon and several family members were waiting for him to cross the finish line.

“We were told there were explosions at the finish line and my two daughters, my son, my sister, my brother, my wife were all at the finish line so I was in a panic,” said White.

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Rob Tornoe is a local cartoonist and columnist, and can be seen in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Press of Atlantic City, The News Journal, and the Dover Post chain of newspapers. He's also a contributor to Media Matters and WHYY. Web site: Twitter: @RobTornoe

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  1. cassandra m says:

    This is a fantastic cartoon, Rob. But I was scratching my head on what you were getting at until I read your post here. I didn’t see any of the pushing each other out of the way for bipartisanship. But I wonder how long this will last? Mitch McConnell has pulled out his post 9/11 stump speech (we’re too complacent on terror)and Steve King is using the event to call for a slowdown of immigration reform.

    I’m sure I’m too cynical. But I am glad that there was some attempt at a united front, if only for awhile.

  2. Jason330 says:

    Cute cartoon but not really true. I had the misfortune of hearing Part of the Hannity show on the radio today. Non stop, Stomach churning attack on Obama. Business as usual on the right.

  3. Rob Tornoe says:

    Well, I’m glad all the positive vibes lasted at least a day.

  4. Frank says:

    Let me see.

    How can I put this tactfully?

    Anyone who thinks that Republicans will sacrifice an opportunity for political mudslinging so as to facilitate a sense of national unity is an optimist who hasn’t been paying attention for the last (mumble) decades.

  5. Fuzzbuster says:

    Obama created the Boston nightmare. This is the crap you get for electing a socialist Muslim sympathizer because you disliked George Bush’s belief in God and his fake southern Accent. How do you see this as a “come together” event for the GOP and the Dems? We couldn’t be more divided. Obama gets a big fat “I TOLD YOU SO” for his cowardice, stupidity, arrogance, and calculated deceit. Obama’s FBI knew about these Muslim Murderers as informed by Russian authorities, but did nothing. Go ahead and spin this one, Dems. Spin it, roll it up in a big fat joint and sell it to the clueless so they can smoke their worries away….be a part of the Choom Gang Nation. Obama will convince the Dems that these were noting more than two lone wolves, dissatisfied with their lack of friends and American oppression. A few tokes on a bong, a little meth, topped with welfare (caugh-caugh Disability) and a free phone on top. This is all Obama needs to get his worshipers to believe these were just two poor youths, one who had brain injuries due to boxing; to restrain the clueless from infuriating Muslims by calling them out as the Murdering Satan (PBWH) worshiping vampires they really are. While you Dems are puffing pot, and letting drug pushers and Muslim-Bombers into our country all in the sake of keeping drugs cheap for the unemploy….I mean disabled, the rest of us who don’t worship Obama and his doped-up minions, will continue to get the real facts out. All in the hope that some day, the a small fraction of the Dopers and their government-paid-for kiddies wake up and join the informed in fighting back the Obama Dummy Nation.

  6. V says:

    oh man. i. i mean, just… man.

    this is perfect. do you work at The Onion?

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share such superbly crafted satire with us.

    really. it’s an honor.