|45th and 47th President of the United States|
January 20, 2021 – January 20, 2025
|Vice President||Jonah Ryan (2021–???)|
Unknown (until 2025)
|Preceded by||Laura Montez|
|Succeeded by||Eventually Kemi Talbot|
January 24, 2016 – January 20, 2017
|Vice President||None (Jan-Feb. 2016)|
Andrew Doyle (2016–2017)
|Preceded by||Stuart Hughes|
|Succeeded by||Laura Montez|
|47th Vice President of the United States|
January 20, 2013 – January 24, 2016
|Succeeded by||Andrew Doyle|
|United States Senator|
January 3, 2003 – January 20, 2013
|Preceded by||Bobby Esposito|
|Member of the|
U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 14th District
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2003
|Preceded by||Porter Marshall|
|Born||Selina Catherine Eaton|
February 25, 1967 (disputed)
Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
|Resting place||Meyer Presidential Library|
|Spouse(s)||Andrew Meyer (divorced)|
|Alma mater||Smith College|
|Awards||Peace Summit Award (2020)|
|“||Someone needs to do something about this.||”|
|This article is part of a series about |
|Political positions • Electoral history • Family
|Vice President of the United States|
Clean Jobs Bill • Get Moving! • Uzbek hostage crisis • 2015 U.S. government shutdown
|President of the United States|
1st inauguration • 2nd inauguration
Joint session address • Medileaks scandal • Families First Bill • 2016 U.S. banking crisis • Death of Hamza Al Bashir • Independence of Tibet
2008 • 2012 (Primaries) • 2012 VP campaign (Selection, Convention, Election)
2016 (Primaries, Convention, Election, Nevada recount)
2020 (Primaries, Convention, Election, Chinese election interference)
|Some New Beginnings • A Woman First|
Trips taken • Residences • Controversies • Meyer Fund • Selina Meyer Presidential Library • Death and state funeral
Selina Catherine Meyer (née Eaton; February 25, 1967 – 2045) was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 45th and 47th president of the United States. She was the first woman to serve as president and vice president, and the second president to serve two non-consecutive terms in office (2016–17 and 2021–25). Prior to this, she served as the 47th vice president of the United States under President Stuart Hughes from 2013 to 2016, a United States senator and a United States Representative from Maryland.
Meyer's political career began in the early 1990s. After running unsuccessfully for Maryland State Senate, Meyer was eventually elected to Congress in 1998 and later served as a U.S. Senator for two terms. She campaigned for president unsuccessfully in 2008 and later again in the 2012 presidential election, where she gained attention as a rising star within the party. She ultimately came in third in the primaries, losing to Stuart Hughes. She was asked by Hughes to serve as his running mate, and the Hughes-Meyer ticket would go on to win the election, with Meyer being sworn-in as vice president on January 20, 2013. During her tenure as vice president, Meyer worked diligently on the Clean Jobs Bill, held budget talks that ultimately led to the 2015 government shutdown, and was involved in the freeing of the hostages during the Uzbek hostage crisis, which was later embroiled in scandal when it was revealed one of the hostages was a U.S. spy. When Hughes announced he would not seek re-election, she subsequently campaigned in the 2016 presidential election. After three years of serving as his vice president, she ascended to the presidency after his resignation on January 24, 2016.
Meyer served as president for the remaining year of Hughes' term while simultaneously campaigning in the 2016 presidential election. During this brief tenure, Meyer made a historic trip to Iran to free a detained American reporter; the first time a president had visited Iran since Jimmy Carter in 1977. Meyer was also heavily involved in the drafting of the controversial and unsuccessful Families First Bill. In October 2016, an investigation in the House of Representatives was launched after allegations surfaced that Meyer's campaign purposely got the bill to fail due to it's unpopularity. Her administration was also caught in the middle of the Medileaks scandal, in which her administration was accused of hacking the medical and social security records of a child. After securing the party nomination in the 2016 presidential primaries, Meyer and her running mate Connecticut Senator Tom James faced off against Arizona Senator Bill O'Brien in the general election. However, after the Electoral College gridlocked and the House of Representatives failed to choose a president, Meyer ultimately lost the presidency to Laura Montez.
Meyer left office in January 2017. After leaving office, Meyer briefly ran the Meyer Fund, which found itself under intense scrutiny from the FBI years later for allegations of financial misappropriation. Meyer again ran for president in the 2020 presidential primaries, her fourth consecutive presidential campaign. After a close primary fight against New York Senator Kemi Talbot, Meyer accepted the party nomination at the brokered 2020 National Convention, selecting former New Hampshire Congressman Jonah Ryan as her running mate. The Meyer-Ryan ticket defeated Laura Montez in the general election. Meyer's election in 2020 was partially responsible through interference from the Chinese government.
Meyer would go on to serve a full term as president from 2021 to 2025. During her second term as president, she controversially repealed same-sex marriage. Meyer would've been eligible to seek re-election in the 2024 presidential election, but for whatever reason she was not elected to another term; whether that be an intentional decision or running another failed presidential campaign is unknown. After spending 20 years out of office, Meyer died in 2045. Despite being hailed as the first female president and vice president, she is generally considered to be one of the most ineffective presidents in American history and her presidency is usually ranked among the worst. Meyer's most noteworthy achievements are said to be the temporary independence of Tibet until it returned to Chinese sovereignty in the early 2020s, as well as the repeal of same-sex marriage.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Legislative career
- 3 Vice President (2013–2016)
- 4 First term as president (2016–2017)
- 5 Return to private life (2017–2021)
- 6 Full term as president (2021–2025)
- 7 Later years
- 8 Legacy
- 9 Political positions
- 10 Electoral history
- 11 Trivia
- 12 References
- 13 See also
- 14 Offices and distinctions
Early life[edit | edit source]
Selina Catherine Eaton was born to Catherine Calvert Eaton and businessman Gordon Dunn Eaton in Palm Beach, Florida. Eaton's birthdate is officially listed as February 25, 1967, though some have speculated that she may be older or possibly younger.
