- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Deval Patrick criticized a Boston Herald editorial cartoon meant to satirize the Secret Service after an intruder made it deep into the White House.

The cartoon shows a man taking a bath watching President Obama brush his teeth. The man says “Have you tried the new watermelon flavored toothpaste?” The caption reads: “White House invader got farther than originally thought.”

Patrick, the state’s first black governor, called the editorial “offensive” and “stupid.”

“I hope there comes a day we can expect a different kind of sensitivity than we saw in this cartoon,” Patrick told reporters Wednesday. “I want to believe that the cartoonist’s explanation was as innocent and that the apology from the editors was genuine.”

Both the Herald and the cartoonist, Jerry Holbert, have apologized.

“I want to apologize to anyone I offended who was hurt by the cartoon,” Holbert said according to the Herald. “It was certainly, absolutely, not my intention.”

Holbert said he got the idea after finding “kids Colgate watermelon flavor” toothpaste in his home bathroom. He says he was “completely naive or innocent to any racial connotations.”

The Herald also has acknowledge that the cartoon “has offended some people and to them we apologize.”

“His choice of imagery was absolutely not meant to be hurtful,” the paper added. “We stand by Jerry, who is a veteran cartoonist with the utmost integrity.”

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