Bush Congratulates Krugman

Yesterday, President Bush invited the most recent round of Nobel laureates to the White House to accept his congratulations.

And yes, this included his trenchant critic and economics prize-winner, Paul Krugman.

INSERT DESCRIPTIONPhoto from Economist.com

This photo posted on Economist.com (from Agence France-Presse) makes me wish I were better at reading body language.

I’m going to shamelessly rip off The New Yorker‘s cartoon caption contest and ask readers to submit their preferred caption. The best caption wins one of those prized pieces of Freakonomics schwag.

Mull this one over during Thanksgiving dinner, and I’ll return with the contest winner next week.

Addendum: The winners are announced here.

(Hat tip: Free Exchange)


At least they're already standing on the appropriate sides of the flag.


Bush- "You win."


Hey Beardie, I hear you write for the NY Times. Do you know this a-hole Krugman who is always writing about me?


Paul Krugman, 2008 winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics and U.S. President George Bush appear smiling together in the Oval Office after hearing reports that hell has frozen over have been confirmed.

I can only imagine Krugman just said "considering how often I rip you apart in my column, I figured it'd be at least another 2 months before they let me in here."

or perhaps Bush just said "See Paul, trickle down economics DOES work! Businesses increased the amount of debt on their books, now I'm trickling it down to the taxpayers!"

The latter seems to fit better with Krugman's smile, which seems to say "oh my God you're an idiot."


1.- If he only knew who I am...

2.- Take the picture already, my cheeks are starting to hurt!

3.- What have we got in common?... I mean, a nobel laureate and a Texas cowboy? I know! What's up with that Roubini vs Gawker thing eh?

4.- Different life choices dictate where you will place your hands.


...letting bygones be bygones, knowing Pres. Bush will
' be gone '.


"Smug S.O.B."

C. Collins

Whoever smelt the crisis, dealt it!


my hands are tied, but the invisible hand is showing you the door


"Ha ha! For two more months, I could still have you tortured! Er ... coerced!"

Daniel Ensign

George Bush: "I sure wish I could read so I knew what he was saying about me...."

Dave P

Thought bubble over Krugman: "only two more months of this jerk..."

Thought bubble over Bush: "only two more months of this jerk..."

Bobby G

"There's gotta be a secret escape door somewhere around here..."

Keith Weintraub

Off my foot buddy.


Oh no, my friends are going to see this.


Where is the exit?


"Smile now, Krugs, that No-bell ain't gonna pre-vent the foreclosure on your house!"

Joe Smith

The President says his body guards are going to take me for a special ride after this.


You are not only ripping of The New Yorker's cartoon caption contest but also the original posting in the Economist blog where they ask the question "So, like, what do you think they talked about?".


"That fuzzy math sure did pay off, didn't it Kruggy?"