Exclusive: The Mad Magazine take on White House security

Finally — the hours I spent in my youth on MAD Magazine have paid off! I grew up on MAD, with its cynical and self-deprecating humor and its satirical look on American life and institutions. On a trip to the Big Apple in 1974 at the tender age of 11, I even bought a copy at a newsstand on my own — and worried its proprietor enough that he gave me a paperback dictionary for free and kindly suggested I spend more time reading the book. Not long after that, my cool aunt gave me a MAD subscription, so I lived on a steady diet of fun throughout most of my adolescence. (That assumes that my adolescence came to an end, I know.)

Forty years later, MAD Magazine has partnered up with Hot Air to give an exclusive first look at part of an upcoming feature. Issue #531, “The 20 Dumbest People, Events and Things of 2014,” hits newsstands on December 16 (with or without dictionaries), and #16 on the list is a swipe at White House security breaches — which they call “Witless Protection.”  The furshlugginger graphic is fairly readable in this size, but click to get a better look:



Let’s just say that this won’t be the Secret Service’s favorite issue. Anyway, I hope Hot Air readers find this as fun a diversion as I did, and keep an eye out for MAD #531 when it comes out a week from today. It’ll be just to the right of the potrzebie.

Here’s the cover, too. From the looks of it, Hot Air readers might find several more entries in this feature worth reading, too:

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Looking back on it 40 years later, I think I did make good use of both the magazine and the dictionary. I owe that newsstand vendor a big thank you.


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Jazz Shaw 10:01 PM on January 31, 2023