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Sun Nov 30, 2014, 11:28 PM

Who would you pick for president?

This one's just for fun. Pick whoever you'd like for president. And I mean anyone. Living or dead, electable or not, fictional or real. Literally anyone.

But....

You have to make a case for why they'd be a good president.

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Prophet 451 Nov 2014 OP
daleanime Nov 2014 #1
Prophet 451 Nov 2014 #3
NuclearDem Nov 2014 #6
daleanime Nov 2014 #8
Skink Nov 2014 #11
Ken Burch Dec 2014 #50
Spitfire of ATJ Dec 2014 #25
daleanime Dec 2014 #60
TwilightGardener Nov 2014 #2
mimi85 Dec 2014 #31
CaliforniaPeggy Nov 2014 #4
NuclearDem Nov 2014 #5
Prophet 451 Nov 2014 #7
mimi85 Dec 2014 #32
ScreamingMeemie Nov 2014 #9
padfun Dec 2014 #24
marym625 Nov 2014 #10
applegrove Dec 2014 #30
marym625 Dec 2014 #38
dissentient Nov 2014 #12
lpbk2713 Nov 2014 #13
Prophet 451 Nov 2014 #16
trueblue2007 Nov 2014 #14
Dawson Leery Nov 2014 #15
Brigid Nov 2014 #17
LawDeeDah Nov 2014 #18
Prophet 451 Dec 2014 #19
LawDeeDah Dec 2014 #56
True Blue Door Dec 2014 #20
blackbart99 Dec 2014 #39
True Blue Door Dec 2014 #43
Grey Dec 2014 #21
NYC_SKP Dec 2014 #22
Kablooie Dec 2014 #23
LeftyMom Dec 2014 #42
Ken Burch Dec 2014 #51
Spitfire of ATJ Dec 2014 #26
olddots Dec 2014 #27
C Moon Dec 2014 #28
mimi85 Dec 2014 #34
ReRe Dec 2014 #53
PatrickforO Dec 2014 #29
JDPriestly Dec 2014 #37
daleanime Dec 2014 #55
PatrickforO Dec 2014 #33
mimi85 Dec 2014 #35
JDPriestly Dec 2014 #36
Man from Pickens Dec 2014 #40
Kennah Dec 2014 #41
gwheezie Dec 2014 #44
loyalsister Dec 2014 #46
LostInAnomie Dec 2014 #45
loyalsister Dec 2014 #47
dhill926 Dec 2014 #48
Ken Burch Dec 2014 #49
Skittles Dec 2014 #52
ReRe Dec 2014 #54
hrmjustin Dec 2014 #57
lovemydog Dec 2014 #58
Recursion Dec 2014 #59
Jim Lane Dec 2014 #61
CK_John Dec 2014 #62

Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sun Nov 30, 2014, 11:32 PM

1. Groucho Marx....

because he shoots elephants in his pajamas.

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Response to daleanime (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 30, 2014, 11:33 PM

3. What were those elephants doing in his pajamas?

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Response to Prophet 451 (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 30, 2014, 11:35 PM

6. Yeah, he wasn't a woman.

 

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Response to Prophet 451 (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 30, 2014, 11:37 PM

8. I'm not sure, but it was spotted in the airport...

with a suitcase full of Viagra.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 30, 2014, 11:41 PM

11. Hello I must be going

Harpo gets my vote.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 05:03 AM

50. I'll NEVER know.

 

I'd elect Groucho on one condition...Harpo as White House press secretary.

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Response to daleanime (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 01:46 AM

25. Great,...another Marxist.

 

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #25)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 09:16 AM

60. In more then one way....

and proudly so.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sun Nov 30, 2014, 11:33 PM

2. Just resurrect one of the good, dead ones. Give JFK another chance, he was cheated

out of a full term, for example.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 02:01 AM

31. That was back in the day before

people knew about his real "cheating" on Jackie. I wouldn't give a shit, but no way could he elected if people knew. I think Mark Twain would be a good president. Can't really say why though, he just popped into my mind for some unknown reason.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sun Nov 30, 2014, 11:34 PM

4. Bernie Sanders.

Because everything I've heard that man say makes me want to vote for him. I wish I could.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sun Nov 30, 2014, 11:35 PM

5. Well that's an awfully complex question to ans--THE HYPNOTOAD

 

ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD

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Response to NuclearDem (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 30, 2014, 11:36 PM

7. Thanks for the guffaw

I really did laugh out loud at that.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 02:02 AM

32. So did I!

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sun Nov 30, 2014, 11:39 PM

9. People Powered Howard

The good doctor, Howard Dean.

