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1. What question, often asked in presidential elections about an incumbent candidate, is this cartoon based on?

2. Irony is defined as when the opposite of what you expect to happen occurs. Describe the irony in this cartoon.

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Cartoon by Bruce Plante, Tulsa


1. The question often asked to voters about the incumbent is: “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” 
(In his acceptance speech at the Republican convention last week, challenger Mitt Romney asked voters: “Are you better off now than you were four years ago when President Obama was elected?”)

2. The irony is that you would not expect a speaker at the convention to ask this question about his own party’s candidate.