Mad #404 (Nick Meglin and John Ficarra) - Wrong President Issue - April 2001

Frank Jacobs tells the whole story ("The Ballot Hymn of the Republic") of the November 7, 2000 election that was not decided until the Supreme Court stopped the Florida state recount on December 12.  When an actual but unofficial recount was completed by journalists, results show that Al Gore won and his presidency was stolen by the Bush cabal that included five Supreme Court judges making the worst judicial decision in the history of the USA.  Gore also won the popular vote by 543,895 votes of individual citizens.  It was not even close.  Sergio Aragones ("A Mad Look at the Presidency"), John Ficarra ("A Mad Look Back at ... The Bush Family Circus") and Al Jaffee ("Mad Fold-In") also had comments on the recent election.  Our country suffered from this decision for eight years.  However, our pain did not compare to that of millions of innocent Iraqis.

This second issue of "Advertising Mad" sold only three full pages to outside money (Smuggler's Run, Farscape and Corn Nuts).  Mad editors made up for this loss of advertising by reducing total from 60 to 52.  Therefore, Mad readers experienced a net loss of three pages of content.

Color Pages - 28 of 52 (54%)
Humorous Content - 49 of 52 (94%)


Hanks A Lot - Passed Away
From Chad to Verse - The Ballot Hymn of the Republic
Angster's Paradise - Monroe & ... The Special Delivery, Part II
The Boys of Bummer - Clear-Cut Clues Your Team's Not Going to Win the Pennant
Serge-In General - A Mad Look at the Presidency
An Embarrassment of Richard's - Lose Weight Through Hypnosis!
Joke And Dagger - Spy vs. Spy
Roamin' Numerals - Fuzzy Math Is
In the Eye of the Dorm - Mad's College Roommate Timeline
Generations Ecch - The Bush Family Circus
Smells Like Mean Spirits - Know Your Ghosts
Pray As You Go - Daily Affirmations of the Rich and Famous
Berg's-Eye View - The Lighter Side
Powder to the People - Mad Presents Some Overlooked Situations Where It Pays to Have a Good Talc  [fake department]
Slipped Discs - The Worst-Selling Box Sets of All Time
Grieving Las Vegas - Mad's Celebrity Cause-of-Death Betting Odds  [Tiger Woods]

Fold-In - Ballot