"In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is" - Yogi Berra
Presidential candidates are fond of pointing out the differences between their opponents and themselves. If a candidate is conservative he touts his record of fiscal responsibility while highlighting the reckless spending of his liberal opponent. On the other hand, a liberal candidate will harp on the theory that his opponent cares only for the wealthy while he cares for all.
Differences are important, after all, it is because of the differences that a candidate wins or loses a presidential election. That being said, no matter how different a presidential candidate claims to be, the truth is every United States president has at least one thing in common . . . for now.
It's Raining Men
The one thing each and every United States president has in common is that they are all men. This political chapter of the "all boys club" has yet to invite a female to join. Although Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came close in 2008, men still rule this prestigious position.
While men have been victorious at gaining the presidency, women have been trying since 1872 when the first woman, Victoria Woodhull, ran as the Equal Rights Party candidate. Since then, many women have attempted to occupy the position of the most powerful person in the United States. In 2012 comedian and former television sitcom star Roseanne Barr threw her hat into the ring as the presidential candidate for the Peace and Freedom Party. Barr lost the election coming in sixth place, behind fellow female candidate Jill Stein of the Green party.
"Men are all alike . . . except the one you've met who's different" - Mae West
Try as they will, women have yet to capture the trust and confidence of the American people. It is the men who have convinced the public that they continue to be "The best 'man' for the job." Republican or Democrat, conservative or progressive, although the values and views of U.S. Presidents have been different, their physical make-up has always been the same.
Mae West, American actress, playwright, screenwriter and "sex kitten" once said; "Men are all alike . . . except the one you've met who's different." That statement can be transformed to "Presidents are all alike . . . except the one you voted for who's different."
Being male is the one thing all United States Presidents have in common . . . for now. That statistic will eventually change when a female is elected to Office. However, the following presidential characteristics are some that will probably stay the same, unless changes are made to the U.S. Constitution:
- Natural born citizens of the United States
- Over 35 years old
- Lived in the US for 14 years or more
- Taken the oath of Office vowing to support the US Constitution
President Andrew Johnson famously said; "Washington, DC is 12 square miles bordered by reality." For now, that reality is that all U.S. Presidents have been men.
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