August 20, 2010 – Obama and the Wave
Aug 22nd, 2010 by Rob Smith, Jr.


There goes Obama! Isn’t he havin’ FUN!!??!! And not one press person around!

I have been recently slammed with work and divorce legal issues and was going to pass on both cartoons this week. I quickly knocked this out Thursday night. Entirely done with Photoshop.

April 23, 2010 – Obama’s Economic View
Jun 4th, 2010 by Rob Smith, Jr.


March 26, 2010 – Getting Tanned
Mar 30th, 2010 by Rob Smith, Jr.


My friend J.R. Griggs passed along this idea. He nailed it. I didn’t even edit his wording.

J.R. works on internet marketing. Check him out here.

Below is the recording of me drawing the cartoon.

March 16, 2010 – The King could turn Lame Duck early…
Mar 24th, 2010 by Rob Smith, Jr.


No health care = Massive losses in November for Democrats and Obama suddenly becomes less welcome at Democrat fund-raising opportunities. Obama can’t have that happen. Appearances are his entire stock and trade. So Pelosi will have to keep her track record in tack and get this through and save Obama from having to figure out what to do if ha can’t hit the campaign circuit.

I was having a bad day when I went at this and basically botched it. While drawing on UStream, viewer Jared Sloger flagged me on the original cartoon, thank goodness. I trashed the first and re-approached the subject very quickly and knocked out the pencil and ink of above. Thanks, Jared!

Below is the stream for the cartoon above:

Below is the first attempt. Please excuse all of my frustration.

February 9, 2010 – Obama Snowed In
Feb 15th, 2010 by Rob Smith, Jr.


Another great gag by Ken Culotta. Luckily I’ve been in an airport recently and could better draw the interior of an airport!

January 29, 2010 – Florida’s Train to Nowhere!
Jan 30th, 2010 by Rob Smith, Jr.


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I’ve been involved on all sides of the train issue for some 20 years. In that time I’ve seen a drive towards getting one thing, and one thing only, built – Consultants bank accounts. Here in Florida we seem too apt to repeat the disaster of 100 years of Everglades cleanup. Millions and millions of dollars to people who claim to be working on solutions and the most that is produced is 100s of pages of “solutions” and very little work for the money.

This time it’s BILLIONS of tax payer dollars for something that the polls consistently show the people want but the people won’t ride. My argument, from the very first time I heard of this when I worked in government, was let the private sector pay for this. I learned early on that they won’t from their very employees, who stated they can’t build it because they know this can’t make money.

So the lowly taxpayers get stuck with a worthless project that will bleed them dry and probably will never see a train built.

What’s interesting about the “Orlando” to “Tampa” route Obama is touting is that so little work has been done for that proposed route. Most of the effort and money has been put into a trail that goes from western Volusia County to western Orange County. More reason to need to blow away more taxpayers dough!

I could go on. This is a financial disaster that will never meet its expectations. 1 million riders is a conservative estimate of ridership. Dade County’s MetroRail would love to see that number in 5 years. And they’re in a more congested area.

The cartoon is an amalgam of ideas from Ken Culotta, Sally Baptiste and Mark Duren.

January 15, 2010 – Deal with the Devil
Jan 19th, 2010 by Rob Smith, Jr.


Click here and you can watch me draw the original cartoon for January 15th. Dick Daniels joins me and talks politics, too. I realized my concerns were too much and I scrapped it and zipped out the above instead. The cartoon above was entirely done using Photoshop.

January 12, 2010 – Unemployment
Jan 19th, 2010 by Rob Smith, Jr.


Click here to watch this cartoon being drawn. This cartoon came about because of an interview with Cristina Romer on ABC News This Week. WD from Sarasota pointed out the interview was coming up by way of Twitter. Thanks to WD for giving me the heads up. I would’ve ordinarily have missed the interview because where I am ‘The McLaughlin Group’ is what I watch when that part of ‘This Week’ is on. Ken took the concept and wrote the gag.

October 23, 2009 – Executive Pay Cut
Oct 23rd, 2009 by Rob Smith, Jr.


So Washington talks of roping in executive pay. So executives will play the usual games by shifting positions to miss the purse string ties.

I had a fellow in mind as the janitor. I was working where he was a few months ago. That really helped get the distinctive look of the janitor vs. the executives.

August 14, 2009 – What happens when you just want an answer to a question…
Aug 18th, 2009 by Rob Smith, Jr.


I don’t understand how Americans are labeled “protestors” for asking simple, logical questions at these political healthcare forums?

Click here to see the cartoon on Glenn Beck’s site.

Below is the pencil drawing.


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