Vice President Dick Cheney and Mr. Potter from “It’s a Wonderful Life” — separated at birth?

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Vice President Richard B. Cheney


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Henry F. Potter

from It’s a Wonderful Life

White haired, balding, bespectacled politician with extensive business interests which have made him a millionaire. Since working with Nixon in the ’60’s, he has been plotting to centralize the power of the Executive branch, something he’s arguably already accomplished as Vice President under George W. Bush.  Bio White haired, balding, bespectacled businessman with political influence. Since George Bailey’s father opened the Building and Loan, Potter has been plotting to centralize his power in Bedford Falls by taking it over. As Joseph tells Clarence, “That’s Henry F. Potter, the richest and meanest man in the county.”


(On Guantanamo Bay) “I think these people have been well treated, treated humanely and decently. Occasionally there are allegations of mistreatment. But if you trace those back, in nearly every case, it turns out to come from somebody who had been inside and been released by to their home country and now are peddling lies about how they were treated.”


Typical Evil Quote “You once called me a warped, frustrated, old man! What are you but a warped, frustrated young man? A miserable little clerk crawling in here on your hands and knees and begging for help. No securities, no stocks, no bonds. Nothin’ but a miserable little $500 equity in a life insurance policy. You’re worth more dead than alive!” 
“The Vice President subverted the national security interests of the United States by setting the stage for the loss of more than 3,300 United States service members; the loss of 650,000 Iraqi citizens since the United States invasion; the loss of approximately $500 billion in war costs which has increased our Federal debt; the loss of military readiness within the United States Armed Services due to overextension, lack of training and lack of equipment; the loss of United States credibility in world affairs; and the decades of likely blowback created by the invasion of Iraq.” -Rep. Dennis Kucinich in HR333, calling for the impeachment of VP Cheney


Criticism They’ve Received “You sit around here and you spin your little webs and you think the whole world revolves around you and your money. Well, it doesn’t, Mr. Potter. In the whole vast configuration of things, I’d say you were nothing but a scurvy little spider.” -George Bailey


“In Iraq, a ruthless dictator cultivated weapons of mass destruction and the means to deliver them. He gave support to terrorists, had an established relationship with al Qaeda, and his regime is no more.” –Nov. 7, 2003


A Diabolical Lie They’ve Told The Building and Loan misappropriated $8000.
Skipping the White House Christmas party to go hunting.


How They Like to Spend Christmas Making sure that damned George Bailey spends Christmas in jail!


If that isn’t enough evidence for you, take a look at this still from a scene that was deleted from the original movie.

Potter_and_Trustees with text

7 thoughts on “Vice President Dick Cheney and Mr. Potter from “It’s a Wonderful Life” — separated at birth?

  1. I never even realized the George Sr. and George Jr. (Bush or Bailey — G.B. either way!) implications until rereading it just now…damn, this thing goes deep!

  2. Absolutely spot on! This was a prescient post because today (Inauguration Day) Cheney took the last step and transformed completely into Mr. Potter. Even the cane! But George Bailey won out again in the form of Barack Obama! Sorry, Dick Potter (ewwww, gross name) you can go wheel off into obscurity.

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