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Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2004 13:31:46 EDT
Britons Want Homer Simpson as U.S. President
Oct 25, 2004
LONDON (Reuters) - Doughnut-chomping, beer-guzzling Homer Simpson may not be
the model father but he has won the hearts of British TV fans who want the
nuclear power plant worker to be the next U.S. president.
Former president George Bush notoriously said American families should be
"closer to the Waltons than the Simpsons" but Homer was overwhelming favorite in
a Radio Times magazine poll on which U.S. TV character should take over at
the White House.
As Americans ponder tax and security pledges from President Bush and
Democratic rival John Kerry ahead of the November 2 poll, television fans have been
considering Homer slogans such as "No big government, just big waist sizes."
In a manifesto compiled for the magazine by The Simpsons' writing staff, the
bumbling animated TV hero also pledges: "I promise there will be fewer
nuclear disasters with me as your mayor than with me as your nuclear safety
Homer got 24 percent of the vote in the poll of more than 2,000 readers.
Second place went to the more obvious choice of Josiah Bartlet, the president
played by Martin Sheen in "The West Wing."
Pompous but eloquent radio psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane was third followed
by Sergeant Bilko from "The Phil Silvers Show." Gil Grissom from "CSI: Crime
Scene Investigation" was fifth with 10 percent of the vote. Other favorites
were Jack Bauer from "24," "The Cosby Show's" Dr. Cliff Huxtable, Phoebe
Buffay from "Friends" and "The Sporanos'" Tony Soprano.