'Rudd/Obama' cartoon by Matt Davidson, the Age, 2009


This is a cartoon by Matthew Davidson which shows Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and US President Barack Obama standing side-by-side with their arms crossed and smiling. Rudd has his fingers crossed.

Educational value

In March 2009 Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made his first visit to the United States to meet President Barack Obama. Topics for discussion included the global economic crisis, the Iraq war and climate change. Cartoonists took the opportunity to contrast the image and styles of these two key political figures.

Political cartoons have a long history in Australia, and remain one of the most popular forms of political commentary. Though caricatures and satirical illustrations appeared in some of Australia's earliest newspapers, it was not until the 1830s that they became a frequent and respectable feature of the print media. Publications such as the Melbourne Punch, the Sydney Punch, the Bulletin featured both caricatures and cartoons, and it was through these publications that political cartoons became a popular element of the Australian press.

Matthew Davidson is a cartoonist for the Melbourne Age.

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