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[[Image:Elmo-Presidents.jpg|thumb|300px|Elmo, the first monster President.]]
 
[[File:Rowlf_for_President_3_5_64_2.jpg|thumb|300px|Rowlf runs for president in 1964.]]
 
[[File:Rowlf_for_President_3_5_64_2.jpg|thumb|300px|Rowlf runs for president in 1964.]]
 
[[Image:BBforPres01.jpg|thumb|300px|Vote for Big Bird!]]
 
[[Image:BBforPres01.jpg|thumb|300px|Vote for Big Bird!]]
 
[[Image:Babypiggyprez.jpg|frame|Baby Piggy as Commander in Chief]]
 
[[Image:Babypiggyprez.jpg|frame|Baby Piggy as Commander in Chief]]
 
[[Image:Cookiepres.jpg|frame|Cookie Monster for President]]
 
[[Image:Cookiepres.jpg|frame|Cookie Monster for President]]
[[Image:Character.robotabe.jpg|thumb|300px|Robot Abraham Lincoln, from ''Muppets Tonight''.]]
 
 
[[Image:Suess_president.JPG|thumb|300px|Sue Snue imagines herself as President.]]
 
[[Image:Suess_president.JPG|thumb|300px|Sue Snue imagines herself as President.]]
 
[[Image:Motorcade.jpg|thumb|300px|Betty Lou imagines herself riding in the Presidential motorcade.]]
 
[[Image:Motorcade.jpg|thumb|300px|Betty Lou imagines herself riding in the Presidential motorcade.]]
 
[[Image:ChangeWorld-Prez.jpg|thumb|300px|"I'd make an awesome chief executive!"]]
 
[[Image:ChangeWorld-Prez.jpg|thumb|300px|"I'd make an awesome chief executive!"]]
 
[[Image:BiffSully-President.jpg|thumb|300px|Biff and Sully run for President.]]
 
[[Image:BiffSully-President.jpg|thumb|300px|Biff and Sully run for President.]]
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[[Image:Presidentfloyd.jpg|thumb|300px|A ''Muppet Show Fan Club Newsletter'' suggests Floyd Pepper for Prez]]
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The '''President of the United States''' is the chief executive of [[the United States of America]]. The office of President was established upon the ratification of the US Constitution in 1789, and the President serves as chief executive and head of the executive branch of the United States government. The President is also designated as the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, and has powers to sign bills into law, grant pardons or reprieves, and appoint officers, ambassadors, and judges, amongst other powers. [[White House|The White House]] is the official home and principal workplace of the President. To date, there have been forty-four Presidents of the United States; the current president, [[Barack Obama]], took office on January 20, 2009.
 
The '''President of the United States''' is the chief executive of [[the United States of America]]. The office of President was established upon the ratification of the US Constitution in 1789, and the President serves as chief executive and head of the executive branch of the United States government. The President is also designated as the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, and has powers to sign bills into law, grant pardons or reprieves, and appoint officers, ambassadors, and judges, amongst other powers. [[White House|The White House]] is the official home and principal workplace of the President. To date, there have been forty-four Presidents of the United States; the current president, [[Barack Obama]], took office on January 20, 2009.
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===Miss Piggy===
 
