Nuclear Football

Friday's Editorial Cartoon   —   Posted on February 26, 2021


1. Editorial cartoonists often use symbols to represent a person, group or idea. (the lion is a symbol of courage)
a) What does the donkey symbolize in this cartoon?
b) What does the football represent?

2. Cartoonists often use humor to illustrate a news item. What recent news item is illustrated in this cartoon?

3. Although there are some safeguards in place, the president of the United States has sole authority to launch a nuclear weapon.  It is believed that this unprecedented request by a large number of Democrats to a Democratic president is due to the fact that:

a) Why do you think such a large number of Democrats made this request?

b) This story was mostly ignored by the media. Do you think it should have been a bigger news story? Why or why not?

c) Ask a parent to answer a) and b).

Cartoon by Margolis & Cox