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*** 1998: "Starr Wars," a movie poster parody of the partisan Kenneth Starr investigation, depicting Starr as Darth Vader, and Bill Clinton holding a cigar instead of a light saber; *** 1999: "Y2K Panic," a chaotic cartoon showing a crashing airplane displacing the Times Square New Year's Ball, sending it careening into a terror-stricken crowd; *** 2000: A rewritten Presidential oath of office. The issue went to press one week after the disputed 2000 election; the editors had thought they could plug in the winner, but were obliged to publish two versions of the image, one with Al Gore being sworn in, the other depicting George W. Bush. *** 2001: "A.I. Asinine Ideology," a movie poster parody of the Steven Spielberg film A.I. highlighting Jerry Falwell's placing blame on the 9/11 attacks on gays, feminists, abortionists and the ACLU; *** 2002: "Martha Stewart Lying," a magazine spoof of Martha Stewart's insider trading scandal; *** 2003: "Term Eliminator," a movie poster parody of the third Terminator film mocking Arnold Schwarzenegger's victory in the California recall election; *** 2004: "Donny Rumsfeld and the Prisoners of Abu Ghraib," a book cover in the style of the third Harry Potter jacket, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. *** 2005: "Where's W?", a book parody in the style of the "Where's Waldo?" series. The cover shows a tableau of the crowded, flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, with George W. Bush completely impossible to find. *** 2006: "The Iraqi Quagmire Chess Set," in the style of a Franklin Mint collectable. Literal chess pieces were sculpted and photographed, depicting such figures as Dick Cheney, Joseph Lieberman, Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi and Muqtada al-Sadr. *** 2007: "Michael & Me," a faux "feel-good" book in the vein of "Tuesdays with Morrie" and ostensibly written from the perspective of one of Michael Vick's illegal fighting pitbulls. The book cover depicts Vick strangling a dog. Missing: * Abu Ghraib (2004)

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Vote RankingList Ranking  

16

1998

Monica Lewinsky

Designer

55.44% (214 of 386 votes)

18

1998

Kenneth Starr

Attorney

54.69% (35 of 64 votes)

19

1998

Bill Clinton

U.S. President

54.61% (521 of 954 votes)

29

1999

Y2K Bug

Fictional Character

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

21

2000

Al Gore

U.S. Vice President

54.27% (89 of 164 votes)

24

2000

George W. Bush

U.S. President

53.08% (112 of 211 votes)

2

2001

Jerry Falwell

Televangelist

100% (19 of 19 votes)

10

2001

United States

Location

58.24% (106 of 182 votes)

9

2002

Martha Stewart

TV Personality

60.81% (135 of 222 votes)

22

2003

California

State

53.62% (126 of 235 votes)

27

2003

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Actor

52.19% (203 of 389 votes)

4

2004

Lynndie England

Military Personnel

66.67% (6 of 9 votes)

36

2004

Charles Graner

Military Personnel

31.82% (7 of 22 votes)

37

2004

Sergeant Ivan Frederick

Military Personnel

16.67% (2 of 12 votes)

17

2005

New Orleans, Louisiana

Location

55.28% (68 of 123 votes)

25

2005

George W. Bush

U.S. President

53.08% (112 of 211 votes)

23

2006

Iraq

Location

53.33% (48 of 90 votes)

7

2007

Michael Vick

Football Player

62.86% (198 of 315 votes)

32

2008

Sarah Palin

Politician

49.18% (1176 of 2391 votes)

26

2009

Michael Jackson (Vocalist)

Vocalist

52.44% (204 of 389 votes)

1

2010

Tony Hayward

Entrepreneur

100% (2 of 2 votes)

6

2011

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senator

65.70% (8882 of 13520 votes)

8

2011

Barack Obama

U.S. President

61.12% (3506 of 5736 votes)

14

2011

Rand Paul

U.S. Senator

56.32% (945 of 1678 votes)

20

2011

Harry Reid

U.S. Senator

54.35% (25 of 46 votes)

30

2011

Eric Cantor

U.S. Congressman

50.0% (6 of 12 votes)

33

2011

Nancy Pelosi

U.S. Congressman

46.19% (4861 of 10525 votes)

34

2011

Joe Biden

U.S. President

46.18% (9949 of 21546 votes)

35

2012

Cecilia Gimenez

Artist

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

5

2013

United States Senate

Politician

66.67% (8 of 12 votes)

15

2013

United States House of Representatives

Politician

56.25% (54 of 96 votes)

28

2014

National Football League (NFL)

Organization

50.94% (81 of 159 votes)

11

2015

Donald Trump

U.S. President

56.96% (6445 of 11315 votes)

12

2016

Donald Trump

U.S. President

56.96% (6445 of 11315 votes)

13

2017

Donald Trump

U.S. President

56.96% (6445 of 11315 votes)

3

2018

Hollywood, California

Location

66.67% (4 of 6 votes)

31

2019

Boeing

Corporation

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)