After weeks of back and forth, lawmakers in the United States finally reached a compromise on raising the nation’s debt ceiling in early August 2011. But broader concerns persisted over the state of the U.S. economy and the state of uncertainly over the country’s apparent inability to reach political compromise. In this cartoon, posted by China Daily cartoonist Will Luo (罗杰) to his blog, President Obama is pictured at left, in a tight shot, congratulating the Republicans and Democrats for reaching a compromise over the debt ceiling. Obama grins and says: “Congratulations on finally coming to an agreement, guys!” But the shot pulls back at right, where it is clear all three are standing cluelessly atop a sinking ship.

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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