Re: Wait: I got it! The *ultimate* President!

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Thu Oct 28 2004 - 18:13:09 CDT

> On Wednesday 27 October 2004 01:40 pm, Jim March wrote:
> > Neal Stephenson!!!
> >
> > OK, so he's a writer. But he's a GOD among the "geek set",
> > he's a best-selling author and he knows crypto/security issues
> > from both a practical and political basis. Hell, he's a
> > former professional programmer and still codes for a hobby.
> >
> > Oh GOD yes.
> >
> > Jim
> Mm, no. Advisory board.
> As a celebrity President, we need a mass-market celebrity. Maybe
> we could get by with someone like Pierre Omidyar, a business
> billionaire celebrity. ....
Pierre? Let me think about it... forget it .. for now anyway ("they don't
do public policy").

> But look at the press Bono generates for
> poverty programs, or Natalie Portman and Angelina Jolie for
> AIDS, or what Princess Di did for land mine clearance.
Yes, Portman or Jolie. What millionaire would not want to go to their OVC
fundraiser and shower them with money?

On the other hand, I imagine that the bids on their time are quite many and

Again, it's fine to throw out suggestions, but there's a lot of work
following up on any of them. A few years ago, I worked on getting celebrity
endorsements for a letter I wrote:

I got nowhere despite quite a few hours of trying. I did get quite a few
credible people, but zero marquee names. The only real celebrity I got an
actual response from was Robert Redford (he actually read my letter and
agreed with it but had a policy of not signing on to such things that he was
not involved in at the outset). I did manage to get the name and phone
number of his assistant. If someone knows a way to get a list of celebs'
assistants, I want it. Obviously, news media people and agencies have such
lists -- probably they guard them carefully.

Alan D.
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