===Miss Piggy===
In contrast to the unprepossessing, modest Big Bird, Miss Piggy has been far more open about her ambitions. In [[1980]], she graced the cover of ''[[LIFE]]'' magazine, openly announcing her intentions. Buttons were also distributed. Not long thereafter, a running storyline in the [[The Muppets (comic strip)|Muppet comic strip]] covered her campaign in great detail; [[Scooter]] served as manager. Though that bid was less than successful, Miss Piggy remained dedicated. In [[1992]], she again made a bid, facing off against [[Gonzo]] in a televised debate on ''[[Good Morning America]]''. It's possible that these ambitions may have occurred to Piggy in her formative years. The ''[[Muppet Babies]]'' episode "[[Episode 108: What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?|What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?]]," in a fantasy song sequence, depicted [[Baby Piggy]] as President (introduced by [[Baby Rowlf]] in [[Uncle Sam]] garb).
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In contrast to the unprepossessing, modest Big Bird, Miss Piggy has been far more open about her ambitions. In [[1980]], she graced the cover of ''[[LIFE]]'' magazine, openly announcing her intentions. Buttons were also distributed. Not long thereafter, a running storyline in the [[The Muppets (comic strip)|Muppet comic strip]] covered her campaign in great detail; [[Scooter]] served as manager. Though that bid was less than successful, Miss Piggy remained dedicated. In [[1992]], she again made a bid, facing off against [[Gonzo]] in a televised debate on ''[[Good Morning America]]''. It's possible that these ambitions may have occurred to Piggy in her formative years. The ''[[Muppet Babies]]'' episode "[[Episode 108: What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?|What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?]]," in a fantasy song sequence, depicted [[Baby Piggy]] as President (introduced by [[Baby Rowlf]] in [[Uncle Sam]] garb). [[File:Miss_Piggy_for_President_Button.jpg|thumb|300px|Miss Piggy for President Button]]
   
 
===Other Aspirants===
 
===Other Aspirants===
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*In [[1999]], pundit Gregory Freeman urged Kermit to run in earnest: {{quote|An entire generation has grown up with Kermit the Frog. So why not run Kermit for president? With Miss Piggy by his side and [[Fozzie Bear|Fozzy Bear]] [sic] as his campaign manager, he can't lose. <ref>Freeman, Gregory. "We Need Character, Not a Bunch of Characters, in the Race for President." ''St. Louis Post-Dispatch''. October 10, 1999.</ref>}}
 
*In [[1999]], pundit Gregory Freeman urged Kermit to run in earnest: {{quote|An entire generation has grown up with Kermit the Frog. So why not run Kermit for president? With Miss Piggy by his side and [[Fozzie Bear|Fozzy Bear]] [sic] as his campaign manager, he can't lose. <ref>Freeman, Gregory. "We Need Character, Not a Bunch of Characters, in the Race for President." ''St. Louis Post-Dispatch''. October 10, 1999.</ref>}}
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*In 1981, [[The Muppet Show Fan Club]] Newsletter, [[:Image:Fanclub vol3num2pg2.jpg|Vol. 3, no. 2]], revealed that students from Frost Intermediary School in Fairfax, [[Virginia]] had campaigned to draft [[Floyd Pepper]] to run for President, since "he could easily handle the job as leader instead of bass." Touched by the support, the newsletter presents Floyd's political views on the draft (he prefers [[Muppets imbibing alcohol|bottled beer]]), education (he talks about his van), the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment, but Floyd things its Earned Riff Average for musicians), nasal spray, chewing gum, and foreign affairs: "I wouldn't mind bettering relations in this area but I prefer American chicks."
   
 
*At least one Muppet has apparently succeeded in reaching the office, however. A [[Whatnot]] appeared as [[The President|President]] in ''[[Muppets Tonight]]'' [[Episode_202:_Rick_Moranis|episode 202]], undergoing therapy with [[Meepzorp]] in the ''Independence Day'' spoof "Co-dependents Day: CD4."
 
*At least one Muppet has apparently succeeded in reaching the office, however. A [[Whatnot]] appeared as [[The President|President]] in ''[[Muppets Tonight]]'' [[Episode_202:_Rick_Moranis|episode 202]], undergoing therapy with [[Meepzorp]] in the ''Independence Day'' spoof "Co-dependents Day: CD4."
 
*[[Beauregard]] was also elected president of the [[rats]] in [[Episode 503: Joan Baez|episode 503]] of ''[[The Muppet Show]]''.
 
