June 27, 2012

Legendarily cranky children’s author Maurice Sendak died last month, but even from beyond the grave, there’s no shortage of sarcastically vituperative statements coming from his mouth. In an interview with the Comics Journal that was conducted in October of 2011, Sendak made a few comments about what he fantasized about doing while President George W. Bush was in office. “Bush was president, I thought, ‘Be brave. Tie a bomb to your shirt. Insist on going to the White House,’” he told the publication. “And I wanna have a big hug with the vice president, definitely. And his wife, and the president, and his wife, and anybody else that can fit into the love hug. And then we’ll blow ourselves up, and I’d be a hero. To hell with the kiddie books. He killed Bush. He killed the vice president. Oh my God.”

While joking about blowing up a sitting president isn’t the type of crack that even the most partisan liberal would make, it’s important to remember that Sendak was 83 years old when he made the statement, and way beyond the point of caring about his reputation or any blowback. After all, his propensity of not giving a shit is well on record. (Plus, White House security is so much better than allowing an octogenarian through the doors with a bomb strapped to his chest.) That said, don’t be surprise if a campaign to ban such an anarchist hippie from our libraries emerges from the less forgiving side of the country, especially considering President Obama read Where the Wild Things Are for a group of children earlier this year.

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