Eaton was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. While she was a child, Eaton had a pony named Ladypepper. It is later claimed that she begged her father to get her a horse named 'Chicklet' and he did, telling Eaton: "Squirrel, you're an intense little girl, and now you finally have a friend." Her father eventually sold her horse to get the IRS off his back, though Eaton was told that her mother sold her horse.
Eaton's political career was sparked by her father, who introduced her to President Richard Nixon at his 1973 inaugural ball, and told Eaton that, like Nixon, she was not well-liked but she was respected.
She had a difficult relationship with her exacting and controlling mother, who criticized her weight and would not let her use the "good" piano; this is something she remembers with bitterness at her mother's funeral. Eaton grew up believing that her father was a good person, but later came to the realization that he was even worse than her mother, finding out that he sold her horse to the IRS, had his secretary buy gifts for her, and was cheating on her mother.
In 1979, her father had a heart attack and died while having sex with his secretary in the barn that used to hold Eaton's horse. Eaton was told he died while overseas for business. Eaton was blamed by her mother for his death.
While Eaton grew up in Maryland, she attended boarding school out of state. In 1985, Eaton was admitted to Smith College in Massachusetts. She pursued political science her freshman year because of a boy she had a crush on. She was good friends with Regina Pell during this time, and Regina would recall that they shared a sexually charged moment during their junior year.
It was during her senior year at Smith that Eaton met businessman Andrew Meyer. They moved into an apartment together in a sketchy neighborhood in New Haven in the fall of 1988. Eaton graduated from Smith in spring 1989 and would later go on to Yale. Eaton and Andrew Meyer would marry in the late 1980s/early 1990s, with Eaton taking his name, becoming "Selina Meyer".
Meyer would go on to pursue a career as a lawyer. In the early 1990s, she established a firm with her colleagues Anna, Sarah, and Deborah. It was during her time as a lawyer that she met and became friends with Karen Collins.
Meyer and Andrew's daughter, Catherine Selina Meyer, was born in 1994. Meyer took time off from her law practice to have Catherine. It was on the day that Catherine was born that Meyer met Gary Walsh and decided that she wanted to pursue a career in politics.
1996 congressional campaign[edit | edit source]
After vowing to run for congress after the birth of Catherine, Meyer decided to run in the 1996 congressional election for Maryland's (fictional) 14th district.
The seat had been dominated by Conrad Boyle, who had represented the 14th Congressional District of Maryland for 32 terms. Boyle died weeks before election day in 1996, launching a frenzy as to who would succeed him.
Meyer goes into detail about her 1996 congressional race in her 2018 memoir A Woman First: First Woman. Her opponent, Porter Marshall, was an African American veteran who was a regular churchgoer, taught Sunday School, and even built orphanages in Haiti. According to Meyer, "[Marshall] crowded about my having had to take the bar exam so many times, on how few actual clients I had and how rarely I had prevailed in court, and most underhanded of all, he convinced the Baltimore Sun to run an article about my DUIs and featuring a very unflattering mug shot."
During the race, Meyer and her campaign were struggling to find anything to attack Marshall on. At one point, Andrew was able to find a gay pornstar named Rod Longpole, who apparently looked identical to Porter Marshall, and sent tapes to the local press hoping to damage Marshall's lead in the polls. This ultimately backfired as Meyer's campaign had their fingerprints all over it. Despite this, Meyer did receive the endorsement of Rod Longpole.
Meyer claimed that the majority of her base were addicted to crack-cocaine, and that a bad patch had been poisoned before election day. According to Meyer, some blamed Marshall for the poisoned crack. Meyer would end up losing the election, and blamed her base of crack-users for not coming out on election day. She has said that she is an opponent of drugs for that very reason.
Her loss triggered a mental breakdown which resulted in her temporarily being institutionalized at the Whispering Sands Wellness Center. During this time, Meyer says she went to a "spa". According to Meyer, the press regarded her as "Selina Vanderbilt" because of her loss.
1998 congressional campaign[edit | edit source]
In 1998, Congressman Porter Marshall died in a helicopter crash while bringing food and medicine to Honduras after deadly mudslides. Meyer would run for the seat.
During the campaign, Andrew was sleeping with her press secretary at the time, and blamed Meyer for it. Meyer made Andrew fire her and would replace her with Mike McLintock. It was a very close race, and people criticized Meyer for being cold and unrelatable. Her opponent was "some old white guy". Meyer would go on to win the election.
Legislative career[edit | edit source]
U.S. House of Representatives (1999–2003)[edit | edit source]
Meyer was sworn into Congress on January 3, 1999.
Meyer would later describe the reality of Congress to be a "crushing blow", remarking on how "uncool" the House of Representatives is, describing the other members as "nerds" who had bad breath, unsavory fashion choices and terrible hair. She would also remark the lousy pay compared to other political positions.
In her autobiography, Meyer recalls several moments standing out to her: "I remember Representative Langon Kruger of Nebraska cornering me in the cloakroom and going on and on about why I had to vote for some place or another to become a National Grassland and thinking 'My God, this is actually important to this guy.' That was eye-opening. And of course Representative Dan Chase of the West Palm Beach area, remember him? We went to Italy on a fact-finding trip together, and he introduced me to a lot of women I later learned were prostitutes. So in this way I put in my pocket the gold coin of experience--the only coin that may never be seen."
