I came up with this after watching Perot's interview on Larry King Live here in L.A. I couldn't help but be amazed at the similarity between Mr. Perot and Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes. The story is mine, the characters Mr. Watterson's. An interview with presidential candidate Calvin with running mate Hobbes the tiger. Interviewer:"I'm sitting here with the latest entry into the presidential race, Calvin and his running mate Hobbes. This is the first time a grade schooler and a stuffed tiger have declared themselves eligible for the Oval Office. Gentlemen, er, um make that Mr. Calvin and uh, well... Got it! Fellow mammals, there is no denying your success in the world of comics. And unlike the other candidates you will not have to achieve name recognition. But what people want to know is will you be able to make the transition from the funnies to the Presidency?" Calvin:"Considering the last two presidents would have been more successful on the Sunday comics than in office, I don't see why not." Interviewer:"But what about you, Hobbes? Since you only exist in the mind of a grade schooler there's no way you can serve any useful function as VP, except as entertainment for the press. Don't you think that will hurt your election chances?" Calvin:"Look at Dan Quayle." Interviewer:"Good point. But the constitution requires candidates to be 35." Calvin:"I'm old enough as long as I have this!" (produces a small card and hands it to the interviewer) Interviewer:"But this is your father's driver licence with your picture pasted over his and his name crossed out and "Calvin" written in crayon!" Calvin:"Shhh, not so loud. I only have to show it once and after it's been through the wash a few times no one will be able to tell." Interviewer:"Well, best of luck. Let's move onto the issues. As I understand it if elected you will pay off the deficit by slashing the defense budget to nothing. What will you do if someone like Saddam Hussien decides to annex the U.S.?" Calvin:"No problem, Hobbes will eat 'em." Interviewer:"What?" Calvin:"Hobbes will eat 'em. Tigers are good for that. Show him Hobbes." Hobbes:"Grrrrr." Interviewer:"But he's just a stuffed tiger!" Hobbes:"Grrrooowwlll!" Calvin:"Boy, it's a good thing I fed him before we got here. He doesn't like to be called a stuffed tiger." Interviewer:"But, but, but... never mind. What about gun control?" Calvin:"Guns don't kill people, people don't kill people, bullets kill people! I figure if people want guns, that's fine. We just outlaw bullets." Interviewer:"Don't you think that criminals will be able to get bullets anyway? What about the police, will they have bullets?" Calvin:"The police won't need bullets because I'll tranmorgify them into dinosaurs. I'm partial to Tyrannosaurs Rexes but anything big will work." Interviewer:"Transmogrify?" Calvin:"Sure, with my transmogrifier over there." (Points to overturned cardboard box with TRANSMOGRIFIER written on it) Interviewer:"Amazing what they can do with corrugated cardboard and a crayon, isn't it?" Calvin:"Sure. I built it myself! You just turn the dial to what ever you want and crawl inside and it changes you. Right now it can only change you into a Tyrannosaurs Rex and a Tiger, but I left some room to write more things down." Interviewer:"But it's not big enough to hold a big dinosaur!" Calvin:"Well there are still a few bugs that I'm working on, like changing back to a human afterwards, but I figure after I become Grand Poobah of the Universe I'll be able to get as big a box as I need." Interviewer:"Grand Poobah of the Universe?" Calvin:"That's going to be my first action. President Calvin sounds so bland compared to Calvin, Grand Poobah of the Universe." Interviewer:"Let's talk about your election chances. Are you running as a Democrat, Republican or Independent?" Calvin:"All of them." Interviewer:"But, but, you can't do that!" Calvin:"There's nothing in the rules that says you can't run as all three, besides I figure I'll get more votes that way." Interviewer:"Can't argue with logic like that. But, realistically, what do you think your chances are entering this late in the race with no campaign manager, funds or even a coherent advertising strategy?" Calvin:"Pretty good considering I'll be running unopposed." Interviewer:"What about Bush, Clinton and Perot?" Calvin:"No problem, Hobbes will eat 'em." Hobbes:"Growl!" Interviewer:"What?! You just can't eat your opposition!" Calvin:"There's nothing in the rules that says, "No tigers eating opposing candidates." Just keep it under your hat because Hobbes will have an easier time if they don't expect him to pounce them. I figure it's not my fault that none of the other candidates choose tigers as VP. " Interviewer:"I can guarantee that you'll have a monopoly on tigers as running mates. What is your stand on education?" Calvin:"I hate it. We should outlaw it. Who needs to add anyway? That's what we have calculators for. I figure if you can't learn it by watching TV it isn't worth knowing." Interviewer:"What kind of country are we going to become if we have no education system.?" Calvin:"I didn't say we should all be ignorant. I'll just modify my transmogrifier to include genius and anyone who wants to be smarter can be." Interviewer:"What about yourself, don't you want to be smarter?" Calvin:"Anyone who comes up with a transmogrifier is smart enough for me." Interviewer:"Have you ever smoked a marijuana cigarette?" Calvin:"I don't even know what that is. Once I bought a pack of candy cigarettes and put one in my mouth in front of my mom. When she told me not to smoke I ate it. It was great!" Interviewer:"You don't know what marijuana is? How are you going to effectively enforce drug laws?" Calvin:"I don't think enforcement will be a problem if the entire police force consists of Tyrannosaurs Rexes!" Interviewer:"Sorry, I forgot about that. By the way what exactly is your platform?" Calvin:"A cookie jar in every kitchen and a transmogrifier in every garage." Interviewer:"Interesting. We're almost out time, so just one more question. What will you do if no one votes for you?" Calvin:"They'd better, or else." Interviewer:"Or else what? Wait don't tell me, let me guess. Hobbes will eat them, right? Calvin:(smiles) Hobbes:"Growf?" Calvin:"Don't worry Hobbes. If you can't eat that many people will transmogrify some people into tigers to give you a hand." Hobbes:"An eminently wise decision, my friend." Interviewer:"Well I guess that concludes this interview. Normally I would say these two jokers have a snowball's chance in hell of making it but something tells me they might just have something. If, come November, we are swearing in a Grand Poobah of the Universe and are wondering if the VP has fleas, just point me towards the nearest transmogrifier, I'm going to join the police force!"
(From the "Rest" of RHF)