Like any good American or American cable company, Maurice Sendak detested George W. Bush. How much? Enough to (jokingly?) contemplate blowing himself up to kill Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. In an excerpt of a wide-ranging interview with The Comics Journal shortly before his death, Sendak tells Garth Groth how he'd wipe out the first and second families with one "love hug."
SENDAK: Bush was president, I thought, "Be brave. Tie a bomb to your shirt. Insist on going to the White House. 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."
GROTH: A group hug.
SENDAK: And then we’ll blow ourselves up, and I’d be a hero. [Groth laughs.] To hell with the kiddie books. He killed Bush. He killed the vice president. Oh my God.
GROTH: I would have been willing to forgo this interview. [Sendak laughs.]
SENDAK: You would have forgotten about it. It would have been a very brave and wonderful thing. But I didn’t do it; I didn’t do it.
The Atlantic calls Sendak's words "unpleasant," and we agree, but only because it puts him in the same company as Ted Nugent.