Onward… to Florida, February 26, 1976: Powell depicts the 1976 Republican primary race. Candidate Gerald Ford defeated Ronald Reagan in the Iowa, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts pramaries, before narrowly defeating him again in Florida on March 9, 1976. Ford was selected as the Republican presidential nominee later than year, ultimately losing to Jimmy Carter in the general election.
Pardon… I finally got mine, early 1977: On January 21, 1977 President Carter granted an unconditional pardon to hundreds of thousands of men who evaded the draft during the Vietnam War, four years after the withdrawal of all U.S. troops. President Ford had pardoned Richard Nixon for any crimes he may have committed against the United States as president in September 1974.
Jimmy Carter in High Anxiety, early 1978: Powell spoofs Mel Brooks 1977 film High Anxiety. At the time, Carter was faced with taming high economic inflation, navigating a strained diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, mediating peace between Israel and Arab countries, and negotiating the 1977-1978 national coal strike, led by the United Mine Workers of America.
The Sleaze Factor Game, April 15, 1984: Powell satirizes President Ronald Reagan with this board game spoof. Powell depicts many of Reagan’s recent actions as political foibles, including pressuring Anne Gorsuch Burford to resign her post as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, his off-the-record controversial joke about bombing the Soviet Union prior to a radio address, his nomination of Edwin Meese for Attorney General, and his approval of CIA mining operations in Nicaraguan harbors.
We’re hoping a little charisma will rub off on George, August 31, 1988: Powell comments on George H. W. Bush’s lack of charisma during his 1988 presidential campaign. His predecessor Ronald Reagan endorsed Bush’s candidacy in May 1988.
Flagman, June 28, 1989: Powell introduces his Flagman, a character lampooning President George H. W. Bush’s call for a constitutional amendment to outlaw flag burning. Bush called for the amendment as a response to Texas v. Johnson, a Supreme Court case that burning the American flag was a right protected by the U.S. Constitution.
GOP 1994, 1994: Powell comments on the changing face of the Republican Party, spoofing retired NASCAR legend Richard Petty’s 1994 campaign as the Republican nominee for North Carolina Secretary of State. Petty was ultimately defeated by State Senator Elaine Marshall in the general election.
George W. Bush, March 08, 2006: Powell parodies President George W. Bush, alluding to the president’s Texas roots by depicting him astride a horse in stereotypical western attire. Bush’s horse chews on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, commenting the expansion of executive powers during the Bush administration, which many Americans believed threatened constitutional rights.
A friendly game of endorse, February 19, 2008: Following John Edwards’ suspension of his presidential campaign in January 2008, candidates Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton each meet with him seeking his endorsement. Edwards officially endorsed Obama for the Democratic Presidential Nomination in May 2008.