Look, it’s really not that hard. If you want to be President of the United States you really only have to do two—count ‘em—two things.
1) You have to square with Abraham Lincoln – The general consensus is that Abraham Lincoln was the greatest American President in the history of ever. So you have to make yourself seem “Lincoln-esque.” For example, President Obama started his 2008 campaign in Springfield Illinois (Lincoln’s hometown) and used the same Bible as Lincoln when sworn in as President. On the flip side, Republicans will frequently bring up the fact that it’s “The Party of Lincoln” or that Lincoln was the first Republican President. Furthermore, during the 1980 RNC Convention, the then-nominee Ronald Reagan did a particularly artful job referencing Lincoln.
But most importantly…
2) You have to be a Cowboy – After President Teddy Roosevelt and Western movies, the image of the cowboy has become SO engrained into American Culture that you CAN’T become President without first being a cowboy. In the beginning, all that was required was that you acted like a cowboy: the original ranger (Teddy Roosevelt), the retired war general (Eisenhower), the charmer (Kennedy), and the tough guy (Nixon). But after Western movies became popular, the image of the cowboy became just as important. And Ronald Reagan, a former actor in Western movies, only solidified this image.
Here are just a few examples…
So, a little advice to Mitt Romney: If you wanna be President, you gotta be a cowboy.
SO PUT A COWBOY HAT ON!!