I have heard of paper tigers, but a cardboard tiger?
This story reminds me of those cardboard cutouts
you used to find at movie rental places.
Back in the last-century:
The Atlantic reports that the Iranian military created three individual cardboard cut outs of Ayatollah Khomeini for the ceremony.
One giant cardboard cut out was carried from a sitting plane at Tehran Airport to mark the “return” of the Ayatollah to Iran after 14 years in exile. Two uniformed military men then carried the cardboard stand down the tarmac, allowing it to “inspect” a group of Iranian soldiers. The regiment of soldiers actually then salute the cardboard sign.
After the imaginary inspecting, a second cardboard cut out was then placed inside a car and driven away, presumably to retake its place as the leader of the Islamic Cardboard Republic of Iran.
All of this transpired while a third cardboard cut out of the Khomeini observed the proceedings from a distance.
Oh-kee. Three cardboard cutouts of the Ayatollah. Coming to a theater in 2012.
I say we do the same thing with our prior leaders.
Who is up for carrying around a cut-out of Ronald Reagan?