Fame, if you win it, comes and goes in a minute

  
By:  john-russell  •  3 months ago  •  9 comments

Fame, if you win it, comes and goes in a minute
For awhile that year it seemed like the short brash fast talking Texas billionaire could pull off the impossible and win the presidency from outside the two party framework.

Fame, if you win it, comes and goes in a minute....

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by Adolph Green and Betty Comden

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In the early 1990's, H Ross Perot was one of the most famous people in America. He ran for president as a 3rd party candidate and got almost 20 million votes against Bill Clinton and George HW Bush.  For awhile that year it seemed like the short brash fast talking Texas billionaire could pull off the impossible and win the presidency from outside the two party framework. Perot was leading in some polls early in the year. He didnt fare particularly well in the televised debates though and by election day it was clear all he could do was be a spoiler.  Still, it was quite a ride. 

Perot died today at the age of 89.  

I dont think anyone seeded anything here about Perot today, even though the news of his death came out this morning. 

On the ABC World News tonight, the news of his death was 5th or 6th on the list and only merited a quite brief story. 

I guess you need to do better than be the most successful 3rd party candidate in the past 100 years to get a big time obit. 

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JohnRussell
1  author  JohnRussell    3 months ago
But more than a quarter century ago, Ross Perot revealed a truth about the American electorate ... the waning hours of his ...
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Kavika
2  Kavika     3 months ago

He gave it a hell of a run...

RIP Ross.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
3  Paula Bartholomew    3 months ago

RIP Sir.  You were definitely unique.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
4  XDm9mm    3 months ago

Condolences to the immediate and extended Perot family.

Ross Jr. was like his old man.  Generally quite but focused.

Met Ross Jr. at a business meeting and later at Sonny Bryants (BBQ place in the DFW area) when he had his crew land the chopper for a quick lunch.  Must be nice to have that kind of spending money.

He had, the year earlier, gotten his dad a giraffe as a birthday present.  When asked why he did that by a local news outlet, his response was typical Perot.  "What else can you get a man that already has everything he could want or use?"

 
 
 
PJ
5  PJ    3 months ago

I vaguely remember Perot when he was running for President because I was too young to vote.  What I do recall thinking is he said some kooky things but I also thought he made a lot of sense on some of the issues. 

RIP - Mr. Perot

 
 
 
Sparty On
6  Sparty On    2 months ago

Who knows what would have happened had he not dropped out in 92 and then came back

Before he did that he was actually leading in polls in California and Texas mid 1992.

Yeah, you heard that right.

 
 
 
TTGA
7  TTGA    2 months ago

He also made another famous statement while running.  That was the time when GM was starting to pull out of Michigan (heading for Mexico and China).  Ross said, "Would the last person out of Michigan please turn out the lights".  He knew what was going to happen.  No, he didn't have any information that wasn't available to anyone else, he was just very very smart about reading situations and their results.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
8  Trout Giggles    2 months ago

RIP, Mr Perot

 
 
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