The World’s Weirdest Political Figures


Most political leaders are extremely well
polished, with focus groups and other experts helping them stay on message, and makeup artists
and other professionals making sure they stay perfectly coiffed at all times. All little flaws, wrinkles or quirks are ironed
out or hidden, as the politician wants to avoid even the tiniest thing that could be
seen as a scandal. However, some political leaders have managed
to get in office either in spite of, or because of their quirkiness, and their willingness
to sometimes create their own gimmick if necessary. In today’s article, we will go over some
of the strangest political leaders in history. 10. Saparmurat Niyazov AKA Turkmenbashi, The Deceased
Ruler Of Turkmenistan If you’ve watched the television show Archer,
you may have seen the episode “Once Bitten Twice Shy,” where the crew goes to Turkmenistan. We’ve previously covered some of the odd
rules forced on the country’s people, and the show — despite being a satirical cartoon
— has a lot of truth to its weird claims. And it all comes from the man known as Turkmenbashi. As a sampling, he banned ballet, circuses,
beards and gold fillings in teeth, changed two of the months of the year to his and his
mother’s names, respectively, and made a national day for both horses and melons. From 1991 until 2006, the country was ruled
by Saparmurat Niyazov — aka Turkmenbashi — who styled himself as a god to be worshipped
by his people. When the citizens of the country were interviewed
after his death — as his successor slowly but surely destroyed the quirks of his forced
cult of personality — nearly everyone who was talked to had met the man himself at some
point or another, and many described him as rather shy. Saparmurat was orphaned at the age of eight,
and grew up in what was basically a Soviet Group Home, so he didn’t exactly have a
normal life, or a lot of stable friends or guardians. Perhaps all the odd rules, and the visits
with so many random citizens, was an attempt by a very lonely man to reach out to others,
and find some way, somehow, to connect with them on some level. 9. Rob Ford, The Crack Smoking Former Mayor Of
Toronto Rob Ford was a troubled and bombastic individual
who was, for a time, the Mayor of Toronto, Canada. Unfortunately he is no longer with us, as
he passed away from cancer in 2016, but he left behind a bizarre legacy, and left the
media, and the Canadian public (as well as the rest of the world) with something to talk
about for quite some time. He was a relatively overweight individual
with a large personality to match, and in May 2013, a claim surfaced that he had been
in a video in which he smoked crack cocaine. He at first denied it, but eventually the
video surfaced fully, and in November 2013 he admitted he had used crack, but said he
only did so very occasionally and that it had been during one of his drunken stupors. He refused to resign. However, in April 2014, yet another video
emerged of Ford smoking crack, and this time he entered rehab for a few months to deal
with his drug problem (but still refused to resign over his hard drug use while in office). In the end he decided not to run for Mayor
again in 2016, instead focusing on city council as his health had taken a turn for the worse. He was soon diagnosed with a rare type of
cancer known as liposarcoma, and was frequently in and out of the hospital. Despite his crack smoking and his odd behavior,
Ford was still known as a mayor who meant well by the people of his city, and on March
22, 2016, he passed away in palliative care, leaving behind many family members and friends
who loved him dearly. 8. Marion Barry, The Second Elected Mayor Of
Washington D.C. Marion Barry was the second ever elected Mayor
of Washington D.C., and also the fourth. He first served from 1979 to 1991, and again
from 1995 to 1999. He was so popular that he was nicknamed “Mayor
for life,” and only briefly left office between his two stints as Mayor of D.C. because
a misconduct scandal caused him to end up not being able to seek reelection. Oh, and he even spent six months in federal
prison. You see, Marion Barry had a bit of a crack
problem and in 1990, he was caught by an FBI sting buying drugs from a woman who had been
a former girlfriend. As he was arrested, he continually complained
that he “shouldn’t have come up here” (to the hotel room he was caught in), and
that the “b**** set him up.” Despite this, he became Mayor again, and later
served on the city council after that. He was once tried for a DUI, but managed to
successfully fight the charges. However, he clearly did have a drinking problem,
as he had once before been in a traffic stop incident where alcohol was involved (although
both times he blew below the limit). He was known for visiting gentlemen’s clubs
late at night, and admitting when caught to it that he was “a night owl.” However, while he was known for saying a lot
of crazy or silly or even mixed up things, he actually didn’t say much of what people
have attributed to him. Snopes has an exhaustive list of all the actual
things he did (or did not) say that have been attributed to him over the years, in case
you wonder which ones you had wrong and want to check. 7. Arnold Schwarzenegger AKA The Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger is a larger than life
