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One Thing All United States Presidents Have in Common . . . For Now

By Edited Nov 14, 2016 2 6

"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.

One Thing All United States Presidents Have in Common . . . for Now
U.S. Presidential Seal from Reagan Library

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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Jan 24, 2013 8:41pm
The US is clearly lagging behind. The list of elected female heads of state elsewhere includes Indira Gandhi (India), Margaret Thatcher (UK), Helen Clarke (NZ), Angela Merkel (Germany) and Golda Meir (Israel), to name some of the most prominent. (The first three were Prime Ministers as Elizabeth II is the titular head of state of Commonwealth countries.)
I wonder if the US would benefit from a female President. Maybe you could give it go! You could have my vote but being a Brit I wouldn't be eligible.
Nice piece.

Jan 25, 2013 8:52am
Me?? Ha! Now that's funny. Thanks for the comment.
Feb 18, 2013 12:14am
Canada briefly had a Female Prime Minister. Kim Campbell got the PM chair by winning the leadership of the soon to be decimated PC Party and lost her seat along with nearly every seat in the majority government. She represents Canada in LA now.

In most of the countries with female PMs I know of there is a parliamentary system. It may be easier to win the leadership of a popular party then a party nomination for Pres in the USA.

Once you are the leader you just need your party to get the most seats in the election (or in Campbell's case her predecessor did that already).

Canada has had (several?) deputy PMs already. Currently I believe over half the provincial leaders are women.

Until Obama all Presidents were white men. Obama is just half black, so maybe a half woman is the next step forward!
Feb 19, 2013 5:20pm
A "half woman"? Which half??
Feb 18, 2013 12:48pm
There will be a woman one day- it is just a matter of time and the right lady- the problem is that a man can have children and still keep up the day job whilst for a lady there is always a down time period unless you are super woman
Feb 19, 2013 5:23pm
That's probably what she'll have to be, a "super woman." Thanks for the comment.
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