The message of this cartoon that the artist is trying to convey to the audience is that Kennedy was a president who showed great compassion for those in the United States who were less fortunate than he and the rest of the upper class. This message is important to the time period because this cartoon was published during the 2012 Presidential Campaigns between Obama and Romney, where the middle class and the poor were a major issue. Kennedy was a well liked President by many and characterized in this cartoon as a bit out of proportion, however, not made to look incompetent like Mitt Romney on the far right. The way that Kennedy is drawn isn't necessarily flattering, but it's not in any way a stab at his political expertise and ideas. Symbolism isn't extremely evident in this cartoon, but each politician is portrayed as having a large head insinuating large egos and pride which is important in displaying the attitudes of the people within the cartoon because it creates stark contrast between two previous Democratic Presidents and a current Republican candidate. This cartoon appeals mostly to liberal voters. Because this cartoon is more of an attack on Mitt Romney, the Obama voters would have to agree with this cartoon based on beliefs on "sharing the wealth," food stamps, and entitlements provided by the government all across the board, but it also can be enjoyed by an earlier generation who respected Kennedy for his legislative decisions and welcome the comparsion between "then and now" for the presidency.