personality, and mostly known for all the movies he did during his most celebrated period
during the 1980s and 1990s. Whether a Terminator, or a tough talking Marine
taking out alien predators, or anything in between, he has a cinematic place in almost
everyone’s hearts. However, long before Donald Trump decided
that celebrities could become higher office politicians in the USA — even without experience
— Arnold (as well as his Predator co-star Jesse “The Body” Ventura) was paving the
way for him by becoming the Governor of the state of California in 2003. His biggest sticking point in life is that
he is originally from Austria, so as a naturalized citizen, he cannot run for president. He has tried lobbying efforts to change the
law before, and has considered a constitutional legal challenge as well. Unfortunately for Arnold, no one seems interested
in changing the laws just so that he can run for office. Fortunately for the rest of us, though, as
he might not be the most mature politician. He once spelled out a letter explaining his
veto, with the phrase “f*** you” hidden as an acrostic within the letter. He has also openly talked about his addiction
to fancy cigars, despite being a bodybuilder and general health nut, and lobbied briefly
after his election as Governor to have an open air atrium added to the capital, where
people could smoke in contravention of state law, so that he could have important meetings
in the building while enjoying his fine stogies. 6. Muammar Gaddafi Was Practically A Real-Life
Bond Villain Muammar Gaddafi ruled Libya with an iron fist
from 1969 until his death in 2011, when the country finally revolted against him, partly
due to the activism centered around the Arab Spring. Now, Gaddafi had been known as a lot of things,
such as the Mad Dog of the Middle East, and a real charmer in many personal situations,
despite the fact that he was such a tyrannical and hardheaded dictator. However, while he may have managed to come
across as charming in person to other world leaders, he was not so charming to the people
he abused. While he does seem to have kept his family
living a life of luxury, he was also known for keeping a cadre of 30 “Amazonian”
bodyguard (that were all female), who were to take a vow of virginity before joining,
and wear camouflage and heavy mascara. While some people found this fascinating and
just quirky, when he died his secrets came out, and it turned out even a Bond villain
surrounded by suggestively-named female bodyguards would have found him overly cruel. Some of his bodyguard claim that they didn’t
join voluntarily at all, but were blackmailed into it, and many also reported being raped
by Gaddafi and his sons, and then thrown aside when they had gotten bored of them, like a
toy they no longer cared to play with. He may have charmed a lot of people, and made
them think he was just quirky, but underneath it all was a very evil and abusive man who
saw women as nothing more than objects to be used and discarded as he willed. 5. Marianne Williamson, The New Age Writer And
Activist Running For President Most people hadn’t heard of Marriane Williamson
before, but now with the Democratic Presidential primary, she is starting to become a familiar
name. She has never been in politics before, but
instead has been an activist (helping fight against AIDS) and has written 13 books, mostly
of the self-help advice nature, blanketed with spiritual phrasing and sayings. Many of her new age sayings on Twitter from
the past have been giving people great amusement, as she sounds like a cross between a new age
faith healer, and sort of like a modern day witch. She had never even held a political office
before, but made it onto the debate stage regardless, because that was not a requirement
to qualify for the debates. Many of those who support her, some of whom
started out supporting her “ironically,” call themselves the orb squad, and find her
constant talk about energies and forces of darkness and light to be refreshing in a world
where everything is about political points and wonky policy debates. She has gotten criticism, though, for being
against psychotropic drugs, especially for children, and for calling vaccine laws “draconian
and Orwellian.” She seems to have completely embraced her
quirkiness as a gimmick, and is using it to the fullest in the hopes that it will bring
her name recognition, when otherwise voters likely would not have given her the time of
day. One of her strangest points in the debates
was her saying that there were dark spiritual energies surrounding Donald Trump, and that
she would overcome him with the power of love. 4. Herman Cain, The Former Pizza CEO Who Became
A Presidential Candidate Back in the 2012 presidential race, Barack
Obama was looking for (and won) his second term, and a very wide field of Republican
candidates were hoping for a chance to become president… or at least boost their name
recognition from a robust challenge against him. This meant many people who were not previously
well known politicians, or even politicians at all, were going for a bite of the apple. Enter former turnaround CEO Herman Cain, who
had successfully brought the Godfather’s Pizza chain back from the brink of bankruptcy,
