In a strange, but entertaining twist that the late Steve Gerber would've loved, Stephen Colbert is running for President in the Marvel Universe. The fake rightwing demagogue from the Colbert Report (silent French T's on both words) apparently has a good rappor(t) with Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada who justifies a Colbert presidency thusly at Wired online:
Joe Quesada: Colbert is a true American hero. He's said so on TV, which means it must be true!
Certainly stranger things have happened both in comics and real world politics: In Alan Moore's and Dave Gibbons' legendary Watchmen, Richard Nixon was a 4-term President still presiding over the USA in 1985. And as recently as 2008 a completely unknown secessionist mayor of an Alaskan town of a mere 5,000 was elevated first to governor, then chosen as a Vice Presidential nominee for one of the two major parties. This at a time when the country had been bankrupted by her party, was engaged in two seperate wars with trouble brewing all over the globe, and her only foriegn policy experience is that on a clear day you can almost see Russia from remote Alaskan coastline.
Colbert for President, and that's the word!