   
 
*The "shifty-eyed" variant of [[Sam the Eagle Action Figure]] Series 8 by [[Palisades Toys]] includes a book titled ''Strategies for the All-American Campaign: Sam the Eagle 2004.'' Inside the book is a draft campaign speech, a list of "Important people to mention in speeche (sic)" (including [[Wayne and Wanda]]), and a "Note to self: Remember to select a running mate." Furthermore, one of Sam's stickers reads "Sam the Eagle 2004" has the slogans "honesty, integrity, patriotism" along the circular border of the sticker.
 
*The "shifty-eyed" variant of [[Sam the Eagle Action Figure]] Series 8 by [[Palisades Toys]] includes a book titled ''Strategies for the All-American Campaign: Sam the Eagle 2004.'' Inside the book is a draft campaign speech, a list of "Important people to mention in speeche (sic)" (including [[Wayne and Wanda]]), and a "Note to self: Remember to select a running mate." Furthermore, one of Sam's stickers reads "Sam the Eagle 2004" has the slogans "honesty, integrity, patriotism" along the circular border of the sticker.
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*In the song "[[We Coulda]]," [[Biff]] states he and [[Sully]] could've ran for President of the United States had they not chosen to be construction workers. In his imagination, Biff is seen striking [[Richard Nixon|Richard Nixon's]] popular "V sign" pose.
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*[[Segi]], singing "[[Change the World]]," aspires to be President when she grows older.
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*[[Elmo]] imagines himself as the first monster and youngest President of the United States in the "[[Elmo the Musical]]" segment, "President the Musical." He is aided by his "[[The Sheep-ret Service|sheep-ret service]]" and [[The First Lady|his first, second and third ladies]] (caricatures of Michelle Obama, Nancy Reagan and Barbra Bush respectively).
   
 
*Meanwhile, in the realm of [[:Category:Creatures|Creatures]], the ''[[Dinosaur]]'' universe sports the [[Chief Elder]] as president analogue. In the second season episode "[[Episode 221: And the Winner Is...|And the Winner Is...]]," [[Earl Sinclair]] and [[B.P. Richfield]] enter a fierce political battle for office. Though Earl briefly leads, he ultimately sabotages his own campaign, for the good of the country, and voters instead elect political analyst [[Edward R. Hero]], who was not in fact a candidate.
 
*Meanwhile, in the realm of [[:Category:Creatures|Creatures]], the ''[[Dinosaur]]'' universe sports the [[Chief Elder]] as president analogue. In the second season episode "[[Episode 221: And the Winner Is...|And the Winner Is...]]," [[Earl Sinclair]] and [[B.P. Richfield]] enter a fierce political battle for office. Though Earl briefly leads, he ultimately sabotages his own campaign, for the good of the country, and voters instead elect political analyst [[Edward R. Hero]], who was not in fact a candidate.
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*[[Sue Snue]] imagines growing up to be President in ''[[The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss]]'' book ''[[Who Are You, Sue Snue? (book)|Who Are You, Sue Snue?]]''
 
*[[Sue Snue]] imagines growing up to be President in ''[[The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss]]'' book ''[[Who Are You, Sue Snue? (book)|Who Are You, Sue Snue?]]''
   
*[[Shirley (Sesame Street)|The little girl]] who sings "[[Change the World]]" aspires to be President when she grows older.
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*Honorable mention: [[Beauregard]] was elected president of the [[rats]] in [[Episode 503: Joan Baez|episode 503]] of ''[[The Muppet Show]]''.
   
*In the song "[[We Coulda]]," [[Biff]] states he and [[Sully]] could've ran for President of the United States had they not chosen to be construction workers. In his imagination, Biff is seen striking [[Richard Nixon|Richard Nixon's]] popular "V sign" pose.
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Character.robotabe.jpg|Robot Abraham Lincoln, from ''Muppets Tonight''.
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==List of Individual Presidents==
 