and made them a relatively stable business. He felt that as a turnaround CEO, and the
only African American in the race, he had a significant chance to make a big splash,
and maybe even draw off black support from Obama in the general election. His main claim to fame was his 9-9-9 tax plan,
which would put federal sales tax, income tax and corporate tax all at a flat 9%. This sounds like someone who has played too
much Sim City, as it is incredibly over-simplistic, and would also greatly benefit the rich and
not the poor or middle class. Recently he was in the news yet again, when
Trump was floating him as a member of the board of the Federal Reserve. After a lot of news stations pointed out his
lack of fitness for the office, Cain withdrew claiming the reason was that the position
would mean taking a pay cut. 3. Francois Duvalier, AKA Papa Doc, AKA Baron
Samedi, The Loa Of The Dead Francois Duvalier, also known as Papa Doc
(later to be succeeded by his son Jean-Claude, who would be known as Baby Doc), was ruler
of Haiti from 1957 until his death in 1971. While he was originally elected to the office,
his regime quickly turned despotic, and he only left office when he finally died (and
basically sent birthright rule on to his son). He did this through a combination of his own
death squad, called the Tonton Macoute, and a cult of personality around himself. He styled himself as an incarnation of the
Loa (spirit) of the dead of Haitian Voodoo, Baron Samedi, and regularly talked about his
voodoo spells and the way he used them on his enemies. By doing so, he made many afraid to talk or
plan against him, even in private, when they knew absolutely no one was listening, and
no one would tell of the goings-on. The craziest thing he did was claim, upon
JFK’s assassination, that it had been his voodoo spell that had done in the president
of the United States. Now, while Duvalier did claim to put a death
curse on Kennedy, it is unlikely he stabbed a voodoo doll 2,222 times, as some sources
at the time claim, as voodoo dolls are not usually associated with Haitian Voodoo. 2. Idi Amin, The Ugandan Leader Who Called Himself
The Last King Of Scotland Idi Amin was the President of Uganda from
1971 to 1979, and was known for being a brutal butcher and a despot, even becoming nicknamed
“the butcher of Uganda.” However, he himself did not think of himself
as the butcher of Uganda, but instead liked to style himself as the last king of Scotland
— which is a tremendously bizarre claim to make for a leader of a country that is
not even on the European continent. In fact, people found his claim so bizarre,
they made a movie about the quirkier aspects of life, called — you guessed it — The
Last King of Scotland. Now, perhaps his claim to the throne of Scotland
had something to do with the fact that he helped wrest control of Uganda from the British
and give it back to the people, but that love for him quickly started to fade. He was ousted in 1979 due to accusations of
mass genocide, but he continued to have delusions of grandeur up until his death. In fact, while he was a world leader, other
world leaders were worried about his mental stability and what he might try to do at a
diplomatic event. The Queen of England, who had received some
rather strange love letters from Idi Amin, was worried he would show up at her Silver
Jubilee (despite not being invited), and had already come up with a tongue in cheek plan
to deal with him if he gatecrashed and caused trouble (she planned to hit him over the heat
with the flat side of her ceremonial sword). Unfortunately for history, Idi Amin wisely
chose not to come to a celebration he had not been invited to, and the history books
do not have a page where the queen lays into a rival head of state with her trusty ceremonial
weapon. 1. Boris Johnson Is Both The UK’s Next Prime
Minister, And A Very Odd Man For those who don’t know too much about
him, Boris Johnson recently became much more important, as he became Prime Minister of
the UK on July 24, 2019. Many have called him the “British Donald
Trump,” but the similarities are a lot less than many people think. While both look similar, can be somewhat brash
or eccentric for politics, were both born in New York, and both of them have a nationalistic
bent to their philosophies, that is where the similarities end. Trump is the type of man who can sometimes
take himself too seriously, but Johnson will walk out looking like he just jumped out of
bed while still wearing his suit from the night before, quickly ran a comb through his
hair without looking in a mirror, and rushed outside to make his way to his first engagement
of the morning. He also once got stuck on a zipline during
a publicity stunt during the 2012 Olympic games in London, and instead of getting upset,
tried to use the opportunity and attention to play to the crowd. Johnson cut his teeth in the famous Oxford
Union debating society. Those who knew him at the time described a
man who seemed to sometimes lose his thread, because he would momentarily think of a good
argument for the other side, and forget which side he was advocating for. Even if you disagree with him on his Brexit
position or his nationalism, Johnson is a legitimate intellectual, and not to be underestimated
as some kind of simple-minded buffoon.

