Rex Babin-The Sacramento
Naked Gore prancing about as two people watch.
Gore: "Free at last! Free at last!" People: "Not running for president sure has liberated Al Gore..."
Steve Benson-United Media
Two panels with Gore at podium.
1. Gore: "I've already gotten lots of laughs for hosting 'Saturday Night Live" 2. Gore: "...I don't need any more by running for president..."
Title "Where's Al?" Donkey on ladder holding crown labelled 2004; very small below are Lieberman, Kerry, and Dean.
Steve Breen-San Diego
Union Tribune 12/17:
Daschle, Kerry, Lieberman, Dean, Gephardt, Edwards google-eyed in bed
Radio: "Al Gore has decided not to run in 2004..." Music above: "Tiny tots, with their eyes all aglow, will find it hard to sleep tonight."
Chris Britt-The State
The U.S. Supreme Court. Box in the corner identifies it "At Bush Campaign Headquarters"
From out of the columns: "Gore's out? Bring on the next sucker!"
Gary Brookins-The Richmond
Gore just landing on a desert island while a ship sinks in the background.
Gore: "...Therefore I've decided not to seek the presidency in 2004..."
Donkey holding newspaper headline "Gore Not Running" hugs Santa.
Donkey: "Thank you Santa!"
John Cole-The Herald Sun
(Durham, NC) 12/17:
Donkey very pleased at 2004 Christmas stocking with "I won't run.-Al" paper in it; Santa going up the chimney.
Donkey: "Oh, joy!! Santa Gore was here!!"
Matt Davies-The Journal
Donkey at drawing board labelled "The Comprehensive Democratic Leadership Roster." One name on the list-Al Gore crossed out.
Donkey: "Phew. That's a load off."
Bill Day-The Commercial
A Mickey Mouse type hat w/ donkey ears a "Gore in '04" button and "Al" on a hat stand.
Box: "Hanging it up"
Bill DeOre-The Dallas
Morning News 12/17:
Ship named "Other Demo Contenders" w/ donkey on prow halted before a drawbridge waiting for Model T car labelled "Gore" to clear.
Donkey thinks: "Finally!"
Bob Gorrell-AOL News 12/16:
Two panels. 1. Medium image of Gore. 2. Gore with crutches, casts on both feet, one labelled "support."
1. Gore: "I will not run in 2004..." 2. Gore: "For obvious reasons!"
Steve Greenberg-The Ventura
County Star 12/16:
Donkey in bed. Gore in chains, labelled "Ghost of Election Past"
Gore: "I've decided not to haunt you anymore." Donkey: "Merry Christmas! God bless us, every one!!"
Grinning donkey reading newspaper w/ headline "Gore won't run"
Media Group, Little Rock, AR 12/16:
People on couch watching a TV with cheer sounds coming out of it.
1. "Boy! Those Republicans are really happy about Gore not running in '04..." 2. "Those are Democrats..."
Joe Heller-The Green Bay
Two panels. 1. Smiling donkeys watching Gore on TV-"Saturday Night Live". 2. Cheering donkeys watching Gore on TV "60 Minutes"-"Sunday Night Dead"
David Horsey-Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Donkey in inflatable raft going over rapids with big Gore log in foreground.
Box: "The Logjam Breaks..."
Chan Lowe-South Florida
Sun Sentinel 12/18:
Gore walking away from a guillotine. At the top are a sign "Election 2004" and a couple of American flags; at the base is a bucket "Any Democratic Candidate."
Gore: "It's time I gave somebody else a chance."
Kal-Baltimore Sun 12/17:
Gore with concrete bricks on his feet, Lieberman on a treadmill, and two donkeys watching.
Gore: "Joe... I've decided not to run..." Donkey: "Al Gore leaves big shoes to fill"
Jimmy Margulies-The Record
Stockings labelled Kerry, Edwards, Daschle, Gephardt, Lieberman and Dean over fireplace.
"...the stockings were hung, all with great care, for they knew Al Gore would no longer be there..."
Al and Tipper Gore in the house, he holds newspaper (headline "Gore says he won't run"); crowd outside w/ GOP button, signs "Gore in 2004," "We Want Al!"
Tipper: "Al, there's a huge crowd out there begging you to reconsider your decision..."
Rick McKee-The Augusta
Donkey holding newspaper (headline "Gore won't run in '04") and elephant.
