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INSIGHTS
Evan Paoletti | Sun City West, AZ | February 01, 2017

Your wonderful insights, and character development, enhanced by your subtle facial variations, provide such entertaining fare. Please keep it coming.

ATTITUDES
Paul Carlin | Belfast, N. Ireland | January 28, 2017

The current series of Classic strips illustrates quite well how attitudes have changed in the intervening years, due in part to the influence of such widely-seen commentary; racial characteristics are a subject which I very much doubt Mr T would tackle with such levity now. He has only himself to blame!

A COMMON TRICK
G.B. | US of A | January 28, 2017

The strips on the Doonesbury Flashbacks page are great at stirring up old memory coals. In today's strip from 45 years ago Benjy short-sheets Mike's bed back at the home farm. In 1972 that was a common trick for welcoming newcomers to my Antipodean boarding school. There it was called an "apple pie bed." No idea why...

VALUES
Melinda W. Capozza | Augusta, GA | January 28, 2017

Our kids were brought up with "Asian family values" by a New York WOP and a Midwestern WASP. Golly, who'da thunk it? GBT strikes again.

UNCANNILY ON POINT
Roy S. | USA | January 25, 2017

Boy, the 35-years-ago today strip from the Flashbacks page is uncannily on point in terms of what's going on now.

SWAMP-DRAINING
Tim Morton | Leicester, UK | January 25, 2017

I'm pretty sure I spotted Earl being sworn in to the White House Clap Posse in a recent @RealRBHJr tweet. But during the swamp-draining I expect Duke to act as a political consultant -- not a lobbyist, per Corey Lewandowski's explanation in this video.

REMEMBER
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | January 25, 2017

It wasn't just computers that the Asian superraces wanted for their children. Musical instruments, too. As did my Jewish relatives, and so many others. Remember -- practice, practice, practice.

DUKE
Mike | Vineland, NJ | January 25, 2017

I am surprised Duke hasn't been tapped for a position in the new administration. It seems like he'd almost be a shoo-in with this group.

OBSERVATIONS
Simon Kneebone | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | January 25, 2017

In the past Mr. Trudeau had to make up the speech of the respective Presidents (Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama) to make the humorous political observations which I think have been the best parts of the Doonesbury strip for 40 years. Donald Trump's tweets are more unhinged and infantile than any words Mr. Trudeau (or any of his many admirers) could make up. From this distance we watch what's happening in the US with amazement.

OUR NEW PRESIDENT
Tami Stout | Matthews, NC | January 24, 2017

Thank you, thank you, thank you, particularly for the recent political satire (alt-falsehoods) about our new President. I've never laughed so hard... nor cried about the truth.

DUKE
Wolfgang Beutin | Rellingen, GERMANY | January 24, 2017

Duke, his self-centered vileness aside, is also a highly political person (which is not necessarily a compliment; and yes, I know he is not real, but with Doonesbury you tend to forget), and he knew already in 1999 who the Trump voter would be. Democrats should have done their reading.

CONSOLATION
Linda Keating | Hayward, CA | January 22, 2017

The one consolation of getting the new president is looking forward to the strip's take on his administration -- beginning with the hilarious one that ran today. Keep up the good work!

UNPRECEDENTED
Wanda Schmidt | Prospect, KY | January 22, 2017

You flatter President Trump, Garry. His fourth grade lexicon does not include the word "unprecedented."

PRESCIENT
Brent McKee | Saskatoon, CANADA | January 22, 2017

Considering the lead time on a Sunday comic, today's strip is remarkably prescient, given Saturday's statement by the new White House press secretary about how big the inauguration crowd was (not). Mr. Trudeau, you do know your target well.

WHITE HOUSE
Jack Smith | Whippany, NJ | January 22, 2017

I loved it when you were doing Bush, and I have missed seeing the White House in your strip. I was overjoyed to see it today. As your book Yuge! shows, Trump gives you and late night show talk shows so much material. It's sad that he is where he is, and we shall see what he screws up now. May God have mercy on us. Keep us laughing.

SANITY TOOLBOX
Nan Wallace | Endicott, NY | January 22, 2017

GBT, thanks for being part of my sanity toolbox all these years. I look forward to your Sunday offerings with as much glee as I ever did.

DAILY BRIEFING
John Brennand | Maple Ridge, CANADA | January 21, 2017

Today's Daily Briefing item about the Jet Blue flight was a much-needed tonic. It made me smile.

PERFECT
Alison Schorger | St. Petersburg, FL | January 21, 2017

Perfect symbol for Trump: a Cheeto. Orange salty fluff on the outside, empty inside, instantly recognizable.

DUCK
S. | Toledo, OH | January 21, 2017

Icon for DT: Donald Duck. Thank you.

LAST NAME
John Rovira | London, UK | January 20, 2017

Greetings from one of your transatlantic cousins. The new president's last name itself may lead you to an apt icon, as the word "trump" is old English slang for breaking wind.