Editorial cartoons from March 20, 2022: Zelensky’s leadership, Ukrainian record


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed a joint session of Congress via video feed on Wednesday to urge the United States to provide arms and money to help Ukraine repel the Russian invasion. Zelenskyy called on President Joe Biden to lead.

“You are the leader of the nation, of your great nation. I wish you to be the leader of the world. To be the leader of the world means to be the leader of peace,” the Ukrainian president said. Members of Congress gave Zelenskyy a standing ovation.

In the main gallery image this week, editorial cartoonist Dana Summers of Tribune Content Agency interpreted Zelenskyy’s speech as a schoolboy Biden leadership lecture. Creators Syndicate’s AF Branco draws Zelenskyy taking Biden’s seat as leader of the free world. Michael Ramirez of the Las Vegas Review-Journal described Zelenskyy as a modern-day Winston Churchill and Russian leader Vladimir Putin as a weasel.

Putin’s relentless attacks on Ukrainian civilians dominate the gallery this week, with entries from Phil Hands, Bill Bramhall, David Horsey, Joel Pett, Walt Handelsman and Mike Luckovich.

Other newsworthy events in this week’s cartoons include former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s attempts to revive his political career after stepping down in disgrace last year; high gasoline prices and inflation; and the return of Major League Baseball after an agreement to end its player lockout.

The cartoons were drawn by Nick Anderson, Bill Bramhall, Dana Summers, Drew Sheneman, Walt Handelsman, David Horsey, Phil Hands, Joel Pett, and Joey Weatherford of Tribune Content Agency; and AF Branco, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez of Creators Syndicate.

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