January 20, 2009 / 7:48 PM / 10 years ago

Obama too handsome for caricaturist

President Barack Obama (L) and former president George W. Bush are seen during the inauguration ceremony in Washington January 20, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is too good looking to provide inspiration for cartoons in the same way George W. Bush served as fodder for some of their most biting commentary, a caricaturist on said Tuesday.

“It’s never a gift for a caricaturist to draw a handsome man,” said Pierre Kroll, from Belgium, which prides itself on its comic book culture including Tintin.

“Somehow, we prefer overweight people, people with a beard, huge noses, ridiculous glasses ... If caricaturists could elect presidents, we would choose people with faces we enjoy drawing, and not a playboy like him,” said Kroll whose works appears in the Belgian daily “Le Soir.”

Kroll said positive public sentiment toward the incoming U.S. president might also make it harder for caricaturists whose portraits have to underline a person’s weaknesses and flaws.

“Caricaturists like to be a bit nasty and here, he comes with a lot of sympathy, it’s harder for us to do our job and mock him while Bush had become a favorite target for cartoonists,” he said.

Reporting by Bate Felix and Marine Hass

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