Comedienne Gracie Allen Enters The 1940 Presidential Race
In this newswire photograph, Gracie Allen, the zany half of the Burns & Allen comedy team “tosses her hat into the ring” to run for President in 1940.
Gracie put out a very funny book after her tongue-in-cheek Presidential run entitled How To Become President (Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1940) which has enlightening chapters such as:
Government Jobs Pay Big Money
How Not To Offend Anybody
Buying A Good Used Platform
Secrets of Unsuccessful Speechmaking
Even though the candidacy was a plot line for the Burns & Allen weekly comedy radio show, Gracie did a whistlestop tour by train and over 300,000 Americans came out to hear her make campaign speeches in cities along the route.
After “dropping out” of the race in the middle of 1940, Gracie still ended up receiving over 42,000 write-in votes in the November election.
The forgotten story of her candidacy was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. Click here to listen.