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Did Nostradamus Predict George W. Bush's Election?

Vague language plus satire on the internet equals a "prediction" that might sound legitimate without further investigation.

Published Dec 18, 2000

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In 1555 Nostradamus predicted that December 2000 would see "the village idiot will come forth to be acclaimed the leader in the home of greatest power."

Example:  [Collected on the Internet, 2000]

In 1555, Nostradamus wrote:Come the millennium, month 12
In the home of greatest power,
The village idiot will come forth
To be acclaimed the leader.

Origins: Yuk yuk. Nostradamus wrote a lot of stuff so general (and obscure) that with the help of a little imagination (and some liberal interpretations from the original French), people have claimed he has "predicted" nearly every event of significance since the mid-16th century. But nothing in his writings comes close to the quatrain quoted above, even when translated by a first-year French student. This is just another bit of election-year humor that popped up in 2000.


Woodward, Steve.   "If You Need Someone to Klingon. . ."; The [Portland] Oregonian. 10 May 2003.

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