My case is going to be short because bed is calling:

Ex-governor. I am a big fan of governors over senators for President. Governors have had to actually head up a government, be responsible in and of themselves, unfortunately pander to businesses (there have to be jobs), etc.

Howard is socially liberal and fiscally conservative which I align myself with.

The man does not easily bow down to those who think they are in power. He's tough.

I have never felt as hopeful and as believing that someone was listening as I did when Howard Dean said,"My name is Howard Dean, I am from the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party." I have not felt as encouraged about our future since the day he dropped out of the race. I doubt I ever will again.

We the People truly were Howard Dean's special interest, and it would have been amazing to see where we went.

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Response to ScreamingMeemie (Reply #9)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 01:43 AM

24. I too, am a Howard Dean fan

and agree with what you say here.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sun Nov 30, 2014, 11:40 PM

10. Franklin Delano Roosevelt

However, because there's TV in every home now, he looks like George Clooney

Reasons should be pretty obvious.

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Response to marym625 (Reply #10)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 02:01 AM

30. FDR, JFK Both died in office. Too soon

in both cases. I would have liked to see what FDR could do in a fifth term. One where the USA was not in abject crisis.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #30)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 02:24 AM

38. If only

Wonder how different the world would be.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sun Nov 30, 2014, 11:44 PM

12. Emperor Trajan

 

He is considered one of the greatest leaders in world history.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sun Nov 30, 2014, 11:47 PM

13. George Clooney





He might not know a damn thing about running a country but he'd have a lot
of popular support. If he could manage to put together a capable cabinet he
might just be able to do some good.

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Response to lpbk2713 (Reply #13)

Sun Nov 30, 2014, 11:49 PM

16. Plus, y'know, gorgeous

Let's be honest, it never hurts.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sun Nov 30, 2014, 11:47 PM

14. i would pick MYSELF

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sun Nov 30, 2014, 11:49 PM

15. Russ Feingold.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sun Nov 30, 2014, 11:51 PM

17. Daryl Dixon.

One look at him brandishing his crossbow, and Bonehead and Turtle Man would be cowering in a corner.

"So about those jobs bills . . ."

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sun Nov 30, 2014, 11:56 PM

18. Olive Oyl

 

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Response to LawDeeDah (Reply #18)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 12:16 AM

19. Make the case

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Response to Prophet 451 (Reply #19)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 08:16 AM

56. Here:

 

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 12:22 AM

20. Elon Musk.

Because I'm a giant fucking nerd, and I want optimistic science fiction to come true.

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Response to True Blue Door (Reply #20)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 02:31 AM

39. YES YES YES True Blue

I'm with you on that one... Electric cars and stuff...you know...THE FUTURE and beyond.......

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Response to blackbart99 (Reply #39)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 03:27 AM

43. Although in all seriousness, the Presidency is not the best place to realize that dream.

Elon Musk is most useful when he can devote 100% of his time to technology, not listening to scumbags in Congress.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 12:22 AM

21. Wesley Clark

because I believe he knows where the bodies are buried.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 12:32 AM

22. Snooki. She would get the youth vote.

 

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 01:07 AM

23. Frank Underwood.

He'd be a great president because he's ruthless, out for only himself, and fictional.
The perfect president for today's America.

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #23)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 03:09 AM

42. At least the sex scandals would be interesting. nt

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Response to LeftyMom (Reply #42)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 05:07 AM

51. They'd have to have an extra 100,000 cops in D.C. to keep everyone safe from him.

 

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 01:48 AM

26. Ever notice Joe Biden never makes the list?

 

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 01:50 AM

27. Gore Vidal

 

Shirley Chisholm. ..............me and Henny Youngman. Thats 4 people sorry

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 01:51 AM

28. Benjamin Franklin

A brilliant and open minded person, who could put the right words together to make the selfish look selfish.

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Response to C Moon (Reply #28)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 02:04 AM

34. Yep, thought of him as well.

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Response to C Moon (Reply #28)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 06:20 AM

53. Ben would be good...

... could put the kibosh on privatizing the Post Office and underfunding/closing down our public libraries.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 02:00 AM

29. I'd pick Elizabeth Warren

She understands economics.

She wants to level the playing field so that people who are willing to work hard really CAN get ahead.