100 thoughts on “The World’s Weirdest Political Figures

  1. From 2:25 to 2:37, that's not Rob Ford. That's his brother, Doug Ford, who is now Premier of the province of Ontario in Canada.

  2. Oh Simon… Herman Caine is an amazing individual who (in my opinion) should have won the Republican ticket instead of old man Romney (ugh…) and I feel like your really underselling his genius.

  3. You can be a drug addict and a great person at the same time. Most high ups are on something. They're called high functioning addicts.

  4. I am a activist for the return of this site's former glory as well as denouncing the enforcement of COPPA, if I said it once I said it a thousand times. we are content creators not babysitters

  5. They aren't all Villains, they're imperfect leaders in imperfect times, take Col Gaddafi, before it was a functioning state with functioning services! now after bringing "democracy" by the Clintons its a failed state with the reintroduction of slave markets, she cackled like an evil witch on camera during his brutal torture & murder (we came, we saw, he died) she has a far worse Napoleon complex, she had a Caesar complex to have that kind of detachment to be working with dangerous Islamists groups again to achieve her demonic purposes as was done in Afghan in the 80's we all knew Libya would be a disaster because of 80's Afghan. His crime? wanting to ditch the petro dollar and move to the gold standard months before. Later Clinton & Soros robbed Haiti blind (photos of both of them there together) very little of that cash went to Haiti funds and when they left victims were still living in the immediate earthquake shelters, largest charity donation in history was funelled through the Clinton foundation. Clintons have a kill list that rivals Vlad The Impaler, yet surprisingly everyone always looks the other way

  6. I don't have any trouble believing that Queen Elizabeth would have done just that if Idi Amin had crashed her jubilee. She probably would have said something witty to top it off, like "Rise, Sir Loin of Beef!"

  7. two things, 2:25 is Doug Ford, not Rob Ford and Rob Ford was most certainly NOT well liked by the people and he got in on a platform of hate…much like Trump..in fact, we think of the US as being in the "Rob Ford days" of history.

  8. As someone who lives in Toronto, I might point out that Rob Ford succeeded in alienating everyone around him, including his "friends" on Council. About half way through his tenure, there was an effective coup and any and all authority he had was taken away by the Executive Committee of Council with his former "friend and allie" the Deputy Mayor taking over. – Another side note, his brother Doug Ford was elected Premier of Ontario and immediately went after the City Council of Toronto, cutting the number of seats on the council in half 2 months before Municipal Elections. His brother is not quite as eccentric as he was – but has a major Canadian political party riding herd on him, that Rob Ford didn't have.

  9. Rob Ford the drug dealing mayor left behind his equally POS brother whose now the Premier of Ontario and has successfully become even less popular than the unpopular previous premiere

  10. 0:08 I don't trust politicians who rely upon focus groups to sell an updated version of themselves that form fits the wishes of the mob. What of the mob wanted to bring back slavery? Is that the kind of politician you want as your representative? or would you want someone more like Winston Churchill? I know who I'd pick.

  11. 4:30 I would not trust Snopes to give me the correct time of day. They are staffed by progressive dingbats such as the "founder" who embezzled more than $100,000 to pay for a exotic trips with a stripper whom he later married (after divorcing his wife). One of their lead editors smokes pot and writes reviews for sex toys writing under the pseudonym Vice Vixen. With an award winning staff of writers like that, what could possibly go wrong?

  12. Kwame Kilpatrick, the former Detroit mayor, should of been added on this list, too. He way doing way too much during his term.

  13. I'm writing this comment before watching the video but if Donald Trump isn't somewhere on this list it's not a valid list.

  14. 8:52 You're showing your progressive bias Simon. Tax laws should be so simple that a child could understand and explain them. As it is the US tax code stands at about 20,000 pages and no one understands it, If you ask the IRS for advice, and they give you bad advice, they still consider it to be your fault.

    As far as benefiting the rich, the rich already pay most of the income taxes and the bottom 45% (or so) of income earners pay ZERO income tax. The Biblical president for paying taxes is exactly 10%, no more, no less, everyone pays. The poor widow pays her 2 pennies (Mark 12:42) and Bill Gates pays 2 billion (or whatever).

