9. Pat Paulsen
When comedian Pat Paulsen was approached by The Smothers Brothers with the idea of running for president in 1968, he replied: “Why not? I can't dance—besides, the job has a good pension plan and I'll get a lot of money when I retire."
Paulsen’s political career was grounded in satire and he would often publicly answer questions with the phrase: “I feel that it is too directly bound to its own anguish to be anything other than a cry of negation, carrying within itself the seeds of its own destruction. However, to get to the meat of the matter, I will come right to the point, and take note of the fact that the heart of the issue, in the final, analysis escapes me." Whoa.