This week's poll was devoted to a fantasy election of sorts, where the candidates ranged from two billionaires, two leading men, one funny lady, and a couple who is now responsible for 1/3 of the global population. If you had to pick one of these candidates to rule the free world, who would it be?
The clear winner, with a whopping 42% of the votes, goes to Bill Gates. As quirky as he is philanthropic, my favorite little Prius driving egghead would almost definitely never run for a political office, but his landslide victory in this poll evidences one, unmistakable fact: we're all a little nervous about the economy.
Coming in second with half of Bill Gates' votes is comedian Ellen DeGeneres. This actually surprised me a bit, but maybe we're all just looking for someone who can make us smile and dance her way through diplomacy. It seems we've been spending decades laughing at our elected officals' expense, maybe it's time they intentionally provide the humor? The only downside to a President DeGeneres is her apparent sincerity. Such antics in a public servant may be too unsettling for the population at large.
George Clooney and Oprah Winfrey tied for third. The former's efforts to incite action in Darfur, coupled with what would be the first president to have a "First Lady of the Week" in rotation make him an intriguing candidate. Moreover, the Oprah effect would not only ensure that Fireside Chats would be revived as "Full Circle Moments", but that the cabinet would clearly consist of Gail, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, and the downfall of civilization as we know it.
Harrison Ford came in fourth with a single vote. A likeable guy whose heroics in rescuing a stranded, mountain hiker revealed both his helicopter skills, as well as further evidence that he isn't just playing Indiana Jones, he is Indiana Jones.
Finally, the nomadic tribe that knows no borders, Brangelina, garnered no votes and, therefore, restored my faith in blogkind.
NOW...let's see how this next one will go....this will mark the first of three times I run this poll, and we'll see how our results reflect the country at large.
***Oh, and the above picture is not some woodpile group of communists, it is the original Microsoft team. Forget Waldo, can you spot Bill?