==List of Individual Presidents==
Of the forty-three people who have served as Presidents to date, 18 have either been depicted, referenced, or in some cases, personally interacted or collaborated in Muppet projects. These office-holders are listed below, with the dates of their terms. For a complete roster, see [[Wikipedia:List_of_Presidents_of_the_United_States|List of Presidents of the United States]]
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Of the forty-three people who have served as Presidents to date, 19 have either been depicted, referenced, or in some cases, personally interacted or collaborated in Muppet projects. These office-holders are listed below, with the dates of their terms. For a complete roster, see [[Wikipedia:List_of_Presidents_of_the_United_States|List of Presidents of the United States]]
   
 
*[[George Washington]] (1789–1797)
 
*[[George Washington]] (1789–1797)
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*[[Theodore Roosevelt]] (1901–1909)
 
*[[Theodore Roosevelt]] (1901–1909)
 
*[[Franklin Delano Roosevelt]] (1933–1945)
 
*[[Franklin Delano Roosevelt]] (1933–1945)
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*[[Dwight D. Eisenhower]] (1953-1961)
 
*[[John F. Kennedy]] (1961–1963)
 
*[[John F. Kennedy]] (1961–1963)
 
*[[Richard Nixon]] (1969-1974)
 
*[[Richard Nixon]] (1969-1974)
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The First Lady of the United States is the unofficial title of the hostess of the White House. The following First Ladies have worked with the Muppets.
 
The First Lady of the United States is the unofficial title of the hostess of the White House. The following First Ladies have worked with the Muppets.
   
*[[Pat Nixon]] (1969–1974)
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* [[Pat Nixon]] (1969–1974)
*[[Barbara Bush]] (1989–1993)
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* [[Betty Ford]] (1974-1977)
*[[Hillary Clinton]] (1993–2001)
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* [[Rosalynn Carter]] (1977-1981)
*[[Laura Bush]] (2001–2009)
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* [[Barbara Bush]] (1989–1993)
*[[Michelle Obama]] (2009–present)
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* [[Hillary Clinton]] (1993–2001)
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* [[Laura Bush]] (2001–2009)
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* [[Michelle Obama]] (2009–present)
   
 
==Presidential Candidates==
 
==Presidential Candidates==
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*The first ''[[Great Moments in Elvis History]]'' sketch on ''[[Muppets Tonight]]'' featured Jefferson and Washington, along with John Hancock.
 
*The first ''[[Great Moments in Elvis History]]'' sketch on ''[[Muppets Tonight]]'' featured Jefferson and Washington, along with John Hancock.
 
*The closing gag of ''Muppets Tonight'' [[Episode 103: Billy Crystal|episode 103]] showed Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan (played by uncredited impersonators) as members of [[Billy Crystal]]'s all-star band, detained by [[Bobo the Bear]]. Other members included Boris Yeltsin, [[Clint Eastwood]], and Queen Elizabeth of [[England]].
 
*The closing gag of ''Muppets Tonight'' [[Episode 103: Billy Crystal|episode 103]] showed Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan (played by uncredited impersonators) as members of [[Billy Crystal]]'s all-star band, detained by [[Bobo the Bear]]. Other members included Boris Yeltsin, [[Clint Eastwood]], and Queen Elizabeth of [[England]].
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*Animated portraits of George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson appear on President Elmo's office wall in the "President the Musical" segment of "Elmo the Musical."
   
 
==Connections==
 
==Connections==
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*[[Robert Beatty]] played Ronald Reagan in ''Breakthrough at Reykajavik'' (1987, TV)
 
*[[Robert Beatty]] played Ronald Reagan in ''Breakthrough at Reykajavik'' (1987, TV)
 
*[[Kenneth Branagh]] played Franklin Delano Roosevelt in ''Warm Springs'' (2005, TV movie)
 
*[[Kenneth Branagh]] played Franklin Delano Roosevelt in ''Warm Springs'' (2005, TV movie)
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*[[Billy Crystal]] voiced John Adams in ''Liberty's Kids'' (2002, TV Series)
 
*[[Henry Fonda]] played Abraham Lincoln in ''Young Mr. Lincoln'' (1939, film)
 
