Richard Nixon

July 2, 2012

Richard Nixon is by far my favorite President of the United States of America.

Not because of all of the lies and cover-up, or all the scandals.

And not because of all the things about not being a crook.

I love Richard M. Nixon because of Futurama.

Now, it’s no real secret that I am a huge fan of Futurama. I have been for the better part of a decade now, ever since I first saw an episode of the show. I didn’t really understand what it was that drew me to it at first. I didn’t know the story line, the characters or the vast amount of quotes and trivia that I know now.

But the humor drew me in.

And the more I watched, the more I simply loved it.

Zoidberg was always one of my favorites. His simple hopelessness makes him one of the best sad-sacks the 31st century has ever seen.

But one of the sleepers on the show is Richard Nixon.

Of course, until he finds a shiny new robot body, he is simply a head in a jar.

But, what celebrity isn’t, aside from the crew of the Starship Enterprise in the episode about the Star Trek Wars (definitely not to be confused with the Star Wars Trek, mind you)?

So, Nixon’s fat head resides in a jar, usually carried around the headless body of Spiro Agnew. He has the same attitude and the same mannerisms.

The voice is a bit different, as I am sure you know.

Honestly, it’s so over the top that I can’t help but think of it every time someone talks about Nixon.

With that deep, gruff voice, the constant shaking and the unmistakable “ha-ROO!” he utters in every episode, what’s not to love?

Seriously. Someone make me a list of what is not to love about it.

And his singing voice? Impeccable.

Unfortunately, we only get to hear it once, when Nixon takes advantage of the new arms on his shiny new robot body that he picked up at the pawn shop by playing an old Gibson hollow body that he picked up in presumably the same pawn shop.

He whips out his rendition of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit.”

Now, it’s only the last line, but he does end it with some signature Nixon flair.

After belting the last line, Nixon strums the guitar once more and heartily declares: “I’m meeting you halfway, you stupid hippies!”

And therein lies the signature humor that dragged me into Futurama and turned my feelings around about Nixon.

Of course, in the real world, Nixon was a rather unpleasant man, one I am privileged to not have known, but like everything else, he inspired something that was much better than himself.

But you know, when you take the head of one of the most notorious presidents ever and inject it into the year 3000, how can gold not come of it?

ghjr

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This is not included in the 500 word limit.

Thanks to Sam Jones for that string of ridiculous political posts that I had to turn on their ear.

Also, if you realized this one is late, that’s my fault.

Apparently, I scheduled it for the year 2013, not 2012.

So sue me.

Truly ghjr

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