Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 24, 2004
Utility industry executive who became the dark horse Republican candidate for President in 1940, finishing respectably against Franklin Roosevelt. During World War II, he became a sort of roving ambassador for Roosevelt, and was viewed as having given a highly credible performance in that role.
A portrait of Willkie can be seen next to Roosevelt as the Mt. Rushmore figures of choice for Republicans and Democrats in Aviation Vacation (Avery, 1941). The Gremlin loudly indicates to Bugs Bunny that he is not Willkie in Falling Hare (Clampett, 1943).