*[[Henry Fonda]] played Abraham Lincoln in ''Young Mr. Lincoln'' (1939, film)
 
*[[Michael Gambon]] played Lyndon B. Johnson in ''Path to War'' (2002, TV movie)
 
*[[Michael Gambon]] played Lyndon B. Johnson in ''Path to War'' (2002, TV movie)
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*[[Paul Giamatti]] played John Adams in ''John Adams'' (2008, TV mini-series)
 
*[[Pat Hingle]] played John Adams in ''Independence'' (1976, film)
 
*[[Pat Hingle]] played John Adams in ''Independence'' (1976, film)
 
*[[Tom Selleck]] played Dwight D. Eisenhower in ''Ike: Countdown to D-Day'' (2004, TV movie)
 
*[[Tom Selleck]] played Dwight D. Eisenhower in ''Ike: Countdown to D-Day'' (2004, TV movie)
 
*[[Martin Sheen]] played John F. Kennedy in ''Kennedy'' (1983, TV mini-series)
 
*[[Martin Sheen]] played John F. Kennedy in ''Kennedy'' (1983, TV mini-series)
*[[Robin Williams]] played Theodore Roosevelt in ''Night at the Museum'' (2006, film) and ''Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian'' (2009, film)
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*[[Ben Stiller]] voiced Thomas Jefferson in ''Liberty's Kids'' (2002, TV series)
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*[[Robin Williams]] played Theodore Roosevelt in ''Night at the Museum'' (2006, film), ''Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian'' (2009, film), and ''Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb'' (2014, film)
   
   
 
As fictional presidents:
 
As fictional presidents:
*[[Ed Asner]] played President Thomas D. Moss in ''Mars and Beyond'' (2000, film)
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*[[Edward Asner]] played President Thomas D. Moss in ''Mars and Beyond'' (2000, film)
 
*[[Robert Beatty]] played the President in ''[[Superman|Superman IV: Quest for Peace]]'' (1983, film)
 
*[[Robert Beatty]] played the President in ''[[Superman|Superman IV: Quest for Peace]]'' (1983, film)
 
*[[Dabney Coleman]] played President Richmond in ''My Date with the President's Daughter'' (1998, TV movie)
 
*[[Dabney Coleman]] played President Richmond in ''My Date with the President's Daughter'' (1998, TV movie)
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*[[Martin Landau]] played President Morose in ''By Dawn's Early Light'' (1990, film)
 
*[[Martin Landau]] played President Morose in ''By Dawn's Early Light'' (1990, film)
 
*[[William H. Macy]] played the President in an episode of ''The Unit'' (2007, TV)
 
*[[William H. Macy]] played the President in an episode of ''The Unit'' (2007, TV)
*[[Bob Newhart]] President Manfred Link in ''First Family'' (1980, film)
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*[[Bob Newhart]] played President Manfred Link in ''First Family'' (1980, film)
 
*[[Leslie Nielsen]] played President Harris in ''Scary Movie 3'' (2003, film) and ''Scary Movie 4'' (2005, film)
 
*[[Leslie Nielsen]] played President Harris in ''Scary Movie 3'' (2003, film) and ''Scary Movie 4'' (2005, film)
 
*[[Gregory Peck]] played the President in ''Amazing Grace and Chuck'' (1987, film)
 
*[[Gregory Peck]] played the President in ''Amazing Grace and Chuck'' (1987, film)
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*[[Jack Warden]] played President Roberts in ''[[Being There]]'' (1979, film)
 
*[[Jack Warden]] played President Roberts in ''[[Being There]]'' (1979, film)
 
*[[Fred Willard]] played President Garner in three episodes of ''[[Superman|Lois &amp; Clark: The New Adventures of Superman]]'' (1997, TV)
 
*[[Fred Willard]] played President Garner in three episodes of ''[[Superman|Lois &amp; Clark: The New Adventures of Superman]]'' (1997, TV)
*[[Robin Williams]] played President-elect Tom Dobbs ''Man of the Year'' (2006, film)
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*[[Robin Williams]] played President-elect Tom Dobbs in ''Man of the Year'' (2006, film)
   
 
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Elmo, the first monster President.

