"In a Democracy, the people get the government they deserve," wrote Alexis de Tocqueville. That may be a little fatalistic, but what would you expect from a Frenchman? A recent poll suggests that the government we wish deserve is Ronald Reagan. Second place went to Franklin Roosevelt.
The poll, conducted by 60 Minutes and Vanity Fair, asked which president Americans would like to see take over in the White House if little complications such as history and death were no obstacle. Reagan got thirty-six percent to Roosevelt's twenty-nine. On the opposite end of the spectrum was William Henry Harrison with just one percent. This was the one percent of clever people who thought that picking a president who lasted only one month in office before he died of pneumonia was an amusing gambit. There was a pretty steep drop off after first and second place, with Thomas Jefferson picking up third with fourteen percent.
Really? The man who wrote the Declaration of Independence came in third? Fourth place went to Harry Truman who gathered in just eight percent. Where did Abraham Lincoln show up? How about Teddy Roosevelt? John Kennedy? What dead guy or gal would you like to see running our country? Who would you choose to be our first zombie president? Does it have to be a former president? As long as this is a wish-based experience, why not pick Steve Jobs?