Alice Cooper for pres­i­dent

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

WITH US pres­i­den­tial front-run­ners Hil­lary Clin­ton and Don­ald Trump both suf­fer­ing high dis­ap­proval rates, a new out­side can­di­date sees an open­ing – Alice Cooper.

The vet­eran shock rocker an­nounced Au­gust 22 that he is run­ning for pres­i­dent with the slo­gan: “A Trou­bled Man for Trou­bled Times”.

While the 68-year-old has en­joyed a fan base for decades, his plat­form, un­veiled on a cam­paign web­site, re­vealed that he is not overly se­ri­ous about his am­bi­tions.

Cooper calls for late Mo­tor­head front­man Lemmy’s like­ness to be added to Mount Rush­more, the mas­sive moun­tain sculp­ture that hon­ors four US pres­i­dents, and for co­me­dian Grou­cho Marx to grace the US$50 bill.

Leav­ing aside sovereignty concerns in Bri­tain, which re­cently voted to leave the Euro­pean Union, Cooper’s plat­form also calls for Bri­tain – where the rocker has long been pop­u­lar – to put comic Peter Sell­ers on the £20 note.

Cooper’s cam­paign so far con­sists of sell­ing mer­chan­dise and reis­su­ing his band’s 1972 song “Elected”. The song, a hit dur­ing Richard Nixon’s suc­cess­ful re-elec­tion cam­paign, ends with a politi­cian promis­ing, “Ev­ery­body has prob­lems / And per­son­ally, I don’t care.”

Even if Cooper’s cam­paign is a long­shot, another mu­si­cian – rap su­per­star Kanye West – has vowed to run for pres­i­dent in 2020.

Trump, a real es­tate ty­coon and for­mer host of a re­al­ity tele­vi­sion game show, him­self shocked the po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment by win­ning the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion.

Cooper – the voice be­hind youth an­thems such as “I’m Eigh­teen”, “School’s Out”, and “No More Mr Nice Guy” – has in the past de­scribed him­self as apo­lit­i­cal.

He hinted at Repub­li­can sym­pa­thies in 2004 when he crit­i­cised mu­si­cians who cam­paigned for John Kerry against Ge­orge W Bush, ar­gu­ing that rock and pol­i­tics should not mix.

Photo: AFP

Alice Cooper, an age­ing rock leg­end, does not ap­pear to be tak­ing his bid for pres­i­dent se­ri­ously. Then again, nei­ther did Don­ald Trump.

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