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Rowlf runs for president in 1964.

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Vote for Big Bird!

Babypiggyprez

Baby Piggy as Commander in Chief

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Cookie Monster for President

Suess president

Sue Snue imagines herself as President.

Motorcade

Betty Lou imagines herself riding in the Presidential motorcade.

ChangeWorld-Prez

"I'd make an awesome chief executive!"

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Biff and Sully run for President.

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A Muppet Show Fan Club Newsletter suggests Floyd Pepper for Prez

Piggy president

The President of the United States is the chief executive of the United States of America. The office of President was established upon the ratification of the US Constitution in 1789, and the President serves as chief executive and head of the executive branch of the United States government. The President is also designated as the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, and has powers to sign bills into law, grant pardons or reprieves, and appoint officers, ambassadors, and judges, amongst other powers. The White House is the official home and principal workplace of the President. To date, there have been forty-four Presidents of the United States; the current president, Barack Obama, took office on January 20, 2009.

Muppet CandidacyEdit

The post of President has been a highly sought one since its inception. Candidates, in addition to politicians, generals, businessmen, lawyers, and other real-world figures, have included several fictional personages. From Pogo to Winnie the Pooh, colorful icons have tossed their hats into the rings, and the Muppets are no exception. The most notable candidates have been Big Bird and Miss Piggy.

Big BirdEdit

Big Bird, average resident of Sesame Street, first ran for President in Episode 0797, and learned that being President is a big responsibility. The story was the kickoff for the show's Bicentennial celebration. Big Bird lost in that episode, despite having an elaborate campaign and even a presidential seal.

However, Big Bird's ambitions to become President were eventually fulfilled, albeit on a much smaller scale. In 1988, special elections were held for President of Sesame Place, with no age restrictions or pre-registration required. Big Bird was a leading candidate, with the slogan "Birds of a feather flock together." He faced stiff competition from Cookie Monster, Grover, Ernie, Bert, Prairie Dawn, and in an unprecedented attempt to launch a collective into office instead of an individual, the Honkers. Big Bird won, carrying 24% of the vote. Details of his administration and subsequent activities, and how much executive government a children's theme park would need anyway, remain undocumented. Back on the street, Big Bird later became an outspoken supporter of H. Ross Parrot.

Miss PiggyEdit

In contrast to the unprepossessing, modest Big Bird, Miss Piggy has been far more open about her ambitions. In 1980, she graced the cover of LIFE magazine, openly announcing her intentions. Buttons were also distributed. Not long thereafter, a running storyline in the Muppet comic strip covered her campaign in great detail; Scooter served as manager. Though that bid was less than successful, Miss Piggy remained dedicated. In 1992, she again made a bid, facing off against Gonzo in a televised debate on Good Morning America. It's possible that these ambitions may have occurred to Piggy in her formative years. The Muppet Babies episode "What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?," in a fantasy song sequence, depicted Baby Piggy as President (introduced by Baby Rowlf in Uncle Sam garb).
Miss Piggy for President Button

Miss Piggy for President Button

Other AspirantsEdit

The Bird and the Pig have not been alone in their politicking, however.

