by Brandy D. Anderson
There are a plethora of parody accounts on Twitter, but the ones that parody the US Presidents are definitely some of the most fun. From Washington to Obama, you can find the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to the world of fake twitter accounts. Most are silly accounts meant to poke fun at the big wigs, but a few serve as fun tributes full of historical information and quotes. I’ve gathered the 7 best of them all.
“It’s morning again in America…again…”
Aw, poor Ronnie. This account subtlety pokes fun at the movie-star-turned-president with tweets such as these: “True Blood returns, and I for one won’t stand for this show and it’s glamorization of the undead lifestyle” and “I hope everyone had a safe and happy#4thofJuly and all, but never forget how I fought for your freedoms from that damn Ann Sheridan”. There’s even some nice pop-culture humour: “#OpportunityForAll sounds nive, til you take Opportunity from the Eloi and give it to those damn Morlocks.” PS: Do you ‘get’ the photo? Reagan + ‘Star Wars’…I know, it’s a groaner.
“Hung like a horse and high as a giraffe’s ass. Also, Ambassador to Saudi Labia. Also, not really Bill Clinton.”
Yeah, you get a sense of what this account is all about just by the name and info blurb, doncha? This morning’s tweet: “4th of July always reminds of that great orator George Washington, who famously told the British “Don’t start no shit, won’t BE no shit.” Yesterday, he shared this: “Sh*t. Hillary is on my ass about taking down the Christmas tree.” So, obviously this isn’t one you want to share with any kiddos, but it’s so incredibly stupid that it’s just kinda hard not to laugh. A lot of the tweets are pretty darn rude, crude, and lewd, but they manage to stretch the parody of the lustful president just about as far as possible without completely running off the map. So, while this isn’t an account for the feint of heart, it is, however, right up your ally if you like raucous presidential humour.
“If you can’t stand the heat, go into the kitchen and get a nice cool drink.”
Okay, so this parody account isn’t particularly funny, but it is pretty neat if you’re into Truman. There are a lot of Truman quotes like these: “Within the first few months, I discovered that being a President is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep on riding or be swallowed” and “In the simplest terms, what we are doing in Korea is this: We are trying to prevent a third world war.” There are also a lot of sweet tweets from fake Truman to “the most beautiful girl in the world” (his wife, Bess), complete with wedding anniversary photos.
4. Barack Obama (not the official account)
72, 008 followers
“The 44th President of The United States of America. The most famous black man alive. Follow the Leader. NOT @BarackObama. That account is run by unfunny peeps.”
This funny account plays up Obama’s ‘cool guy you’d like to knock back a few beers with’ reputation. Today’s latest tweet: “Just Tea-bagged some tea for America! #independenceday”. Last Thanksgiving, Barry tweeted this little nugget of knowledge: “Little known fact, the real ingredient that makes you sleepy at Thanksgiving dinner is Jack Daniels.” This tweet, though, may be my favourite: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for a Klondike bar. That sh*t is delicious.”
“Abraham Lincoln tweets, provides political analysis, and gives facts about his life. Strives to correct myths, legends, and misinformation about the 16th POTUS.”
This fake Lincoln has it all. This consistently updated account is a combination of humour, historical facts, and interesting tidbits. For the 4 of July, Lincoln tweeted: “As patriotic as Lincoln was, he would never have a “cold one” on July 4th, nor on any other day. He was a teetotaler.” There are also a plethora of interesting ‘This day in history’ tweets: “151 years ago today, the Battle Of Gettysburg ends in victory for the Union after 3 days of fighting. It marks the turning point of the war.” But my favourites are the silly tweets like this one: “I try to take “selfies” but photographic exposures take many minutes in the 1860’s, and my arms get tired. Cameras are quite heavy.”
“First president of the United States, commander-in-chief. Follow me for the latest news and travel deals from Mount Vernon.”
This is another presidential parody account that’s more full of quotes and historical information than tomfoolery. This twitter account is maintained by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association whose mission “is to preserve, restore, and manage the estate of George Washington to the highest standards and to educate visitors and people throughout the world about the life and legacies of George Washington, so that his example of character and leadership will continue to inform and inspire future generations”, so you won’t find ridiculous caricatures here. However, if you want fun tidbits on ol’ Wooden Toothed Georgie, this is your place! PS: There’s even a video detailing how Washington made whiskey…now you want to check it out, don’t you?
1. George Bush
“Former U.S. president currently looking for new oppertunities. Named by Current TV as one of The Best Fake Politicians on Twitter”
This has to be one of the funniest parody accounts around – ever, seriously. This morning’s tweet: “How long until I can start complaining that no one has wished me Happy Bday on my wall. Did Facebook ferget me” still has me laughing. Before that tweet, there was: “I would love to serve Iraq from Sea to shining sea. Please sign this petishun.” This fake retired US President’s account is full of all of the asinine, silly, verbal mishaps, complete with spelling mistakes, that we’ve come to expect from the former Commander in Chief. I’ll leave you with this gem: “HELLO! all you #fancypantsfolks who take pictures of #food. I made @RealLunchables from scratch today. #unemployment#tcot”.