On the domestic front:
1. She wants to lower student loan interest rates, and expand Pell grants.
2. She wants to expand Social Security, possibly through removing the current payroll tax cap.
3. Supports abortion rights
4. Supports the dream act
5. Supports background checks and limits to magazine size for guns
6. Supports single payer healthcare
7. Supports medical marijuana (which would force pot off Schedule 1)
8. Wants to cut defense spending and reduce size of standing armed forces
9. She'd like to slap some real reforms on banks, investment houses and insurance companies, and actually understands what they do and what is wrong with current regulations.
10. She doesn't like predatory capitalism and supports consumers
11. Supports campaign reform
12. Supports raising tax rates for wealthy to raise revenue
13. Wants to act to mitigate climate change

On the foreign policy front:
1. Wants us OUT of Afghanistan
2. Supports two state solution for Israel/Palestine
3. Is worried about NSA 'overreach'

She's not perfect and doesn't, in my opinion, come out strongly enough for curtailing the NSA and dramatically cutting its budget. She also doesn't support recreational marijuana. She seems inexperienced in the relationship between terrorism and policies that support social and economic justice (an inverse relationship - as one rises, the other decreases). Still, if you take the 13 domestic points and the 3 foreign policy ones, its A DARNED GOOD START to ending the American Empire and getting us back to being an American Republic.

The last thing is this: I know this is for fun and I've been far too serious, but any good President ALSO needs a good House and a good Senate, as well as a Supreme Court that is actually impartial. Basically the whole government needs to get the idea that it exists at our sufferance and should be using OUR tax dollars for policies and programs that actually help US. A good government doesn't piss away our money on stupid wars.







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Response to PatrickforO (Reply #29)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 02:22 AM

37. My second choice after Eleanor Roosevelt, but Elizabeth Warren ties for second with Bernie

Sanders in my view.

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Response to PatrickforO (Reply #29)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 08:05 AM

55. Very high....

on a lot of people's wish list.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 02:04 AM

33. Of course, as a follow-up to my last post, Snooki might

actually be better than Warren, because heck, she mirrors the abject and horrifying ignorance of most Americans.

Snooki! Snooki! Snooki! Snooki!



What???

No, I'm not serious...NO! Put Snooki BACK on the shelf!

Right now!

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 02:08 AM

35. My ex son-in-law vote for this guy - for real.



Maybe that's one reason he's an ex.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 02:20 AM

36. Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 02:59 AM

40. Stubbs

 

alternate pick: Frank Zappa

reasons for each should be self-evident

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 03:02 AM

41. The late Senator Jay Billington Bulworth

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 03:28 AM

44. Shirley Chisholm

She would not have voted for the wars.

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Response to gwheezie (Reply #44)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 03:41 AM

46. Right on!!

Unbought and Unbossed. She was tough and no nonsense under conditions where it would have been hard to not be intimidated.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 03:35 AM

45. Stoya

For... reasons.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 04:01 AM

47. Ann Richards

Last edited Mon Dec 1, 2014, 04:32 AM - Edit history (1)

She had experience in the executive branch. And she was tough.

She grew up listening to Franklin Roosevelt on the radio. She really cared about people and her values were strongly rooted in standing up for real people with real problems.

Listen!! In this speech, she has taken names and wants to kick ass. She is a DEMOCRAT in the tradition of standing up for people whose voices are suppressed and knowing how hard people struggle. I would really love to hear a speech along these lines now. So much of what she said is perfectly tuned to today's political landscape.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 04:54 AM

48. Willie Nelson...

with Jimmy Buffett as VP. Tell me why this wouldn't a better country...

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 05:01 AM

49. of what?

 

president of the Justin Bieber Fan Club, I could live with anybody.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 05:21 AM

52. a certain guy in a support group where I work

he is never bothered by hysteria when there is a problem....."What have we got here?" and then he DEALS with it - love the guy

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 06:25 AM

54. Paul Wellstone

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 08:20 AM

57. Molly Ivins. n/t.

 

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 08:28 AM

58. Barack Obama

Smart, level-headed, fights the battles he can win and wins them, does his best to look out for the poor and middle-class, strong on environment, understands all sides of an issue, reluctant to put U.S. troops in harm's way, respected internationally nearly unanimously and domestically by those who understand the awfully difficult job of being President of the United States.

Second, Elizabeth Warren. Tells the bankers and one percenters to fuck off, in so many words. She would make a fantastic President if she gets elected. if she ran I would definitely vote for her.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 08:28 AM

59. George Washington (nt)

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 11:15 PM

61. LBJ

 

Given a second crack at it, he'd show that he'd learned from Vietnam.

Also, you let us pick anyone at all for President, but the magic wand didn't extend to Congress. A good President needs to be able to deal with the real people in Congress, and Johnson was a master at that.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 11:31 PM

62. Joe Biden will probably be the next POTUS because of retirement or impeachment.

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