In 2002, the senior Senator from Maryland, Bobby Esposito, was shot to death by his wife. Meyer decided to run for the open seat, citing her reasoning as the following: "Ask yourself, which would you rather have: a job where you have to get elected every two years, you have no power, and there's more than four hundred gross dweebs and small-town nobodies fighting for attention, or a job as a senator?"
On election night 2002, Meyer won the election with the smallest number of votes in Senate history.
U.S. Senate (2003–2013)[edit | edit source]
Once in the Senate, Meyer would remark a similar feeling of disappointment, and claimed to be "bored of out my skull".
In 2003, Meyer would be joined by newcomer Amy Brookheimer, who would prove to be one of her longtime confidantes.
Meyer would divorce Andrew early into her first term as Senator, while keeping his last name. During her time in the Senate, she became close with Mike, who implied that she drank heavily during this time.
In 2004, Meyer and Connecticut Senator Tom James had a "sexually-charged moment" after the "Sharply Debate". Meyer is offended when, twelve years later, Tom has no idea what she was talking about.
Meyer's first run for the presidency was in 2008, when she decided to run in the 2008 presidential election. She announced at the birthplace of Susan B. Anthony in Adams, Massachusetts, but apparently didn't pay the cost of the announcement. She didn't go far in the primaries and ran for re-election in the Senate instead.
Senator Meyer ran again for president in the 2012 election, and was somewhat more successful her second time around. Although she came in third in Iowa, Meyer won the New Hampshire primary and was considered a rising star in the party. However, she did very poorly on Super Tuesday, losing Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, and Guam. With no way forward, Meyer suspended her campaign.
According to Mike, the two biggest mistakes of her primary campaign was she "looked tired and the hat. The hat hurt us". The two biggest mistakes according to Dan were that she "spent too much time in New Hampshire and the attack ads in Oregon came up way too soon. It made you look mean before you had to be mean." According to Meyer, she spoke in favor of immigration amnesty all throughout the primary campaign.
After ultimately losing in the primaries, Meyer was approached months before the convention about becoming running mate for Michigan Governor and soon-to-be party nominee Stuart Hughes during a hostile hotel conference. Meyer claims that one of the reasons she joined Hughes on the ticket was because he looked like a "fossil" and his appearance would make her look younger by comparison. Hughes and Meyer accepted the party nomination for president and vice president at the 2012 National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
In the general election campaign, Meyer became bitter with Hughes' senior strategist Kent Davison, primarily for forcing Meyer to appear more familial with her ex-husband Andrew, including a trip going river rafting, where Meyer at night had to hear "Andrew banging that skank on the riverbank". It was later revealed that Andrew's firm funded both sides in the general election.
Meyer would later recall the vice presidential debate in the election, against her vice presidential challenger Abraham Buttrick: "[It] consisted mostly of his extended recounting of his time as a POW in Vietnam and the terrible things that were done to him during it, which I was too respectful of the sacrifices of our brave men and women in uniform to interrupt but which didn't seem to help his side much."
Hughes and Meyer ultimately won the election. On the night of the victory, Davison put Andrew on stage, with Meyer angry because it was her night, according to Meyer.
Vice President (2013–2016)[edit | edit source]
See also: Vice presidency of Selina Meyer
Meyer was sworn in as vice president in a private ceremony on January 20, 2013. Her first day as vice president, Meyer was blindsided when President Hughes reneged on his promise to give her an office in the West Wing, and instead moves her to the Eisenhower Building.
Because January 20 was a Sunday, the public inauguration was held on January 21. Meyer was sworn in on a bible that was "hastily purchased for the occasion at a Georgetown used bookstore." Catherine held the bible, but was shivering uncontrollably in the 28 degree weather, and Meyer would recall "I barely managed to get through the oath without her dropping it."
Over the course of 2013, Meyer worked extensively on the Clean Jobs Bill, a piece of legislation Meyer wanted to be considered her legacy. However, after Hughes wanted the Fiscal Responsibility Bill to be passed as soon as possible, he chose to disregard nine other pieces of legislation, which would include the Clean Jobs Bill.
In order to preserve the bulk of what was in the Clean Jobs Bill, Meyer wanted to include several parts of the provision to the Fiscal Responsibility Bill, to be known as the McCauley Amendment for which she votes against in order to ensure the Hughes' trust in her. Revelations regarding Meyer's involvement in the McCauley Amendment would be discovered by Roger Furlong, who planned on launching an investigation into the vice president's misdoings, but ultimately was unable to following the party's losses in the 2014 midterm elections.
The office of the vice president was later held up in another scandal when Meyer's Chief of Staff, Amy Brookheimer, reassigned a smiling Secret Service agent. Meyer later found out she was pregnant with Ted Cullen's child, which would later be miscarried. Brookheimer claimed the miscarriage was her own to deflect scrutiny from Meyer.
In December 2013, Meyer's unpopularity gave her a 66% disapproval rating. Meyer was disappointed, with rumors circulating that Hughes was going to replace her on the ticket with someone like Minnesota Governor Danny Chung, whom Meyer accidentally insinuated couldn't be president in a hot-mic situation in October 2013. After Ohio gubernatorial candidate Furlong indicated he didn't want her endorsement, Meyer gave a heartfelt interview where she cried. Despite achieving a boost in popularity, the interviewer later leaked that Meyer's tears were manipulated by her staff.
In the run-up to the 2014 midterm elections, Meyer mounted a cross-country bus tour for various party candidates, including Roger Furlong. Meyer's party performed disastrously, but President Hughes noticed that Meyer has a 0.9% lead over him campaign-wise; as a result, he gave her more authority in foreign policy.
