Sesame Street
President Cookie Monster
Air date May 26, 1976
Season Season 7 (1975-1976)
Sponsors B, O, 8

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Picture Segment Description
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Video Scanimate kids intro
(First: Episode 0798)
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SCENE 1 David sings a song, instructing the kids to ring a bell every time he says "belly button."
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Cartoon A cleaning lady (reminiscent of Carol Burnett's character) wanders into a music rehearsal room, plays each instrument, and puts all the sounds back into the wrong instruments.
(First: Episode 0774)
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Muppets Waiter Grover: Mr. Johnson orders bacon and eggs, but he can't decide how many of each he wants. Mr. Johnson says that Grover takes too long and asks for two hot dogs and two pickles for lunch. Grover then throws a tantrum in the kitchen.
(First: Episode 0408)
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Film Kids play in the snow.
Music Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0292)
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SCENE 2 Oscar the Grouch is showing Cookie Monster some junk from his trash can, when he comes across a poster for that time Big Bird ran for President. Cookie doesn't remember that happening, so Oscar explains that he dropped out before election day and that running for President means going to a lot of lunches. This piques his interest, assuming that cookies are served at these lunches. He sings a song about what he would do if he were "President Cookie," and resolves to start his campaign.
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Cartoon A boy builds a house out of blocks, and when the girls builds a Victorian house, the boy calls her a copycat.
(First: Episode 0780)
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SCENE 3 Oscar introduces Cookie Monster at his first rally, but he's already asking for cookies. Oscar explains that cookies are for dessert; speech first. Cookie promises that if people vote for him, there will be a cookie in every pot. He eagerly awaits his cookie reward, but Oscar says they have to rush over to another luncheon across town.
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: B-Bug
(First: Episode 0137)
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SCENE 4 Cookie and Oscar repeat the routine at another rally, but Cookie has to take questions this time. A lady in the audience asks him how he feels about personal freedom. Cookie orates, "give me liberty or give me cookies!" He likes the "give me cookies" part anyway. Oscar rushes him off again.
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Cartoon An O rolls over and over a horse. The horse eats the O.
Artist: John Paratore
(First: Episode 0173)
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SCENE 5 A man at the next luncheon asks what Cookie Monster will do about high prices when he's President. He agrees, saying that the country could use a good five cent cookie. Oscar scrambles him away, yet again.
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Cartoon The Typewriter: O for Owl
(First: Episode 0837)
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SCENE 6 The Count is at this next luncheon, and asks Cookie what he says to people like him, who like to count. Cookie — who is panting from exhaustion over the lack of cookies he's been getting at all these luncheons — responds, "to you, me say, fifty-four cookies or fight!" Through the applause, Cookie asks Oscar if that gives him any ideas, but he's scuttled away once again.
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Film A figure skater illustrates forward and backward.
(First: Episode 0500)
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SCENE 7 Back at Oscar's can, Cookie laments his lack of cookies, and says that when he's President, all he's going to do is eat cookies; he's the boss, he can do what he wants. Maria explains that that's not how the office of the President works; the job requires a lot of work that keeps the President busy. Cookie Monster asks why anyone would go through all the campaigning if they didn't get what they want. David responds that such careless leadership has been known to happen, but it wouldn't be the right way to run things. He stresses that being President means watching out for all the people in the country, not just yourself. Cookie Monster thanks Oscar for being his manager, but crumples up his campaign poster, donates it to Oscar's junk collection, and quits the race.
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Cartoon A magician tries to pull a rabbit out of his hat, but instead finds the numbers 1-20, which the rabbit repeats at the end.
(First: Episode 0337)
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Film George the Farmer counts 20 barrels.
(First: Episode 0278)
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie can't sleep, so Bert tells him to count sheep. Ernie tries to count sheep, but it's dull -- so he starts counting fire engines. The noise from the imaginary fire engine wakes Bert up. Bert says that Ernie's waking up the whole neighborhood, and tells him to count something quieter. Ernie counts balloons -- but the balloon gets bigger and bigger, finally bursting with a huge explosion that wakes Bert up again.
(First: Episode 0276)
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Film Mad Painter #8
(First: Episode 0326)
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Muppets Bob sings "The People in Your Neighborhood" with a baker and shoemaker.
(First: Episode 0208)
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Animation "The King of Eight"
(First: Episode 0225)
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Cartoon Panels flip to reveal different ways things WALK.
(First: Episode 0369)
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Film The WALK sign flashes in a montage of people (and even dogs) walking in the city.
(First: Episode 0498)
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Cartoon A song about a rolling O.
Animation by John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0011)
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Muppets Alphabet Chat: O
Mr. Chatterly tries to deliver a lecture about the letter O, but is distracted by several things that don't begin with O, like a rabbit walking with a cow. The Anything Muppet producers decide to cancel the show and take down the set.
(First: Episode 0837)
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Film / Cartoon The letter O introduces many words he starts.
(First: Episode 0621)
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Muppets "Would You Like to Buy an O?"
(First: Episode 0364)
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Cartoon A hand draws a guitarist serenading a maiden, as well as the background.
(First: Episode 0791)
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Cartoon At night, a man's toothy smile is shown as he hears the sounds of tools being used ... to demolish his house.
Artist: Bill Davis
(First: Episode 0796)
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Celebrity Edith Ann describes what happens to you when you become angry.
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Touch".
(First: Episode 0504)
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Don Music successfully writes "Old MacDonald," with the help of Kermit and several barnyard animals.
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Film A very busy man is asked by a voice what "forwards" and "backwards" means, but the man doesn't have time to listen. Instead, he is shown what "backwards" means by watching everything around him go in reverse motion!
(First: Episode 0166)
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Cast "David the Daring" does his famous forwards and backwards trick.
(First: Episode 0439)
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Cartoon A child learns there's many things one can do with a stick.
(First: Episode 0803)
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Muppets Ernie & BertBert thinks that Ernie has eaten his cookies, but it turns out that Cookie Monster (dressed as Ernie) ate the cookies.
(First: Episode 0158)
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Cartoon A song about the parts of a boy's body and the sounds they can make.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
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SCENE 8 The Count sits on the stoop of 123 Sesame Street and has just counted the first star to come out tonight. Maria recites to him the "Star Light, Star Bright" poem about wishing on the first star. The Count tries it, and another star comes out. Maria explains it only works with the first star, but the Count repeats the poem for each star he counts.
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Cartoon The letter "k" walks away from the word "walk."
(First: Episode 0758)
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SCENE 9 David observes the Count continuing to count stars in the night sky; he's up to about forty-seven hundred by now. Cookie Monster announces the sponsors.

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