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    Quote Originally Posted by Themrys View Post
    Wait, they predicted that there would be a lesbian president before Lisa? (Because the "straight" seems an unnecessary addition if she was the first female president ever)

    Now, that does seem unlikely, but with zero female presidents as of yet, it might still happen.
    I suspect that that line was intended as a joke at the expense of another prominent political figure, who I shall not name for forum rules reasons but is probably not that hard to guess at.

    Also, bearing in mind that Lisa was either 7 or 8 at the time the "prediction" was made (2000), Lisa can't become president until, at the earliest, 2029 (being the first inauguration after the first election in which she'd be eligible). That would make sense with the timeline in the episode.

    If we assume that Lisa followed Trump directly (which was the implication in the episode) then for the "prediction" to come true, Trump would have to still be president at the time of the 2028 election, which is only constitutionally possible if he serves nonconsecutive terms, and then the president from 2021-25 would have to be a non-straight woman to fulfil the other part of the "prediction". All of which seems, for various reasons, vanishingly improbable.

    So in fact the "prediction" was wrong anyway
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    Quote Originally Posted by Themrys
    Wait, they predicted that there would be a lesbian president before Lisa?
    Yes, there was a line in Moe's Tavern, where Future Lenny says, "Don't blame me, I voted for Chastity Bono!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aedilred View Post
    Also, bearing in mind that Lisa was either 7 or 8 at the time the "prediction" was made (2000), Lisa can't become president until, at the earliest, 2029 (being the first inauguration after the first election in which she'd be eligible). That would make sense with the timeline in the episode.
    You aren't quoting a character's age in a certain year as evidence for something on a show where none of the characters ever age, are you?
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    You aren't quoting a character's age in a certain year as evidence for something on a show where none of the characters ever age, are you?
    A show that has rebooted the canon for how the child's parents met every 10 years or so. Except when they don't acknowledge it.

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    The world is a lot more predictable than most people give it credit. You just need a little experience and a watchful eye.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KillianHawkeye View Post
    You aren't quoting a character's age in a certain year as evidence for something on a show where none of the characters ever age, are you?
    The characters never age in our terms, but the episodes are always set in the contemporary-at-release "present", except when they're explicitly not. For the purposes of an individual episode, time passes and is expected to pass normally. When events from the future or past are shown, the characters are aged correspondingly. Sometimes they even specify a year - Lisa's Wedding, for instance, which is explicitly set in 2010, released in 1995, and the characters are all aged up by 15 years.

    So I think it's fair. Otherwise Lisa could never be President anyway, because she'd never get beyond 8.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aedilred View Post
    So I think it's fair. Otherwise Lisa could never be President anyway, because she'd never get beyond 8.
    Until they get her of the growth inhibiting meds at any rate.

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