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For President: Pat Paulsen (video)

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A video tribute to the satirical presidential candidate and comedian.

With deadpan delivery, comedian Pat Paulsen satirized the process of campaigning for President of the United States of America by running for the office himself. Carrying on in the tradition of American humorists like Mark Twain and Will Rogers, he lampooned the false modesty of politicians and threw verbal darts at targets ripe for parody. With the support of “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” he launched his first campaign in 1968.

“I promise you all, my fellow Americans, that I will continue to make promises that I will be unable to fulfill,” he told his supporters. He became a perennial candidate throughout the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, paving the way for latter-day political satirists like Stephen Colbert.

Neither right-wing nor left-wing, these days we could use a middle-of-the-bird candidate like Pat Paulsen.