Welcome to The Indecision 11, our soft-hitting — caressing, really — politics questionnaire for smart, funny people. This week: Andrew Jenks, filmmaker and man-about-media who's covering the 2012 election for our friends at MTV's Power of 12 campaign. He's also the host of "World of Jenks," a documentary series that returns to MTV this fall in a new one-hour format. Jenks made his first feature documentary, HBO's "Room 335," when he was 19 years old; critics called it things like "gorgeous" and "hilarious" and they were right. Keep up: @AndrewJenks.
What's your earliest political memory?
Easy: Lake George, New York, tiny house, on the porch around 6 p.m. I was about nine years old, watching television with my Grandad while Tom Brokaw or someone was trying to find choice words to explain what happened with Bill Clinton and Monica in the Oval Office. At a certain point, Grandad started to sweat and turned off the TV. I had a feeling this politics thing was worth looking into.
What do you think of people who don't vote?
They're probably working–the election is held on a Tuesday.
If you could meet any political figure, living or dead, who would it be?
I am sure Lincoln, Washington, FDR and Reagan are all good choices, but I'd love to play basketball with Obama, smoke cigarettes, drink $20 coffee and talk world domination in the Situation Room. Then we could sip whisky and play poker, deciding if the prez should take Air Force One or just a chopper to tomorrow's meeting.
You're trapped in an elevator with the president. Strangely enough, you also have a superpower: the ability to make him do one thing of your choosing. What would you have him do?
I'd ask, "So let's be honest, you were really born in Jersey and just didn't want to tell anyone."
Have you ever supported a candidate, issue or campaign and regretted it later?
I always supported gay rights but now the traffic from those parades are killing me.
If you ran for office, what would your campaign slogan be?
"America runs on Dunkin."
Who do you follow on Twitter for politics news?
Single daughters of politicians.
Fill in the blank: Washington, D.C. is __________________.
Not a part of any U.S. state. No, seriously, Google it.
Who is the sleaziest person in politics?
Depends how you define the word 'is.'
Who's the sexiest person in politics?
Clarence Thomas. Especially with the glasses. And then the robe… game over.
Tell us a joke.
I once lived with a comedian and tried stand-up and was booed off stage. So I am not falling for that crap again.
But that's why I couldn't be president.
Recent presidents have been able to get up on stage and tell a quality joke or even laugh at themselves. Reagan, Clinton, Bush, Obama. All were quite comfortable in their own shoes. One was a movie star, another was making love wherever he felt like it, and the other two never thought they would actually win in the first place.
Their opponents? Gore (didn't they compare him to a tree?), Kerry (I am already bored), Carter (remember him sermonizing on TV? I don't, but my dad told me), Dole (just the name), and maybe there's a reason Bush Sr. never got a second term (he looked at his watch during one of the debates).
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Previously: Kurt Braunohler
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