January 19, 2009 10:29 PM
Barack Obama:The Promised Land
A Day to Remember
I'm never quite sure where an idea will come from. This one struck me midway through watching a U2 video from the Lincoln Memorial concert honoring President-elect Barack Obama. Our rock n' roll expert Mark Brown had posted the video on the Rocky website. The song was "Pride" a U2 classic commemorating the life of MLK. I told Rocky sports columnist Sam Adams I was thinking about this scene of African-American athletes who helped to overcome our nations racial divides witnessing the inauguration. Sam helped me expand the list and Scott Stocker and sports editor Barry Forbis joined in. Soon we had a pretty good list.
A Cast of Thousands
Actually there are only 40, but it felt that way.
I set out sketching Obama taking the oath first and then went left to right filling in the caricatures of each athlete one by one. Sam suggested having all five of the Texas Western players in the caricature instead of just a single representative. Since I'm from El Paso (Texas Western became UTEP in 1967) that seemed like a good idea. This is one of those cartoons that I wished I had about 2 months to work on, really fine tuning each likeness just right. But since we have deadlines I had barely enough time to finish this version. I hope you enjoy it. Take a moment today and breathe in the history before us. This President has a mountain of challenges before him. It will not be an easy road. But like the athletes depicted in this cartoon we must find the way to overcome the adversity we are now facing.