Mad Magazine Doesn't Get Pete Buttigieg, Either

Trump's comparison to Alfred E. Neuman had baffled the candidate
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2019 10:49 AM CDT
Mad Magazine Doesn't Get Pete Buttigieg, Either
Alfred E. Neuman headlines an exhibit including memorabilia in celebration of the artistic legacy of MAD magazine last year in Columbus, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

Pete Buttigieg might have just lost the Mad vote. The magazine was pulled into politics Friday when President Trump assessed the Democrat's presidential candidacy by telling Politico, "Alfred E. Neuman cannot become president of the United States." He's the gap-toothed cartoon character who has represented the magazine for decades, known for his shrug and his "What, me worry?" motto but whose fame apparently has escaped Buttigieg. "I'll be honest. I had to Google that," the candidate said later. "I guess it's just a generational thing. I didn’t get the reference. It's kind of funny, I guess." Trump is 72, Buttigieg is 37. Mad is 66 years old, per Wired.

In response, the magazine tweeted: "Who's Pete Buttigieg? Must be a generational thing." It's not clear that Buttigieg should worry, but the magazine did retweet a post that read, "no way i'm voting for anyone who has never read mad magazine." Neuman has a history in politics, per the Washington Post. He appeared on the cover of the magazine in 1956 as a write-in candidate for president. That campaign was unsuccessful. (Read more Mad Magazine stories.)

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