Stemming from Hughes' promise, Meyer was given prominence in the unfolding Uzbek hostage crisis, which lasted several months. Meyer was frustrated with Hughes' and Kent Davison's perceived inaction on the hostage crisis. In January 2015, Meyer was given a tour of Quantico with Hughes' Defense Secretary George Maddox. Controversy emerged after some claimed that the administration wasn't on the same page regarding the crisis, with Maddox, Meyer, and Hughes all using different terms to describe the reaction to the crisis.
On January 6, 2015, a military mission resulted in all of the hostages being freed, with one sergeant losing his leg. This fact would haunt Meyer. In the days following the crisis, the Meyer team would be chided for a photo being released by the Hughes administration showing Meyer on her phone while the hostages are freed.
In January 2015, Meyer attended a function in Helsinki, Finland, with Finnish Prime Minister Minna Häkkinen, as Hughes was unable to attend. During her absence in D.C., it's revealed to members of the Hughes administration that one of the hostages in the Uzbek hostage crisis was a spy, and that members of the administration went on record denying it even though they knew it. Senior Strategist Kent Davison orders polling to be done, and Meyer's director of communications, Mike McLintock, accidentally emails the polling out of the administration--making it public. Departing from Helsinki, Meyer accidentally reaffirms allegiance to the White House.
With the administration under fire from the fallout of the spy story, Meyer conducted budget talks with House Majority Leader Mary King to prevent the government from shutting down. Meyer is able to work a deal with King, negotiating at Catherine Meyer's 21st birthday party. However, to distract from the spy story, Hughes rejected the budget deal Meyer and King negotiated, leading to a government shutdown in March 2015. During the shutdown, Hughes gives an interview where he apparently blames Meyer for the shutdown.
With Meyer's image growing more and more toxic, her staff orchestrated an interview with Janet Ryland, who kept insisting if Meyer knew anything about the spy. During the filming of the interview, the shutdown was announced to be over. With the interview doing nothing to rehab Meyer's image, Dan Egan told Meyer to do something bold, inspiring Meyer to reveal that she had knowledge that one of the spies was a hostage and apologizes on behalf of the administration. Despite lying about her knowledge, her genuineness wins favor with the general public.
Acting off the newfound popularity of the Janet Ryland interview, Meyer and her associates began meeting with donors about a possible run for president in 2020. At a hotel in D.C., Meyer sustained minor injuries after walking through a glass door. This resulted in members of Hughes' administration, namely Chief of Staff Ben Cafferty, suspicious of her whereabouts and rumors that Meyer would challenge Hughes in the 2016 primaries.
In April 2015, the House Judiciary Committee, now controlled by the opposition, issued subpoena's toward the Hughes administration, now that it is known they had full knowledge one of the hostages was a spy. A whistleblower came forward, leading to discussions of an impeachment vote, resulting in the Senate and the House after Hughes.
Tired of her lack of power and constant belittlement at his hand, Meyer revealed to her staff that she would not run for re-election with Hughes. With notable party figures such as Andrew Doyle and Danny Chung turning on him, Hughes privately revealed to Meyer that he will not be seeking a second term in an effort to evade impeachment, resulting in Meyer's private decision to run for the nomination in 2016 herself.
In June 2015, Some New Beginnings: Our Next American Journey, officially written by Meyer, was published. Meyer used the book tour to court possible Iowa caucus voters. Meanwhile, Secretary of Defense George Maddox announced his resignation. Meyer, fearing his run for president because he would be a big challenge to hers, used the crowd reaction at the funeral of Iowa senator Rick Cowgill to reaffirm her decision to run. Shortly after, President Hughes officially announced he would not seek re-election, leading to an empty field heading into the 2016 presidential primaries.
On October 18, 2015, Meyer formally announced her candidacy for the presidency at a campaign event in Annapolis, Maryland. The campaign's headquarters were established in Maryland. Meyer was considered an early favorite to win the primaries, but faced competition from George Maddox, Minnesota Governor Danny Chung, and ex-baseball manager Joe Thornhill, the latter of whom takes Meyer's first choice for campaign manager: Bill Ericsson. Meyer didn't officially name a campaign manager until November 2015 when she gave the spot to Dan Egan. He was replaced by Amy Brookheimer a month later.
In November 2015, Meyer became close with Ray Whelans, a personal trainer recommended by Gary Walsh. The relationship would become sexual. In December 2015, Maddox campaign aide Jonah Ryan would unearth Whelans' online beliefs, which include a long history of fat shaming. Meyer would have Whelans fired. While it was initially denied that Whelans had no influence over Meyer's decisions, the extent of their relationship would be revealed in an October 2018 leak.
In the lead-up to the December 2015 primary debate, Meyer unveiled a new hairdo, which was subject to widespread ridicule. During the debate, Meyer attempted to reinforce her three R's--Reform, Reaffirm, Renew--but forgot the third R and replaced it with Repel. Her three R's turned out to be quite popular. She polled in second place after the debate, behind only Thornhill.
In the first contests of the primaries season, Meyer lost Iowa to Joe Thornhill. The Meyer campaign began placing heavy emphasis on the New Hampshire primary. Meyer had previously won New Hampshire in the 2012 primaries. On January 23, 2016, Meyer recorded an interview with Quincy Carter. After he left his phone in her office, Meyer and her associates were caught on recording calling her financial donors idiots. This led to widespread condemnation, with Meyer believing that her chances of achieving the nomination are dead.
In the month prior, Edna Hughes had attempted suicide, a fact that was withheld from the public. On January 23, 2016, after Edna Hughes was admitted to the George Washington University Hospital, President Hughes announced that he would be resigning. Meyer found this out from Hughes' senior strategist Kent Davison at a community center in New Hampshire. Meyer and her team flew back to Washington, D.C.. Per the Presidential Line of Succession, Meyer was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on January 24, 2016.
