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savafan
08-15-2005, 11:07 AM
http://www.walken2008.com/index.html

For Immediate Release

New York - Early today, actor Christopher Walken, 62, held a private conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York in which he announced his intentions to run for the Presidency of the United States in the 2008 Election.

Said the Queens native, “I have always been a follower of politics. My father was friends with the mayor of Schodack (NY) back in the 1940’s. We would walk the streets of Schodack and the people, they would wave to him. The children adored him. That is what I love to be, a man of respect and love.”

From a statement by Walken's agent, Toni Howard: “Mr. Walken has greatly admired the celebrities who have entered politics and he wants to be able to give a good name and reputation to the acting community as well as the political community. As for going national with this news we have not made any plans for the immediate future."

Because Mr. Walken is currently contracted for more than one film production, the Walken campaign manager Michael Hansee admitted that there would be relatively minimal publicity at this early stage. "[Mr. Walken] has a full plate right now, acting in a number of different films, and can't start any personal campaign work until these obligations are fulfilled," he commented. "We're looking to spread the word and build a little support base with our website, in preparation for a full campaign in early 2007."

The campaign website is patriotic-themed, with the tag-line "To Get America Back on Track." Hansee stated that the campaign is hoping to drum up early support through their online presence, much like Howard Dean did in the 2004 race.

savafan
08-15-2005, 11:10 AM
IIRC:

These are the issues that need solutions now, and Christopher Walken is not afraid to address them. He wants his supporters and opponents to know that he is clear in his ideals and will fight to lead America to a better place.

Campaign Finance Reform:
"I believe that campaign finance is a very tough issue, with good points on both sides; but I feel, as a wealthy American, that I should have no more say than even the least fortunate American citizen. Free speech in politics is about the voices of all those who support you, not who supports you with the biggest voice."

Military Funding:
"I am a huge supporter of the military. I have always thought of them as our guardians, and when our guardians are making less than the poverty line, and children are suffering because their parents decided to join the military, well, I get very upset. I feel that instead of sending billions to the Pentagon's pet projects, it should go to the troops."

Stem Cell Research:
"I'd met Chris Reeve several times before he died, and after having met him it is tough to be against [stem cell research]. I am for human knowledge and expansion of human life. If stem cells are one way to do that, I cannot support legislation to restrict this potentially life-saving research."

RedsBaron
08-15-2005, 11:28 AM
Is he serious?
Obviously, there have been actors turned politicians before, but even people such as Reagan, Schwareznegger, Murphy, Bono, et al, began their political career by trying for a lower office (governor, senator), rather than begin by trying to be elected to the pinnacle of American politics.
If he does run, I wonder how long it will take before reporters start asking him about what happened on the boat the night Natalie Wood drowned?

savafan
08-15-2005, 11:30 AM
You know what this country really needs?

http://geekhost.info/~gabriela/textbilder/cowbell_skit_xx008.jpg

;)

15fan
08-15-2005, 11:59 AM
Christopher Walken should run on one issue:

Vote for me, and we'll scrap "Hail to the Chief". All press conferences and Presedential speeches will begin with the music and moves from the Fatboy Slim (http://www.astralwerks.com/fbs/woc/) video "Weapon of Choice".

That would be the absolute coolest thing ever.

WVRed
08-15-2005, 12:04 PM
Christopher Walken should run on one issue:

Vote for me, and we'll scrap "Hail to the Chief". All press conferences and Presedential speeches will begin with the music and moves from the Fatboy Slim (http://www.astralwerks.com/fbs/woc/) video "Weapon of Choice".

That would be the absolute coolest thing ever.

That should be Walkens slogan for the campaign.

"You can go with this, you can go with that, or you can go with us."

RedsBaron
08-15-2005, 12:04 PM
You know what this country really needs?

http://geekhost.info/~gabriela/textbilder/cowbell_skit_xx008.jpg

;)
I know that actors and other celebrities have "run for president" just to call attention to a certain cause, without really expecting to win, and I assume that is what Walken is doing. However I am struck by how little his screen persona will probably help him. Ronald Reagan was almost always cast as a good guy, and his roles helped his political image. Arnold Schwarznegger has used his movie image to project toughness. Walken's predominate image is not of being a "good guy" or of being a "tough" person-it is one of being a weirdo. Strangeness rarely if ever is a political virtue. This doesn't mean Walken himself is weird, but many of his roles have been playing guys who were, well, nuts.

rdiersin
08-15-2005, 12:58 PM
This could make for some interesting interviews and political speaches. What will his slogan be? Marsupials scare me, .... cuz they're fast.

RFS62
08-15-2005, 01:23 PM
You know what this country really needs?

http://geekhost.info/~gabriela/textbilder/cowbell_skit_xx008.jpg

;)



bwahahahahahahahaha

:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

letsgojunior
08-15-2005, 01:35 PM
More Cowbell!!!!

RFS62
08-15-2005, 01:41 PM
I got a fever!!!!

And the only thing that will cure it....

