- 1 Before Presidency
- 2 1952 Campaign and Election
- 3 First Term
- 4 1956 Campaign and Reelection
- 5 Second Term
- 6 1960 Campaign and Reelection
- 7 Third Term
- 8 Other Acts as President
- 9 After Presidency
- 10 Sean Bond Memorial
- 11 The Sean Bond Doctrine
Sean Bond was the son of President Clarence Bond, and would be only the second son of a president to be elected president. Bond grew up in Quentinsburgh and graduated from Read University in 1934 with a major in architectural engineering and a minor in political science. He moved to Trenchent (City) and started an architecture firm, Bond Harnett Architecture, with Jennifer Harnett, a friend from college.
"I'd always been interested in politics, partially because of my dad," Bond would explain later in a speech during his candidacy, "but I never thought I'd end up doing it for a living."
In 1945, dissatisfied with the growing partisan division he saw his dad facing as president and that he saw around him in Trenchent state, Bond would run for Trenchent State Executive. Joining the race late and running as an independent against incumbent Leah Moffet (the Freedemian Party nominee) and the relatively popular Carlos Putnam (the Conservative Party nominee), he ran on a platform of looking at each issue from a nonpartisan perspective to get the best solution for the people of Trenchent. (There were other independent nominees and Samuel Ghanola, the Freedemian Centrist Party's nominee, but none of them really had a strong chance in the election. Ghanola would later accuse Bond of taking his support, as Bond was a member of the Freedemian Centrist Party despite running as an independent.) Bond's message resonated, and he pulled an upset in a very close race, winning 34% to 33% (Moffet) to 32% (Putnam). He would be reelected in 1948 and 1950 as the Freedemian Centrist Party's nominee. Bond would greatly help improve infrastructure in Trenchent, such as overseeing the creation of LART in Trenchent (City) and Los Lagos and improving the rail connection from Los Lagos to Quentinsburgh. He would also be a large part of the creation of new hospitals in underserved areas and approving new technical and research universities such as Trenchent Technical Institute, Trenchent Research University, and Los Lagos State Technical University.
Sean Bond is perhaps most well known for his opposition to partisan politics. While technically a card carrying member of the Freedemian Centrist Party, he never fully identified with any party. Bond was much more of a centrist than his father Clarence Bond, and generally ran on his own platform of stances thought out without dependence on the Freedemian Centrist Party's platform. From the time he was elected as Trenchent Executive, he advocated for an end to partisanship. By 1950, he was actively pushing for the banning of political parties, pointing to the divisiveness caused by President Heinz Doofenschmidt and the Tri-State Party and even the division under his dad Clarence Bond from the Freedemian, Conservative, and Freedemian Centrist parties. While Bond believed that the Freedemian Centrist Party was doing the best job of being nonpartisan due to their centrist policies that aligned with both the Freedemian and Conservative parties, Bond believed that the existence of parties and the recent introduction of funding to partisan politics was contributing to further division and stagnation which was growing by the year. Even as Trenchent Executive he started advocating on the national stage for an amendment banning political parties, largely angering his own party. He got the movement started, and several other names across the nation, including his future VP Oliver Slaney, began showing support for such an Amendment. However, being only part of the Trenchent state government, Bond didn't have the power to do anything more at the time.
1952 Campaign and Election
"Fond of Bond" slogan/commercials
Back in 1948, Heinz Doofenschmidt had been a pioneer in political advertising, having been the first candidate in Freedemian history to take advantage of television as a way to get the word out. However, in 1952, Sean Bond successfully outdid Doofenschmidt in marketing, with a new ad campaign known as "Fond of Bond". While the official slogan was still "Leadership to get it right", "Fond of Bond" quickly rose to national prominence through the jingle and television ads as an unofficial slogan.
Lyrics to Jingle
("Leadership to get it right, that's why we want Sean Bond!")
"Are you tired of all the say and lack of all the do?"
"Sean Bond's a nonpartisan guy who wants to work for you!"
"In his life work there lies a record proven through and through, "
"A leader who can bring an independent point of view."
"Do you want to cast your vote for tomorrow, and beyond?"
"Leadership to get it right, That's why we're Fond of Bond!!"
"Are you tired of those in charge who never get things done?"
"Or do you want the current mess to continue on and on?"
"Let's turn the page on a new way, A brand new day to dawn,"
"Leadership to get it right, That's why we're Fond of Bond!!!"
"Get out and cast your vote today, Let's show we're Fond of Bond!!!"
(Sean Bond for President! VOTE TODAY!!!)
Despite Heinz Doofenschmidt's surprisingly high presidential approval ratings despite the Tri-State scandal, Sean Bond crushed Heinz Doofenschmidt's quest for reelection, after Doofenschmidt lost the majority of the populations of every highly populated state in Freedemia affected by the Tri-State Scandal, home to about half the population, by a landslide. Doofenschmidt had been relying on making second place to go for a runoff for president, but came in a disappointing third. Sean Bond received 40% of the vote and Oliver Slaney edged out Doofenschmidt to get 27% of the vote compared to Doof's 25%. (Xavier Jernistan and Stanford Flynn ran again as well, but Jernistan only received 5% of the vote, and Flynn a measly 3%.)
1956 Campaign and Reelection
In 1956, Sean Bond faced a growing opposition from the Freedemian Centrist Party establishment as he fought harder to end political parties. The Freedemian Centrist Party actually ran another candidate against him who made the top five, Charlotte Johannason, but she would come in last in the election. Sean Bond's biggest competition was from Lionel Portman, the Freedemian Party nominee, and Natalie Sherman, the Conservative Party nominee. Luckily for Sean Bond, the growing opposition from within his party's leaders did not reflect the feelings of the rest of the nation. Other than from diehard partisans, Bond was seen across the board as the best or one of the best president to date by most of the country, especially with voters frustrated about partisan politics. Bond would win the election in a landslide, managing to get 79% of the vote in a five way race. Oliver Slaney, who ran as an independent instead of a Conservative Party member, would barely keep the Vice Presidential spot by getting 7.9%, while Sherman and Portman would tie with 5.9% each. Johannason would only get 1.3% of the vote.
Revised "Fond of Bond" commercials
In the 1956 election, the same melody and slogan ("Fond of Bond") were used in Bond's campaign ads. However, they were modified to reflect the fact that Bond had been successful for his first term, making the parts of the original 1952 ad about do-nothing partisan politicians pretty irrelevant. The new version focused on how well Bond was doing, which is part of the reason the modified ad campaign became "We're Still Fond of Bond!"
Lyrics to Jingle
("Leadership that gets it right, Yes, we're still Fond of Bond!")
"Great presidents through history are really pretty few,"
"But our Sean Bond's a president who really works for you!"
"In the last four years Bond has proven himself through and through,"
"A leader who has brought an independent point of view."
"Let's keep the progress going tomorrow, and beyond?"
"We've done great for the last four years, and we're still Fond of Bond!!"
"We've come far, Freedemia! But there's still more to do!"
"Let's take a stand with Sean Bond to see the progress through!"
"Let's turn the page on a new way, A brand new day to dawn,"
"Leadership that gets it right, Yes, we're still Fond of Bond!!!"
"Get out and cast your vote to show that we're still Fond of Bond!!!"
(Reelect Sean Bond for President! VOTE TODAY!!!)
Upon election, he actually resigned his membership in the Freedemian Centrist Party and pushed harder for Amendment 13, an amendment banning political parties and implied political parties.
1960 Campaign and Reelection
Other Acts as President
Sean Bond Memorial
The Sean Bond Doctrine