First term as president (2016–2017)[edit | edit source]
See also: Presidencies of Selina Meyer
Selina Meyer's presidency began at noon on January 24, 2016. Immediately after assuming office, Meyer addressed the nation, accidentally wearing squeaky shoes, which soon became the subject of ridicule.
Meyer's initial presidential blunders, such as the accidental firing of Leslie Kerr, cast a shadow on her chances of winning the upcoming New Hampshire primary. After discovering that she had misspoke during her swearing in, House Speaker Jim Marwood demanded that she redo the swearing in. Meyer decides to redo the swearing in at a New Hampshire factory the day before the primary.
On January 26, 2016, Meyer came in third in the New Hampshire primary, an unexpected loss due to Meyer's sudden assumption of power and her success in the state four years earlier. Meyer and her staff officially transferred to the West Wing on January 27. Meyer brought her mother, Catherine Eaton, to the oval office on January 28.
Meyer named Senator Andrew Doyle to be her Vice President and he was confirmed by the Senate in February 2016.
In February 2016, Meyer delivered a speech to a joint session of Congress. During the speech, she accidentally confirmed to continue Hughes' old spending plans. Meyer also began drafting the Families First Bill to improve the lives of impoverished families.
On February 25, 2016, Meyer hosted Israeli Prime Minister Ben-Haim and was able to negotiate a peace deal. News of the deal was overshadowed by news that Meyer removed a painting done by a Native American artist.
In March 2016, the Meyer administration was caught in a scandal the press would regard as the Medileaks scandal. The scandal involved the administration and the presidential campaign hacking the medical records of a young girl and using child mortality data from the same breach for a flyer deliberately sent to bereaved parents. On March 28, 2016, Dan Egan was scapegoated for overseeing the hack.
Meyer embarked on a 10-day "world peace tour" in April 2016, visiting countries such as Israel, Jordan, and Egypt. Having such success on the tour, Meyer made the decision to delay the freeing of detained reporter Leon West for an extra day on the tour. It is later revealed that the tour was very popular and could've contributed to her securing the party nomination.
Meyer was formally nominated at the 2016 National Convention in July 2016. During the event, Vice President Andrew Doyle discovered the truth behind Meyer's involvement in the Medileaks scandal. As a result, he would inform her that he would be leaving the ticket. Meyer quickly vetted many candidates for the position as her running mate, including Chung, George Maddox, and Roger Furlong. Unsatisfied with them, Meyer took a meeting with Connecticut Senator Tom James. He agreed to join the ticket. Meyer campaign manager Amy Brookheimer resigned while at the convention and was replaced by Kent Davison.
The main opponent Meyer and James faced in the 2016 presidential election was Arizona Senator Bill O'Brien and his running mate New Mexico Senator Laura Montez. Meyer won the first presidential debate in September 2016. On the campaign trail, Meyer inadvertently grounded flights in the wrong state in an effort to use a hurricane as a photo op. The hurricane would end up hitting where O'Brien and Montez were campaigning, giving them a famous image of O'Brien pulling a teddy bear out of wreckage.
In October 2016, the Families First Bill would see a vote in the House of Representatives. However, due to the bills growing unpopularity, the Meyer administration secretly lobbied for the bill to fail. Their efforts would prove successful. However, Representative Moyes suspected wrongdoing in this and called an investigation into why exactly the bill failed. During a congressional hearing, the extent of the Medileaks scandal would inadvertently be revealed. The Meyer team would exit the hearings relatively unscathed by scapegoating senior Meyer staffer Bill Ericsson. Ericsson would be arrested on November 10.
On November 8, 2016, the electoral college resulted in an unprecedented tie in the electoral college. By early morning the following day, Meyer and O'Brien were gridlocked with 269 electoral college votes each. The projection was that Meyer had won the popular vote. Meyer gave a televised address from the oval office the morning after the election, where she noted that she and Senator O'Brien had been in contact and will allow for the "founders plan" to be carried out as to what to do during an electoral tie.
On November 9, it was reported that the margin of victory that O'Brien sustained in Nevada was at less than half a percent, allowing for a possible recount. To man the recount in Nevada, Meyer brought in Bob Bradley, Karen Collins, and Amy Brookheimer. Ultimately, the recount discovered a plurality of uncounted military absentee ballots, resulting in O'Brien narrowly winning the popular vote. The news of O'Brien's victory in the popular vote coincided with the funeral of Meyer's mother, who died on November 18. Her mother would leave the bulk of her fortune to Meyer's daughter Catherine.
The uncertainty following the election would result in economic turmoil. Wanting to neutralize Tom James, Meyer made James economy czar, forcing him to take the fall for any financial woes. After taking over his economic task force, Meyer met E.M. Wheelright CEO Charlie Baird, and would develop a romantic relationship with the banker. In December 2016, E.M. Wheelright entered chapter 11 bankruptcy because Meyer wouldn't bail out Baird's bank, due to the possible blowback of such a decision. Baird and Meyer broke up.
In the days following the election, Chinese hackers would breach White House employee files. On November 15, 2016, Meyer sent a derogatory tweet to Charlie Baird, mocking O'Brien's physical stature. Unbeknownst to Meyer, she had sent the tweet publicly. After speaking to some of her top advisors, Meyer announced that the tweet had been sent by the Chinese hackers and announced a set of sanctions on the Chinese on November 16, including a ban on all foreign adoptions. Unbeknownst to the Americans, the Chinese economy was in a far worse state than anyone realized. Chinese President Lu Chi-Jang met Meyer at Camp David on December 19. In exchange for the lifting of the sanctions and the fulfillment of Chinese demands for industrial metals, the Chinese prepared to discuss a framework for Tibetan independence, similar to Hong Kong's 'one country, two systems' concept. Meyer and Lu signed an agreement on December 21, but Lu insisted that the deal be kept under wraps, blackmailing Meyer with her hacked emails that she didn't send the tweet in the first place.
