Michael Ramirez has gotten pretty good mileage out his Bush cartoon a week ago. The L.A. Times editorial cartoonist got a bit more attention over the weekend as a guest with Brooke Gladstone on NPR's On the Media, and he poked a little fun at the Secret Service for taking his Bush assassination point too seriously.
RAMIREZ: Well John Ashcroft was sitting in my office. [LAUGHTER] Now I have to screen all my cartoons through him. [LAUGHS]
GLADSTONE: Tell me your reaction when you heard that the Secret Service was interested in speaking to you.
RAMIREZ: Well you know I got this call from this gentleman, and actually he was very nice, but it was so casual and laid back -- I really assumed it was a crank call! He said-- "I'd like to meet with you somewhere and talk to you. I'm with the Secret Service." And I said "Well, [LAUGHS] y--yeah-- uh, well you can meet me here at the paper. How do I know you're with the Secret Service?" And he said "Well, I've got a black suit and black sunglasses and credentials!" [LAUGHTER]
Full transcript at the On the Media site.