Jerry Holbert

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Jerry Holbert is a cartoonist best known for his political cartoons.

He has a syndicated editorial comic strip. He received the National Cartoonist Society Editorial Cartoon Award for the year 2000.

Holbert grew up in Middletown Township, New Jersey.[1]

He currently works for the Boston Herald newspaper, where he publishes editorial cartoons.

In October 2014, Holbert came under criticism for what many people viewed as a racist depiction of United States President Barack Obama which used the watermelon stereotype: Holbert pictured a recent White House intruder using the president's bathtub while recommending to Obama the use of watermelon-flavored toothpaste.[2][3][4] After negative public reaction, Holbert and also the Boston Herald apologized, and the nationally syndicated version of the cartoon was hastily edited to change the toothpaste flavor to raspberry.[5]


  1. ^ Jerry Holbert Editorial Cartoons, United Feature Syndicate. Accessed August 2, 2007. "Born in Middletown, N.J., in 1958, Holbert aspired to cartooning as a young child".
  2. ^ "Boston Herald: Sorry If We Offended With Obama-Watermelon Cartoon". TPM. October 1, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  3. ^ "YES, THIS RAN IN TODAY'S BOSTON HERALD". Jim Romensko. October 1, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  4. ^ Boss, Owen (October 1, 2014). "Herald cartoonist apologizes for Obama cartoon". Boston Herald. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  5. ^ Cascone, Sarah (October 1, 2014). "Herald cartoonist apologizes for Obama cartoon". ArtNet. Retrieved October 2, 2014.

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