With both O'Brien and Meyer locked in at 269 electoral votes following the Nevada recount, both candidates prepared for the vote in the House of Representatives where congress would decide who would be president. Bitter with Meyer for her recent marginalization of him, James began working a deal with Speaker of the House Jim Marwood, who was of the opposition party. Meyer confronted James about this at the White House Congressional Ball.
On November 24, 2016, New Hampshire congressman Harry Sherman died from a salmonella outbreak, putting New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district into play for the upcoming House vote. Meyer staffer Jonah Ryan announced his intention to run in New Hampshire's special congressional election, held on December 21. Ryan ran against Sherman's widow, Judy Sherman. Ryan won the race and was sworn into congress on January 2.
On January 3, 2017, the vote in the House of Representatives took place. Neither Meyer nor O'Brien achieved a majority of votes required. Normally, the House would vote again, but Speaker Marwood declared that the House would not schedule another vote, making the vice presidential selection by the Senate far more crucial. This also meant that neither Meyer nor O'Brien would be president.
Despite her deep reluctance to become vice president again, Meyer accepted the offer under the belief that James would win the vote in the Senate and become president. However, the vote in the Senate held on January 5 resulted in O'Brien's running mate Laura Montez becoming president-elect. This was all part of a deal orchestrated by Andrew Doyle in exchange for the position as Secretary of State. Meyer had originally promised Doyle the position weeks earlier but secretly promised to give it to congressman Paul Graves. Meyer did not take the news of her loss well. At one point before the House vote, she even wanted O'Brien to become president so she can run against him in 2020.
As one of her last acts as president, Meyer controversially pardoned billionaire private prison magnate Sherman Tanz.
In an effort to solidify the freeing of Tibet as her legacy, Meyer worked with Qatari ambassador Mohammed bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Jaffar to speed up the freeing of Tibet. On the day of Laura Montez's inauguration, China would officially free Tibet. However, since it officially occurred during Montez's presidency, credit was given to the Montez administration.
Return to private life (2017–2021)[edit | edit source]
Selina Meyer's first term as president ended at noon on January 20, 2017, immediately following the inauguration of her successor, Laura Montez. After the inauguration, Meyer lifted off on Executive One, but after the engine broke down mid-flight, Meyer listened in the rain to Montez's inaugural parade.
In the months following her loss, Meyer was institutionalized again and returned to the Whispering Sands Wellness Center in Arizona, referring to it as another trip to the "spa". She stayed there for several months under heavy medication, and later moved to New York City, moved in with her daughter Catherine in a Brownstone, and established an office in the South Bronx.
Meyer made her first appearance out of office on January 3, 2018, appearing on CBS This Morning, interviewed by Dan Egan. During the interview, she announced the Meyer Fund for Adult Literacy and AIDS. Meyer also revealed that she was working on a memoir but and shrugged off rumors that her predecessor had been offered much more for his book.
Speculation would persist as to whether or not Meyer would run again in the 2020 presidential election, which would be her fourth consecutive presidential campaign. Despite privately planning on indeed running, a talk with longtime confidant Ben Cafferty dissuaded Meyer from making a comeback.
In January 2018, Meyer attended the opening of the Stuart Hughes Presidential Library. Bitter that she was the only living former president not to have a library, Meyer approached Smith President Regina Pell about having Smith college host a Meyer library. However, after Meyer's ex-husband Andrew was caught sleeping with Meyer's portraitist Helen Wright, Meyer fired Wright and caused protests from students at Smith. Meyer rehired Wright to finish her portrait while Smith would pass on Meyer's library.
In February 2018, Meyer supervised the 2018 Georgian presidential election, the first free and fair democratic election held in the country. While the U.S. supported candidate Nikolai Genidze, Meyer was enticed by Murman Shalikashvili, the president of Georgia running for re-election, when he offered a sizable donation to her library, as a bribe for her support. Nikolai countered Murman's bribe, and ultimately Murman donated $20 million to Meyer's library. Shalikashvili ended up winning the election, the authenticity of which was debated. However, after leaving office, a coup occurred and Murman was thrown out of office. The exchange rate between the U.S. and Georgia subsequently dropped significantly, with Murman's $20 million dollar donation having dropped to roughly $380,000.
On March 6, 2018, Meyer was hospitalized after being diagnosed with a heart attack at a hotel in Washington, D.C. This coincided with the heart attack of her personal aide Gary Walsh. Meyer allowed Walsh to stay at her Brownstone in New York until he returned to health.
After the death of Supreme Court Justice Tenny, speculation rose as to whether or not Meyer would be under consideration for the seat. Despite actively wanting the position on the court, and President Montez announcing that she would be reaching across party lines for the seat, former President Stuart Hughes was chosen as Montez's nominee on March 13, 2018.
About a month after her heart attack, Meyer and former White House press secretary Mike McLintock began working on her memoir. While bringing up facts about her father, McLintock suggested that something seemed off about her details of her father. Meyer later learned the truth about her father: that he sold her horse, was cheating on her mother, and never really cared for his daughter. This prompted Meyer to destroy the barn her father used as an office.
In June 2018, Meyer visited Doha, Qatar for a funeral. While there, she unknowingly took a picture with a warlord. To compensate for this, she flied to Juba, South Sudan, for a photo op with women's rights activist Nyaring Ayun. Meyer gave a speech to a human rights conference on June 11, where she drew controversy for seeming indifferent to the practice of female genital mutilation. During Meyer's trip to the middle east, she became close with Ambassador Al Jaffar. Jaffar ultimately states that the two can't be together because she's white.
