When the brand new White House Press Secretary called a press conference to spend a few minutes complaining about crowd size, I was immediately reminded of Doonesbury cartoon from one of those books. Not sure why this particular cartoon stuck with me, but it did. Through the magic of the internet, I was able to look it up. Would you believe there is a Doonesbury search engine?
I remembered it was at the White House, I remembered the last two panels distinctly. And without too much effort I was able to find it. The strip originally ran on Sunday, April 7, 1974. Unfortunately, the image isn't very clear.
Here's a link to it: http://www.gocomics.com/doonesbury/1974/04/07
I had no idea who the two men were when I read this in the early/mid 80s. The voice on the left is White House reporter Hugh Sidney and the voice on the right is Nixon press secretary Ron Ziegler.
Panel 1: Okay, who'd like a press briefing?!
Panel 3: ...in sum, the information available to me at this time does correspond to my knowledge at the time of my previous statement.
Panel 4: That was beautiful, Ron. Any other questions?
Panel 5: Yes. I have one, Ron. Yes, Mr. Sidney?
Panel 6: Ron, sometimes I imagine you get up in the morning, look in the mirror before you've shaven, and think to yourself, "Ron, you're about to begin another day of evasion and deceit."
Panel 7: Here's my question, Ron: What do you do after you've come to such a realization?
Panel 8: I shave.
I have no idea why out of books and books of cartoons I remember that one so clearly. It's probably pretty obvious as to why it currently came to mind. In the last reporting I saw on the press secretary, when he said, "No, I'm not confused" it felt like he was channeling Martin Short's character Nathan Shurm.
"I know that! Why wouldn't I know that? It's my company, I'm quite aware of that! Is it me? It's him, right?"