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The Surprise Party Mascot

July 25, 2009

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Gracie: Wait until you see the picture I had taken.
 

George: I’m not interested in any picture.  We’re here to do a broadcast.

Gracie: You know, the Democrats have a donkey and the Republicans have an elephant.

George: What have you got: squirrel?

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How to Become President by Gracie Allen

May 1, 2009

booklaurDuring Gracie’s 1940 Presidential campaign a book was written under her name as a sort of how-to about how to run a successful bid.  Well, success is relative in that she obviously did not make it to the White House, but did have a lot of fun shaking hands and kissing babies.

A chapter of this book will be posted her on the first of each month.  Be sure to check back for the fun and adventure of Gracie Allen’s keys to running a successful presidential campaign.

VOTE FOR GRACIE!


TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Chapter 1: GOVERNMENT JOBS PAY BIG MONEY

Chapter 2: OTHERS MAKE GOOD, WHY NOT YOU?

Chapter 3: WHY A WOMAN PRESIDENT?  WELL, WHY?

Chapter 4: HOW TO ATTRACT ATTENTION AND BE DRAFTED

Chapter 5: ISSUES AND HOW TO PICK THEM

Chapter 6: HOW NOT TO OFFEND ANYBODY

Chapter 7: BUYING A GOOD USED PLATFORM

Chapter 8: SECRETS OF UNSUCCESSFUL SPEECHMAKING

Chapter 9: HOW TO SHAKE HANDS AND MAKE IT STICK

Chapter 10: FIVE GOOD GAMES TO PLAY AT A CONVENTION

Chapter 11: WHERE TO SPEND ELECTION NIGHT

Chapter 12: TO THE VICTOR BELONGS THE SPOILED
(HINTS ON REMODELING THE WHITE HOUSE)

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Gracie for President 1940

April 2, 2009

4presGracie Allen, the female half of the runaway comedy team of Burns and Allen, announced one March evening over the radio her intention to compete for the presidency at the head of a new third party, the “Surprise Party.” Why the Surprise Party? As Gracie later explained, her mother was a Democrat, her father a Republican, and Gracie had been born a Surprise.

Gracie’s presidential bid had originally been conceived as a simple radio gimmick with the expectation of a short half-life. George Burns later recalled its moment of birth: “Gracie and I were at home in Beverly Hills with our children [when she] suddenly remarked, ‘I’m tired of knitting this sweater. I think I’ll run for president this year.'”

The idea wasn’t particularly new. Other radio personalities, notably Eddie Cantor and Will Rogers, had made slapstick runs in the direction of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Gracie’s unique campaign, however, acquired a unique momentum.

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