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A nepotism president is one who was selected by their party mainly on the grounds of their family name, regardless of their actual merit for the job. If they are then appointed to the job while contested ballots are being counted by a Supreme Court loaded with several appointees of their family, friends, and former employers, that seals the case.
General and ancient
- Monarchy (where all pretence is cast aside).
- The Julio-Claudian dynasty of Roman emperors begun by Augustus Caesar who styled himself as simply "the first among equals" and kept up the facade of republicanism in the Roman Empire.
The United States
Addams FamilyAdams family: John Quincy Adams.
- The Harrisons: Benjamin Harrison.
Dead KennedysKennedys: John F. Kennedy Robert F. Kennedy Ted KennedyAny Kennedy (plus, Arnold Schwarzenegger).
- The Bushes: George W. Bush (Jeb Bush tried, but failed).
- The Browns in California - Governor Moonbeam is currently serving his fourth full term, after his father already served two terms from 1959 to 1967
- Andrew Cuomo became governor after his father, Mario Cuomo
In addition, there are several US political dynasties that have produced presidents but are less clear-cut examples, e.g. the Tafts (William Howard Taft and Robert A. Taft) and the Roosevelts (Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, distant cousins of each other, and Eleanor Roosevelt first cousin of the former and distant cousin/wife of the latter).
The rest of the world
- Canada: The Trudeaus (Justin Trudeau).
- The Democratic Republic of the Congo: The Kabilas (Joseph Kabila).
- Haiti: The Duvaliers (François and Jean-Claude).
- India: The Nehru/Gandhi dynasty (Indira, Rajiv, and Sonia Gandhi who are all related to Jawaharlal Nehru, an important man himself, being prime-minister of India and all, but not the "real" Gandhi).
- Indonesia: Founding president and darling of the Non-Aligned Movement Sukarno is the father of Indonesia's first woman president Megawati Sukarnoputri. There was a 34 year gap. As vice-president, she became president after President Abdurrahman Wahid was impeached and only served the remaining term, as she did not win re-election.
- Malaysia: Current boss Najib Razak is the son of Malaysia's second and nephew of the third.
- Nicaragua: The Somozas (Anastasio Somoza García (father), Luis Somoza Debayle (older son) and Anastasio Somoza Debayle (younger son) were all presidents/leaders of the national guard/unelected strongmen and de facto dictators of Nicaragua 1936-1979 and were pretty influential behind the scenes as early as the 1920s).
- North Korea: The Kims (Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un).
- Pakistan: The Bhuttos (Benazir Bhutto and her husband
Mr Ten PercentAsif Ali Zardari).
- Peru: imprisoned ex-president Alberto Fujimori and almost-president Keiko Fujimori, both are "Fujimoristas"
- The Philippines: The Aquinos (Corazon Aquino).
- Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew led Singapore forever before his son Lee Hsien Loong took the reins. There was a place holder in between though.
- Syria: The Assads (Bashar al-Assad).
- Togo: Faure Gnassingbé, son of Gnassingbé Eyadéma. (Interestingly enough, long-time opposition head Gilchrist Olympio is also the son of first president Sylvanus Olympio.)
Similar concept: Wives and widows
In many parts of the world, particularly the Americas, wives of popular or powerful politicians often run for office in their own right, either to circumvent term limits or as a "substitute" for the dead man himself, if he died. Examples include:
- Cristina Fernández de Kirchner — widow of former President Néstor Kirchner, started her first term while her husband was alive though term limited (Argentina)
- Alabama: Lurleen Wallace, George Wallace's wife, was governor when her husband ran up against a prohibition on serving consecutive terms as governor.
- The above mentioned Corazon Aquino was mostly elected as a "replacement" for her murdered husband
- Violeta Barrios de Chamorro — President of Nicaragua, 1990-1996; widow of popular journalist Pedro Joaquín Chamorro who was assassinated in 1978
- Isabel Martínez de Perón — third wivfe and widow of Juan Perón of Argentina, who was president before the shit really hit the fan
- Hillary Clinton — if and when she ever gets elected—though like some of the figures on this list she has plenty of political talent in her own right
Getting it wrong
Our dear friends at Conservapedia, headed by Saint Schlafly, perhaps miffed about Dubya getting slapped with the nepotism label, decided to get back at the lib'ruls by calling Barack Obama an Affirmative action President.
- He ran for a third after promising not to do so, which got him a close primary and a general election loss against one R Wilson Reagan - a middling actor and union leader past his prime
- "de" literally meaning "of" is the usual suffix between maiden name and married name in Latin America, in North American parlance she would be Cristina Kirchner (née Fernández)
- Either on Somoza's orders, or by people believing to do him a favor or by agents provocateurs
- What? Who said Phyllis?