WATCH: The Season for Giving (In) [Cartoon]

A Christmas carol from President Obama.


Mother Jones illustrator Zina Saunders creates editorial animations riffing on the political news and current events of the week. In this week’s animation, she illustrates a Christmas carol from our president. And since you ask: Yes, that is Saunders singing the part of Obama.—The Editors

Here are the words to the song:

The Republicans are frightful
Though I try to be politeful
They never, never, never give an inch
So I’ll always give up in a clinch.

They show no signs of stopping
That’s why I keep flip flopping
They never, never, never compromise
So I cave and I know that’s no surprise.

When they call me out again
How I hate to go out and fight
I’d rather just give up and give in
See it their way and call it a night

My term is slowly dying
And I fear we will soon be goodbying
But as long as they aim at my chin
I’ll just give in! I’ll just give in! I’ll just give in!

 

DOES IT FEEL LIKE POLITICS IS AT A BREAKING POINT?

Headshot of Editor in Chief of Mother Jones, Clara Jeffery

It sure feels that way to me, and here at Mother Jones, we’ve been thinking a lot about what journalism needs to do differently, and how we can have the biggest impact.

We kept coming back to one word: corruption. Democracy and the rule of law being undermined by those with wealth and power for their own gain. So we're launching an ambitious Mother Jones Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on systemic corruption, and asking the MoJo community to help crowdfund it.

We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We want to dig into the forces and decisions that have allowed massive conflicts of interest, influence peddling, and win-at-all-costs politics to flourish.

It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

Thanks for reading—whether or not you can pitch in today, or ever, I'm glad you're with us.

Signed by Clara Jeffery

Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

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