Gerald Ford: The Man No One Could Caricature


Gerald Ford, 38th President of the United States and pardoner of Richard Nixon, was a cartoonist’s nightmare. As hard as it may be to believe, there was a time when editorial cartoonists had a president who was so boring-looking that he was almost impossible to draw. No one could seem to agree on what Ford’s most dominant figure was — his chin, his forehead, his upper lip? As a result, caricatures of the president varied widely from artist to artist. Normally, cartoonists would wait for comedians to point out what was wrong with a president’s face and take it from there. They soon discovered that they almost had to label the president with big letters on his coat, just to show who the caricature was. They all agreed that Ford had a lot of weird deformities, but he was just too hard to draw.