Pinback button satirizing President Richard M. Nixon and opposing the Vietnam War, 1971. National Peace Action Coalition (NPAC). Copyright 1971 NY Review of Books.
David Levine caricature depicts Nixon with a giant head, riding a U.S.A. bomber plane; he holds a sign with the outline of a missile, a perversion of the peace symbol.
Saddled with an increasingly unpopular war he had inherited from the previous administration, Nixon drew down American combat forces in Vietnam, but stepped up the bombing of North Vietnam, and expanded operations to neighboring Laos and Cambodia. He soon found himself vilified in the liberal press, in much the same way that LBJ had been.
Levine, whose cartoon of Lyndon Johnson showing his gallbladder scar in the shape of Vietnam is one of the enduring images in the history of political caricature, here takes aim at Nixon, depicting him as a crazed warmonger.
A classic Vietnam era pinback! Guides at $30 in Hake (MCG 2068).