Sweetstop
08-15-2005, 01:44 PM
Is he serious?
Obviously, there have been actors turned politicians before, but even people such as Reagan, Schwareznegger, Murphy, Bono, et al, began their political career by trying for a lower office (governor, senator), rather than begin by trying to be elected to the pinnacle of American politics.
If he does run, I wonder how long it will take before reporters start asking him about what happened on the boat the night Natalie Wood drowned?

lol..I was wondering how long it would take you to get Natalie Wood into this thread, RB. :D :rolleyes:

Red Leader
08-15-2005, 02:06 PM
Give him some shampanya, or champagne.

RedsBaron
08-15-2005, 02:13 PM
lol..I was wondering how long it would take you to get Natalie Wood into this thread, RB. :D :rolleyes:
You know me Sweetstop-I get to the really vital issues. ;)

KronoRed
08-15-2005, 02:52 PM
I could never vote for a guy who was the worst villain in all Bond film history.

;)

RedsBaron
08-15-2005, 03:03 PM
I could never vote for a guy who was the worst villain in all Bond film history.

;)
Is Gret Frobe ("Goldfinger") your candidate then? ;) Actually, Charles Gray ("Diamonds Are Forever") gets my vote as the worst Bond villain.

Unassisted
08-15-2005, 03:49 PM
In his latest film "Wedding Crashers," Walken plays the Secretary of the Treasury. There is a brief shot in the film of a phony Time magazine cover with his character's picture and the words "The Next President?"

Is this life imitating art?

BTW, John McCain has gotten some heat from the right for making a cameo as himself in this same R-rated film because of its nudity and f-bombs galore. Walken would have an order of magnitude more explaining to do than McCain if movie roles are held against people in or aspiring to public office. He's done some stuff that's much more edgy than "Wedding Crashers" in his career.

Johnny Footstool
08-15-2005, 04:03 PM
It's not Walken at all. It's really Max Zorin's latest plot.

http://www.the007generation.de/images/leute/walken.jpg

RedsBaron
08-15-2005, 04:06 PM
It's not Walken at all. It's really Max Zorin's latest plot.

http://www.the007generation.de/images/leute/walken.jpg
Wow! We only thought Zorin died at the end of "A View To A Kill." Thanks for warning us!

TeamCasey
08-16-2005, 06:42 AM
Don't go Walken to the polls
Candidates for president in ’08 need not fret — they will not be running against Christopher Walken.

An online campaign for the quirky actor — including a sober-sounding statement supposedly from Walken himself — is a hoax, his rep tells The Scoop.

“It’s time to be smart about our politics. It's time to get America back on track,” Walken is quoted as saying.

“[That site] made me laugh,” says spokeswoman Mara Buxbaum. “Chris has no involvement with it whatsoever. Chris doesn’t even own a computer — he doesn’t know from computers. I suspect it might be some prankster who enjoyed seeing Chris as secretary of state in ‘Wedding Crashers’ and now thinks he should run for president.”

Redsfaithful
08-16-2005, 07:58 AM
The hoax was started here:

http://genmay.com/showthread.php?t=562197

But it picked up steam here:

http://www.screenhead.com/funny/political/america-will-be-wearing-goldplated-diapers-baby-117097.php

It's always interesting to me how these things get going.

Johnny Footstool
08-16-2005, 09:25 AM
Wow! We only thought Zorin died at the end of "A View To A Kill." Thanks for warning us!

That's what he wanted you to think. To a genetically-engineered Nazi superman like Zorin, a fall off the Golden Gate bridge is like a jump into a swimming pool.

Unassisted
08-16-2005, 09:57 AM
After I took the hook out of my mouth, I re-read the first sentence of the news release and two words jumped out at me... "private conference." Who holds a private conference to announce a political campaign? Campaign announcements are splashy events designed to maximize media exposure.

Very clever hoax.

RedsBaron
08-16-2005, 10:04 AM
That's what he wanted you to think. To a genetically-engineered Nazi superman like Zorin, a fall off the Golden Gate bridge is like a jump into a swimming pool.
Will Grace Jones ("Mayday") be his runningmate? She'd demolish whoever tried to debate her.

SunDeck
08-16-2005, 01:38 PM
If he does run, I wonder how long it will take before reporters start asking him about what happened on the boat the night Natalie Wood drowned?

That's easy...Teddy Kennedy got her drunk and pushed her off the boat.
Next question.

RedsBaron
08-16-2005, 01:42 PM
That's easy...Teddy Kennedy got her drunk and pushed her off the boat.
Next question.
That's what I always suspected, but somehow I also always thought that Bob Boone was partially to blame.

SunDeck
08-16-2005, 01:45 PM
That's what I always suspected, but somehow I also always thought that Bob Boone was partially to blame.

Boone was there that night, but he was all over the boat; checking the trim, working on the engines, even dove under the hull to see if there were any leaks. He was just too hard to account for that night. But, we know were Ted was, right next to the bar with Natalie and his bottle of Jameson.

RedsBaron
08-16-2005, 01:56 PM
Boone was there that night, but he was all over the boat; checking the trim, working on the engines, even dove under the hull to see if there were any leaks. He was just too hard to account for that night. But, we know were Ted was, right next to the bar with Natalie and his bottle of Jameson.
I bet Karl Rove supplied the booze.

SunDeck
08-16-2005, 02:06 PM
I bet Karl Rove supplied the booze.
Oh, sure. It was a bipartisan Bacchanal. Teddy would hang out with Pol Pot if the guy had access to ice and clean glasses.