Donkey: "I'm trying to decide if I should be happy or sad..." Elephant "Me too..."
Tom Meyer-San Francisco
A couple of men talking at a bar and Trent Lott waving to them.
Man 1: "But his departure could really hurt the Republican Party..." Lott: "I'm not gone yet!" Man 2: "We were talking about Gore."
Gore, Lieberman and Kerry in a hot tub.
Gore: "Try to contain your sorrow"
Jim Morin-The Miami Herald
12/18: Bush on surfboard riding huge wave labelled "War" over Gore.
Gore: "I have decided to step down..."
Jack Ohman-The Oregonian
Gore looking in mirror (from Saturday Night Live appearance) and donkey on other end of couch.
Gore: "...I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me..." Donkey: "Two out of three ain't bad..."
Jack Ohman-The Oregonian 12/18:
6 Panels: 1. "Democrats react to the Gore announcement." 2. Kerry. 3. Lieberman. 4. Edwards. 5. Gephardt. 6. Daschle.
Jeff Parker-Florida Today
Donkey underneath a Christmas tree opening presents; many, many pairs of socks strewn about, but in front of him are boxed gifts "Al Gore Drops Out Non-Action Figure" and "Trent Lott Gaff Set"
Donkey thinks: "Oh good...for a minute there, I was getting worried..."
Bruce Plante-The Chatanooga
Two panels. 1. Donkey pats crying figure on back. 2. Figure lifts head--it is an elephant.
Donkey: "Get a hold of yourself man! Gore not running may be the best thing for the party." 2. Elephant: "That's what I'm afraid of!!!"
Dwane Powell-Raleigh News
& Observer 12/17:
Gore walking past doors with various labels "Farmer Al," "Daper Al," "Erudite Al;" he wears a label "Citizen Al" and is about to flip a switch.
Switch has sign: "Will the last Al Gore to leave please turn out the lights."
Rob Rogers-The Pittsburgh
Man reading "Pinocchio" to his son, who is in bed. On the bed is newspaper "Gore Won't Run Again; Reveals Funny, Human Side on 'SNL.'"
Man: "It was only when the wooden puppet found the courage to speak the truth from his heart that he turned into a 'real' boy." Boy: "You mean like Al Gore."
Drew Sheneman-Newark Star-Ledger
3 panels. 1 and 2. Back view of elephant and man watching TV w/ "Gore Won't Run in 2004" on screen. 3. Front view shows the man is Lott and the elephant is grimacing.
1. Man: "It's about time he stepped aside." 2. Man: "He's a distraction. It was starting to hurt his party." 3. Lott: "Some guys just can't take a hint."
John Sherffius-St. Louis
Post Dispatch 12/16:
Gore looking in mirror (from Saturday Night Live appearance).
Gore: "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, but doggone it, people just don't like me."
Jeff Stahler-The Cincinnati
Clown with caption "Al Gore...Reinvented"
Scott Stantis-The Birmingham
Donkey clicking lock on lock box.
Donkey: Goodbye, Al..." From the box: "Sigh..."
Scott Stantis-The Birmingham News 12/19:
Three panels. 1. Two donkeys discussing matters. 2. Donkeys looking over at Democratic contenders (Edwards, Lieberman, Kerry, Gephardt, and Dean). 3. Two donkeys.
1. One donkey to the other: "Al Gore's not running. Now what?.." 2. - 3. Second donkey to first: "Well, Mondale's available."
Morning News 12/16:
Box labelled "Gore 2004 presidential candidacy" Caption below says "The Lock Box"
From the box "sigh..." In corner of drawing, donkey asks cartoonist, "Should I throw away the key?"
Dana Summers-The Orlando
Gore next to smiling three donkeys and crying Bush.
Gore: "I've decided not to run."
Ann Telneas-Tribune Media
Gore, Elephant holding stomach, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Gore: "I will not run..." HRC "...which means I will in 2008."
Gary Varvel-The Indianapolis
Donkey holding "No Gore in '04" on glum looking Santa Gore's lap.
Donkey: "This is just what I wanted!"
Dan Wasserman-Boston Globe
Cartoonist with figures of Lott, Gore, Law and Henry K. leaving the drawing board.
Cartoonist (to Lott): "Not you too?!"
Dick Wright-Columbus Dispatch
Big sign "Gore" with an "N" painted over the "R;" a donkey with paint can is hiding behind the corner of the sign and giving thumbs up.