It’s a Wonderful Candidacy? George Bailey Hints at 2016 Presidential Run

Bailey 2What was supposed to be a simple holiday party turned into something much more consequential when Bedford Falls businessman George Bailey hinted at throwing his hat into the ring for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination.

While Bailey has never held a public office, he has long run the Bailey Building and Loan Association, and has been a representative of sorts for the people of his hometown for decades.  Bailey gained national notoriety when he kept his family business from going under by putting up money earmarked for his honeymoon, and then convincing his customers not to call in their loans.  Bailey later stood up to Henry F. Potter, a local titan and Republican bigwig, who was basically trying to take over the town and turn it into some sort of Republican Resort Town.

Bailey is revered by the people of his upstate New York community, and political pundits Baileybelieve he would have no problem carrying his home state in the primary.  “People love a candidate who is just like them, who turned up his nose at big business, and would reach up into the sky and lasso the moon for you,” one Democratic Party leader told this Modern Philosopher.  “He’s a family man, his brother was a war hero, and he has proven that he knows how to steer a business through a rough economy.  Why not put him in charge of the entire country?”

I was unable to get a comment from Mr. Bailey, but I did get to speak to Clarence Odbody, who described himself as an adviser to the potential candidate.  “George is very excited about the idea of running for President and he has Mary and the children behind him.  I’ve always told George that he was destined for something wonderful like this.  He doesn’t have a huge bankroll, but he has many, many friends.  He would definitely succeed if he ran.  No man is a failure who has friends, you know.”

The Republican Party refused to comment officially for this piece, but one of my sources within the Party told me, “No one’s losing any sleep over a two bit business man from upstate New York with no political experience.  I bet people forget all about him once the Holidays are over.”

What do you think, Modern Philosophers?  What do you think of George Bailey?  Would you consider making him your next President?  Why not give someone who saved a town a chance to save the entire nation, right?  Something tells me this man has a guardian angel looking after him, and he shouldn’t be written off just yet.

That’s it for me for now.  For some reason, I’m really in the mood to watch a classic Christmas flick.  Any suggestions?


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Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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33 Responses to It’s a Wonderful Candidacy? George Bailey Hints at 2016 Presidential Run

  1. Combat Babe says:

    Garfield. I don’t remember the actual title. But Garfield wins out of them all, even the sappy black and white films. JMHO.

  2. pamtanzey says:

    I’d vote for him!! Awesome idea!

  3. momshieb says:

    Hee Haw!
    I’d vote for him in a heartbeat….!

  4. brianhmoll says:

    2 best Christmas movies I can think of: Lethal Weapon and Die Hard. Don’t believe me? Honestly, I can’t listen to Jingle Bell Rock (and it’s playing at every store I go into right now), without thinking about the opening scene of Lethal Weapon.

    And wouldn’t George Bailey be like 100 something years old? The movie will be 70 years old in 2016, Bailey had to be at least 34 (Jimmy Stewart was 34 when he played him). Do we want a President that old? He’d probably pick Palin as his running mate.

  5. reocochran says:

    I like “Love Actually” and for a whole different crazy take, “Home Alone.” Your presentation of a wonderful and kind man for President is a good one. He may age and change, unfortunately, it would be nicer to see him run for mayor of a small town in Maine, hmmm….

  6. soad88 says:

    hmm.. a middle aged white guy who gave his vacation money away to his customers…hmmm. why do you want to ruin him with politics? Before the election he’ll be your man but a few weeks later you’ll be hearing news about him be involved in a sex scandal.
    I loved that movie and I’ve always had a thing for Bailey so DON’T RUIN HIM FOR ME.

  7. I’m probably not answering the question you as you intended, but that’s just who I am. My Black Friday includes Sleepless in Seattle, which is so wonderful because it can run through to Valentine’s Day. It’s a double-holiday movie. Then, of course, there’s A Christmas Story, a suggestion with which everyone in my family would disagree. I just love that continual re-run marathon on tv. Love. It.

  8. I’d vote for George Bailley in a heartbeat for president or any other office. You’re mistaken, however, when you say Bailey has no political experience. Bailey, er that is, JImmy Stewart was an excellent politician in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”
    Forgive this long comment while I make a comparison between themes in the two movies:
    “Just remember this, Mr. Potter, that this rabble you’re talking about … they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath? Anyway my father didn’t think so. People were human beings to him, but to you, a warped, frustrated old man, they’re cattle. Well, in my book, he died a much richer man than you’ll ever be.” (It’s a Wonderful Life)
    “I wouldn’t give you two cents for all your fancy rules if behind them they didn’t have a little bit of ordinary everyday human kindness, and a little looking out for the other fella, too.” (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington)

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  10. If it weren’t for his mental instability, I’d vote for him. I have some concerns that if the going gets tough again, he’ll find himself on a bridge again…except Clarence won’t be there.

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