Yesterday, a friend asked me if I didn’t agree that Governor Rod Blagojevich resembles a brunette version of the Mad Magazine mascot Alfred E. Newman. I thought about it a moment and agreed, “Yeah, he sure does!” I resolved to check out the resemblance at Wikipedia next time I had a chance.
So this afternoon in an idle moment of distraction, I looked up “Alfred E. Newman” and found even more than I suspected I would find.
Indeed, if the “pompodorous” governor were red-headed, he could pass for Alfred E. Newman’s cousin, at least. But what dazzled me the most when I scanned the Wikipedia article was the more amazing resemblance the Governor bears to a 1920′s precursor of Alfred E. Newman, the “Me Worry?” kid (Remember Alfred E. Newman’s motto was “What? Me, Worry?”).
In this bizarre real-life political story, these resemblances between the real-life governor and this silly-looking cartoon character from 80+ years are almost fitting. Even the “Me Worry?” motto suits the unflappable, ever-denying-the-obvious Blagojevich. But best of all, I find some peculiar illustration in these resemblances that supports the old adage that “Truth is stranger than fiction.” The facts of the Blagojevich saga are, in fact, strange to the point of incredulity.
But alas, as bizarre as the tale appeareth, so truthful it seemeth.