  15. Ok… so you're saying we should underestimate Boris Johnson as an intellectual buffoon?

    Interesting side note I once heard about Idi Amin – he tried to get asylum in the U.S. after he was ousted from Uganda; he claimed he wanted to join the P.B.A. (Professional Bowlers Association).

  16. If Obama is Black then how could Herman Cain be the only black person in the presidential race.maybe interpreted it wrong but I don't know

  17. Think you need a better fact checker… Ronald Regan was a movie star before the governor of California AND President of the US.

  18. Bruce J. Oreck should have made the list, he was a wonderful US ambassador to Finland, who loved to send Christmas cards where he flexes his muscles.

  19. Lmao he starts by talking about focus groups and handlers keeping a politician on track AND PUTS A PICTURE OF JOE BIDEN ON THE SCREEN!

  20. Come on Simon. Ronald Regan was an actor, before a politician. He was long before President Trump. Don’t let your left show so much.

    THe Crazy Colonel, Gadaffi claimed the entire Gulf of Sidra (sp?) as Libyan territory. Every patrol we made in the East Med we were required to “violate” his “Line of Death.” What a joke he was.

  21. And the brother of the crack smoking mayor of Toronto that helped him cover up his crimes is in jail and had to pay a fine… Naw I'm just shitting with you. He's actually in charge of the richest province in Canada (Ontario) and is driving spending up higher than the previous "corrupt" Liberal government.

  22. Idk about other leaders but this is propaganda against Ghaddfi. He was creating a currency that would've seperated Africa from the elites that own the world banks. All of a sudden he is a tyrant based on the media (which the elites own) because we know the media always tell the truth.

  23. Thanks for being nice to Boris. We had Tony Blair as Gaddafi's friend and mentor. Just because Blair thought it would increase his standing and it did the opposite.

  24. You can tell us over and over how bad Gaddafi was but he is not as evil as the terrorists who America has put in power now, woman and children were not being sold as slaves by the mad dog but they are now.

  25. You know you're living in a ghetto when the mayor is reelected after being caught smoking crack and blaming someone else for his actions.

  26. Boris Johnson handily winning the election has forced me to conceed that pop-media is something to be actively vilified. On the tail of not recognizing Trump's underdog popularity, the Johnson win proves that the CNNs and FOXs are so blatently oblivious to reality that to consider either organization credible news sources would be equal to wrapping ones head in bubble wrap and repeatedly smashing said head into a brick wall. I'm not picking a side between liberal or conservative media, all pop-media needs to ask whether their product actively lowers the IQ of otherwise competent consumers

  27. Just FYI, the image of "Rob Ford" between 2:25–2:38 (standing at the 680 News mic) is not Rob Ford. That is his older brother Doug Ford, the current Premier of the province of Ontario.

  28. Nothing on Chairman Mao or the Ayatollah? Or the nutcases that have been running North Korea in circles?

  29. Why did you use Joe Biden as your first picture of being clean and polished? Biden is an idiot, known for saying stupid things. Don’t tell me you channel is run by lefties?

  30. You said Boris is not to be thought of as a simple-minded buffoon… a minute after you said he would often forget which side he was on, and argue for the other one. Hmm.

  31. I always wanted to the bad guy in a james bond movie lol
    "Ah herr bond looks like you have found my nefarious hide out I'm trouble 07 ha har"

  32. 3:50 Several years ago I had the privilege of playing Barry in a political satire. Sadly, it was a family show so I couldn't utter his famous line.

  33. Sometimes it bothers me how superficial or glib your factoids come across in the face of the more complex realities of history. Case in point, …Muahmar Qaddafi. I don't doubt that he treated the women under him (pardon the wording) in such a cavalier manner…. but, while you insinuate that he was just "he was truly a terrible person overthrown by his people"…. don't forget that it was with the help of US bombers… which was at the behest of then US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton…President Obama has been quoted as saying that being talked into bombing Libya is the biggest regret of his presidency. Clinton did this with some pressure put on her by the european heads of state of France and Germany..the point, gold. It is said that Qaddafi had been moving to establish a pan african currency based on his gold supplies. US and european currencies are what are used in oil trading and any change to this would be a significant economic blow to those economies.This may seem conspiracy theory fodder… nontheless, what was left in the aftermath is a region of conflicting religiously extremist factions funded by the largest modern black slave trade on the continent of Africa.

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