Finally someone has come out with a book of doodles by American Presidents. Sasha Archibald, Sina Najafi, Paul Collins, and Jeffrey Greenberg have put together Presidential Doodles: Two Centuries of Scratches, Squiggles and Scrawls From the Oval Office.
Most are pretty boring, like FDR's utilitarian battleship sketch.
Richard Nixon's post-Warhol Op-Art brain-teaser, on the other hand, looks like something I scrawled on the brown paper cover of my middle-school Spanish text book in 1978.
But WAIT A MINUTE! What the fuck is up with Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893) and his freaky jack-o-lantern-head-contemplating-sacred-desert-bird doodle? If that's not a 'shroom-fueled Meat Puppets album cover, I'm a mindless idiot on the lake of fire.
Also, have a look-see at Warren G. Harding's modernist Manhattan skyscape as backdrop for hand-with-apparently-amputated fingers. Creepy anticipation of the crash of '29 you say? I'm thinking Joe Jackson live album circa 1985. Maybe Greg Kihn band.