The office of president was established by the ratification of the Constitution of the United States of America in 1787. Prior to the ratification of the Constitution, under the Articles of Confederation the executive was known as the President of the United States in Congress Assembled, and over a dozen men served had served in that office. Under the Constitution, the president served a four-year term, chosen by a general election. George Washington was the first person elected to the office of President under the Constitution. (ENT novel: The Good That Men Do)
In the early 20th century, giant likenesses of four of the most admired presidents were carved out of the granite in Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. A fifth likeness, that of Sarah Susan Eckert, was added sometime prior to 2287. (TOS novelization: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)
By the early 23rd century, the office of President of the United States had become a largely ceremonial role, rather than a position with actual political power. Ambassador Sarek once gave a speech on computer systems to a number of dignitaries, including the president. (TOS novel: Spock's World)
In 2375, following the Breen attack on San Francisco, the president joined Federation President Min Zife and the Prime Minister of United Earth in touring the city. (ST short story: "Eleven Hours Out")
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|George Washington (1st) • Thomas Jefferson (3rd) • Abraham Lincoln (16th) • Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd) • Harry S. Truman (33rd) • Dwight D. Eisenhower (34th) • John F. Kennedy (35th) • Richard Nixon (37th) • Bill Clinton (42nd) • George W. Bush (43rd) • Anton York (45th) • Sarah Susan Eckert • unnamed 23rd century President • unnamed 24th century President|
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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. 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 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 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.
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).
The Bird and the Pig have not been alone in their politicking, however.
Of the 44 Presidents to date, 15 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
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.
Several politicians who have announced their candidacies for president have also appeared with or been referenced by Muppets.
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:
As fictional presidents:
The President of the United States is a character in Grand Theft Auto 1 and is the head of the Babylon. He is killed by the protagonist on Brotherhood of Jah Army of Love's leader Brother Marcus' orders to destroy the Babylon.
The President of the United States is a character in several Transformers stories.
Optimus Prime met with the President on the lawn of the White House to ask for peace, sort out an understanding, and perhaps form an alliance. Their handshake was cut short by an attack from the Insecticons, who attempted to sabotage the union by claiming to be Autobots. The Autobots forced the Insecticons into retreat but left immediately themselves, deciding that the President wouldn't believe they were framed. To the contrary, the President did give the Autobots the benefit of the doubt -- until, that is, they left without an explanation.
(Note: The President of the United States refers to Optimus Prime as a "lorry," which is what they call trucks in England, but not in America. None of the kids who read Marvel UK comics probably noticed, in writer Simon Furman's defense.)
(Another note: This story, from the 1985 UK Annual, is generally held to not be canon to the main comics, including as it does several contradictions to later (and former) events in the stories (most notably the Insecticons' origins).)
The President flew to the Pentagon, where he was greeted by Defense Minister Dawson. Dawson briefed him on the Decepticon assault on San Francisco, and suggested an air strike. But before a military solution could be devised, Dawson was informed that a nuclear launch had been authorized (by General Robert Hallo, unbeknownst to either man). The President tried to abort the launch, to no avail. During this crisis, he displayed a level of concern that could only be adequately portrayed by Pat Lee's unique command of facial expressions.
The Vice-President is the President's attack dog. He goes to pick up Allister Greaves in person after his spy in the Executive office is revealed.
Greaves isn't much impressed by the Vice-President, he has too many skeletons in his closet. Greaves threatens to release documentation of the Vice-President's tryst with a minor girl in Topeka to the media. The Vice-President dis-involves himself from further direct contact with Greaves.
John is the Secretary of State. He is one of the President's confidantes in his plan to kidnap General Michelle Grajkowski and frame her for the attack on the Autobots.
Bill is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He, along with John, are the President's confidantes in his plan to frame General Michelle Grajkowski.
Elisa is the President of the United State's secretary. She speaks several languages, and always answers the phone with a different accent. A member of the Followers, she sectetly gives Edmund Greaves information about goings-on in the Executive Office.
When Greaves requested information about the Keepers, Elisa promised to send him a synopsis of the upcoming cabinet meeting about them, and then requested Greaves try to remove the Followers agents from Las Vegas, which she felt had become too dangerous. He agreed to try.
The President became aware of Elisa's 'second job,' and when she called Greaves to warn him that the attack on Las Vegas had been pushed up, she was killed. A CIA agent informed Greaves the President very much wanted to speak with him, and a car was being sent.
Elisa's death shook Greaves badly, and was one of his prime motivations to go public with the Followers.
Elisa is probably the source of at least some of the blackmail material Greaves has on the President and the Vice President.
Susan replaced Elisa as the President of the United State's secretary. An unattractive woman with a tough-as-nails attitude, she takes her job as the President's gatekeeper very seriously, once refusing to let the Secretary of State through because he hadn't phoned ahead for an appointment.
Susan may be based on the character Deborah Fiderer from the TV show The West Wing.
The President knew about the Transformers during Colonel Franklin's investigation of them. Shortly before the landslide at Boulder, Colorado, Six-Speed was pulled over by the police, he used a hologram of the President to disguise his lack of a driver. Naturally, seeing the leader of the free world at the wheel of a tiny green race car totally freaked the cops out, and the Mini-Con was able to drive off in the confusion.
Much later, the President officially named Franklin as Earth's ambassador to Cybertron.
The President seems almost insignificant during the Decepticon invasion, with Secretary of Defense John Keller pretty much running the show. Mostly, he wears red socks, has a penchant for Ding Dongs and speaks with a cheesy southwestern accent and stereotypical dialect ("Can you wrangle me up some Ding Dongs, darlin'?"). He also seems unconcerned with tiny, crazy robots hacking into the computers of his ride—that is, until he's thrown in a bunker somewhere after the resulting emergency landing. He ordered Sector 7 to be terminated and the remains of the dead Decepticons disposed of into the Laurentian Abyss.M! — He may be based off George W. Bush, or may in fact be the President himself, as his face is never shown, and the voice sounds similar, which is ironic as Bush focused on battling terrorists during both terms.
Following Decepticon occupation, the President is dead and John Keller nowhere to be found; the hawkish Vice President, Theodore F. Allen, became the new President following the liberation of America. Allen distrusts both Autobot and Decepticon, viewing them both as hostile alien invaders using Earth as a battleground for their war, so it would probably piss him off considerably to know Starscream's Insecticons have planted a mind-controlling cerebro-strip in his head.
While perhaps even more insignificant than in the previous invasion, it is notable that the President at this time is Barack Obama, rather than a parody of The President. He is reported by name as being moved to a bunker, and can be seen in flashes speaking to the public at The Fallen speaks on the hacked television broadcast. He has no direct physical appearance, but is noted for sending National Security Advisor Galloway who questioning the need for the Autobots, as well as giving him authority to supposedly temporarily shut down NEST after The Fallen's broadcast.