On July 13, 2018, Meyer and former members of her staff returned to the White House for a portrait unveiling. However, the unveiling coincided with the 2018 federal government shutdown, meaning that staffers were furloughed during the event. Montez's prepared remarks had to be cut short due to the shutdown.
Meyer published a second memoir titled A Woman First: First Woman in October 2018. It received negative reviews from critics. Coinciding with the release of the book was the leak of Mike McLintock's diary, which had accidentally been left in the office of Leon West. The diary detailed every day of Meyer's presidency. Details about the Uzbek Hostage Crisis, the Medileaks scandal, and Selina's eye job, among other things, were leaked. Meyer received widespread condemnation until it was revealed that Meyer was the one who was responsible for the freeing of Tibet. The news of Tibet drew praise, and President Montez was criticized for taking credit for Meyer's achievement.
2020 presidential campaign[edit | edit source]
See also: Selina Meyer 2020 presidential campaign
In the wake of Meyer's newfound popularity following the news that she was responsible for negotiating Tibet's independence, Meyer cancelled any plans to build a presidential library. In January 2019, she revealed to her staff that she planned on running for president again in the 2020 presidential election. She began by reuniting with some of her former staff members and finally firing Mike McLintock, blaming her previous failures on his incompetence.
In March 2019, Meyer initially decided to announce her candidacy at an airport in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. However, a mix-up occurred in which her plane landed in Cedar Falls with the rally located in Cedar Rapids. Frustrated by campaign setbacks and destined not to have her fourth presidential run mired by incompetence, Meyer sought to bring in campaign manager Keith Quinn. She unknowingly brings in the wrong Keith Quinn and instead made Ben Cafferty the behind-closed-doors campaign manager.
Meyer formally announced her candidacy outside of the birthplace of Susan B. Anthony in Adams, Massachusetts.
With all of her focus going to the presidential campaign, Meyer closed the Meyer Fund in early 2019. In April 2019, the U.S. Attorney's office in New York announced it was launching an investigation into the Meyer Fund, with Andrew as the main target. With rumors circulating that Andrew was cutting a deal with the police, he and Meyer met and agreed that he should leave the country in exchange for money. On March 1, 2020, Meyer discovered that Andrew had died in a boat explosion while using her mother's boat to flee the country. The U.S. Attorney's office concluded the investigation following his death. In actuality, Andrew had faked his death.
Meyer faced an unexpectedly strong challenge in the primaries from U.S. Senator Kemi Talbot, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Also in the running were her former running mate and former Connecticut Senator Tom James, Nevada Governor Buddy Calhoun, former Ohio Governor John DeVito, and former New Hampshire Congressman and former staffer Jonah Ryan. At the first primary debate held in Iowa on May 18, 2019, Meyer criticized Talbot for her perceived weakness, telling Talbot to "Man Up!". Meyer drew swift applause from the audience and the phrase would become the new slogan for Meyer's campaign. In the months following the debate, Meyer would find herself upstaged by Senator Talbot's campaign, ultimately falling as low as third place in the polls. In February 2020, Talbot won the Iowa caucus with Meyer making a "come-from-behind" second place finish.
On February 18, 2020, Meyer won the New Hampshire primary decisively. During her campaign in South Carolina, Meyer would achieve assistance from the Chinese government in an effort to rig the election. Meyer was declared the winner in South Carolina on February 23. In April 2020, with the campaign continuing, Meyer attended the Nobel Peace Summit in Oslo, Norway, where she accepted the Peace Summit Award. During this time, headlines that she droned an elephant drew ire from animal rights activists, preventing her from crossing the delegate threshold. The Meyer campaign finished the primaries with 1,817 delegates, falling short of the 2,368 delegate threshold needed to win the nomination.
At the 2020 National Convention, Meyer actively considered former Ohio Governor John DeVito for the position as her running mate. Meyer made several shrewd deals to progress closer to the nomination, including promising Buddy Calhoun that she would outlaw gay marriage if she were to become president and neutralizing Tom James by getting a staffer to allege sexual misconduct. However, realizing that she needs the support of Jonah Ryan's delegates in order to reach the nomination, Meyer offered Ryan the position of vice president. Despite initially declining the offer, Ryan accepted. Meyer and Ryan were officially nominated by the convention on July 26, 2020.
During the convention, Kemi Talbot brought attention back to misdoings by the Meyer Fund, publicly calling on the FBI to reopen their investigation. Meyer, realizing someone higher up has to go down for the Meyer Fund for the story to go away, sacrificed longtime confidant Gary Walsh to the FBI. Walsh was apprehended by the FBI and imprisoned for Meyer's financial misappropriations. It's hinted that Meyer felt deep guilt for sacrificing Walsh, despite never visiting him in prison.
On November 3, 2020, the Meyer-Ryan ticket emerged victorious against incumbent president Laura Montez who was running for re-election.
Full term as president (2021–2025)[edit | edit source]
See also: Presidencies of Selina Meyer
Meyer's only full term as president began on January 20, 2021. None of her previous staffers were working during her full term in office, except for Sue Wilson, who had remained in the West Wing during the presidency of Laura Montez. Michelle York served as Meyer's Chief of Staff, having previously convinced her to leave the employment of Tom James during the 2020 National Convention. Additionally, her former campaign manager Keith Quinn served in her administration in a high level capacity.
Meyer assigned longtime confidant Amy Brookheimer to serve as Chief of Staff to her vice president Jonah Ryan. At some point during Meyer's full term in office, Ryan was impeached and removed from office. Considering the distain Meyer has expressed towards Ryan, it's possible Meyer was actively encouraging Ryan's impeachment behind closed doors.