  • In 1999, pundit Gregory Freeman urged Kermit to run in earnest:
An entire generation has grown up with Kermit the Frog. So why not run Kermit for president? With Miss Piggy by his side and Fozzy Bear [sic] as his campaign manager, he can't lose. [2]
  • In 1981, The Muppet Show Fan Club Newsletter, Vol. 3, no. 2, revealed that students from Frost Intermediary School in Fairfax, Virginia had campaigned to draft Floyd Pepper to run for President, since "he could easily handle the job as leader instead of bass." Touched by the support, the newsletter presents Floyd's political views on the draft (he prefers bottled beer), education (he talks about his van), the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment, but Floyd things its Earned Riff Average for musicians), nasal spray, chewing gum, and foreign affairs: "I wouldn't mind bettering relations in this area but I prefer American chicks."
  • The "shifty-eyed" variant of Sam the Eagle Action Figure Series 8 by Palisades Toys includes a book titled Strategies for the All-American Campaign: Sam the Eagle 2004. Inside the book is a draft campaign speech, a list of "Important people to mention in speeche (sic)" (including Wayne and Wanda), and a "Note to self: Remember to select a running mate." Furthermore, one of Sam's stickers reads "Sam the Eagle 2004" has the slogans "honesty, integrity, patriotism" along the circular border of the sticker.
  • In the song "We Coulda," Biff states he and Sully could've ran for President of the United States had they not chosen to be construction workers. In his imagination, Biff is seen striking Richard Nixon's popular "V sign" pose.

List of Individual PresidentsEdit

Of the forty-three people who have served as Presidents to date, 19 have either been depicted, referenced, or in some cases, personally interacted or collaborated in Muppet projects. These office-holders are listed below, with the dates of their terms. For a complete roster, see List of Presidents of the United States

First LadiesEdit

The First Lady of the United States is the unofficial title of the hostess of the White House. The following First Ladies have worked with the Muppets.

Presidential CandidatesEdit

Several politicians who have announced their candidacies for president have also appeared with or been referenced by Muppets.

Group AppearancesEdit

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore, from The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence.

  • Mount Rushmore, featuring the likenesses of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt, has been featured in multiple productions
  • In I Love Liberty, in addition to Fozzie Bear as John Adams and Kermit the Frog as Thomas Jefferson, Miss Piggy appeared dressed as first Washington and then Lincoln.
  • The first Great Moments in Elvis History sketch on Muppets Tonight featured Jefferson and Washington, along with John Hancock.
  • The closing gag of Muppets Tonight episode 103 showed Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan (played by uncredited impersonators) as members of Billy Crystal's all-star band, detained by Bobo the Bear. Other members included Boris Yeltsin, Clint Eastwood, and Queen Elizabeth of England.
  • Animated portraits of George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson appear on President Elmo's office wall in the "President the Musical" segment of "Elmo the Musical."

ConnectionsEdit

The figure of President of the United States, whether a portrayal of a historical president or a wholly fictional creation, has been prominently featured in countless film and television productions over the decades. Several Presidential portrayers have also worked in Muppet/Henson productions.

As real presidents:

  • F. Murray Abraham played Abraham Lincoln in Dream Quest (1986, film)
  • Simon Russell Beale played John Adams in John and Abigail Adams, The American Experience (2000, TV)
  • Robert Beatty played Ronald Reagan in Breakthrough at Reykajavik (1987, TV)
  • Kenneth Branagh played Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Warm Springs (2005, TV movie)
  • Billy Crystal voiced John Adams in Liberty's Kids (2002, TV Series)
  • Henry Fonda played Abraham Lincoln in Young Mr. Lincoln (1939, film)
  • Michael Gambon played Lyndon B. Johnson in Path to War (2002, TV movie)
  • Paul Giamatti played John Adams in John Adams (2008, TV mini-series)
  • Pat Hingle played John Adams in Independence (1976, film)
  • Tom Selleck played Dwight D. Eisenhower in Ike: Countdown to D-Day (2004, TV movie)
  • Martin Sheen played John F. Kennedy in Kennedy (1983, TV mini-series)
  • Ben Stiller voiced Thomas Jefferson in Liberty's Kids (2002, TV series)
  • Robin Williams played Theodore Roosevelt in Night at the Museum (2006, film), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009, film), and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014, film)


As fictional presidents:

Wikipedia has an article related to:

SourcesEdit

  1. Wald, Matthew. The New York Times. December 7, 1980.
  2. Freeman, Gregory. "We Need Character, Not a Bunch of Characters, in the Race for President." St. Louis Post-Dispatch. October 10, 1999.

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