At some point during her term in office, the Chinese government retained control of Tibet, fulfilling a promise Meyer made to President Lu during the campaign.
As part of a promise made to Nevada governor Buddy Calhoun during the convention, Meyer was successful in having same-sex marriage repealed in the United States during her second term. Very little else was accomplished during Meyer's full term in office, as her repeal of gay marriage would be what her full term in office would be remembered for.
Later years[edit | edit source]
Meyer left office on January 20, 2025. It is unclear if she decided not to run for re-election in the 2024 presidential election or if she ran and lost, since she would eligible to run again. The fact that Meyer outlawed gay marriage could have made re-achieving the party nomination in 2024 exceedingly difficult, as Meyer's party also occupies LGBTQ-friendly candidates such as Kemi Talbot. Talbot, who Meyer despised, would go on to become president at some point following Meyer's departure from office.
It appears that Meyer was never able to reconcile with Catherine and Marjorie, meaning that she likely had little interaction with her grandson, Richard.
At some point during her remaining years, Meyer oversaw the construction of the Selina Meyer Presidential Library, which was located at Smith College, Massachusetts. Like the original layout for the library, there is lots of vaginal allusions throughout the complex.
Selina Meyer spent 20 years back in private life before her death in early 2045 (sometime soon after the 2044 presidential election) at the age of 76 or 77 (or possibly 75). After resting in state at the United States Capitol Building, she was laid to rest days later at the Selina Meyer Presidential Library.
Amongst those in attendance included: former President Laura Montez, former Vice President Andrew Doyle, former two-term President Kemi Talbot (who delivered the eulogy), former Senator Tom James, the Dalai Lama, former House Minority Leader Roger Furlong and his assistant Will, incumbent President Richard Splett, Amy Brookheimer, Dan Egan, Kent Davison and Bill Ericsson. Her former vice president Jonah Ryan was not invited, due to the controversy of him being impeached from office years prior. Former Chief of Staff Ben Cafferty passed years before, thus was unable to attend.
In a surprise turn of events, her former personal assistant Gary Walsh made an appearance towards the end of the ceremony, despite having been framed by Meyer for illegalities associated with the Meyer Fund and subsequently imprisoned for many years. It is also possible that her ex-husband Andrew Meyer (thought to be dead since 2020) also attended in disguise. Her funeral was not attended by her daughter or her grandson. The three instead watched the funeral on television from Catherine's Brownstone and drank margaritas.
Live coverage of her funeral was done by veteran reporter Mike McLintock of CBS Evening News. However, as McLintock was eulogizing Meyer, news of the death of actor Tom Hanks would interrupt the broadcast and push Meyer out of the news cycle one last time.
Legacy[edit | edit source]
Selina Meyer is generally regarded to be one of the most ineffective presidents in American history, and her presidencies are held in low-regard by scholars. When Meyer's first term ended in 2017, she was ranked 43rd out of 44 presidents in terms of effectiveness.
Despite being able to negotiate the independence of Tibet in 2017, Tibet would soon return to Chinese rule in the early 2020s. Meyer's only lasting achievement would be her controversial outlawing of same-sex marriage.
Meyer is frequently regarded as the first female president of the United States. This distinction would be somewhat muddied by the fact that Laura Montez would be known as the first elected female president of the United States, winning the vote in the Senate that decided the presidency. Kemi Talbot, whom Meyer fought for the party nomination in 2020, would go on to become the first two-term female president of the United States.
Political positions[edit | edit source]
See also: Political positions of Selina Meyer
Meyer's political party has ambiguous political leanings. Meyer has made vague statements regarding her political stances. Despite this, Meyer has made it clear that she would sacrifice whatever personal convictions she may have if it could help her politically.
Electoral history[edit | edit source]
See also: Electoral history of Selina Meyer
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|2012||Vice president||Selina Meyer
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
-Meyer's secret service nickname is "Sparrow".
-Meyer was the fifth person in history to have been president, vice president, a U.S. Senator, and a U.S. Representative. The other four who served in all four elected offices were John Tyler, Andrew Johnson, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon.
-Meyer has had botox.
-Meyer appears to have been a fan of singer Billy Joel. In Mother, Meyer claims she wants Billy Joel to sing at her inauguration, and when Meyer accepts the nomination in Veep, Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" plays.
References[edit | edit source]
- Selina's funeral program lists her date of birth as 02/25/1967. Her date of death is listed on the same program as being August 10, 2044. However, it would make more sense if her death was after the 2044 presidential election, considering Mike is saying that Splett was just re-elected. It is more likely that her death was in late 2044/early 2045.
- Referenced in "Alicia".
- Referenced in A Woman First: First Woman.
- Referenced in "Mother".
- Referenced in "Chicklet".
- Seen in "Groundbreaking".
See also[edit | edit source]
- Vice presidency of Selina Meyer (2013–2016)
- Presidencies of Selina Meyer (2016–2017, 2021–2025)
- Post-presidency of Selina Meyer (2017–2021, 2025–2045)
- Selina Meyer 2008 presidential campaign
- Selina Meyer 2012 presidential campaign
- Selina Meyer 2016 presidential campaign
- Selina Meyer 2020 presidential campaign
Offices and distinctions[edit | edit source]
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|United States Representative from Maryland's 14th District
|United States Senator (Class 2) from Maryland
|Party political offices|
|Party nominee for Vice President of the United States
|Party nominee for President of the United States
Eventually Kemi Talbot
|Vice President of the United States
|President of the United States
|President of the United States
Eventually Kemi Talbot
|Awards and achievements|
|Recipient of the Peace Summit Award