Dwight D. Eisenhower

Hang on, let me get my glasses. This is really the 2012 platform of my party?

Dwight David Eisenhower hops in the time machine recovered from Roswell and weighs in on the 2012 Republican Presidential ticket:

Now it is true that I believe this country is following a dangerous trend when it permits too great a degree of centralization of governmental functions. I oppose this--in some instances the fight is a rather desperate one. But to attain any success it is quite clear that the Federal government cannot avoid or escape responsibilities which the mass of the people firmly believe should be undertaken by it. The political processes of our country are such that if a rule of reason is not applied in this effort, we will lose everything--even to a possible and drastic change in the Constitution. This is what I mean by my constant insistence upon "moderation" in government. Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid [President Dwight David Eisenhower, letter to Edgar Newton Eisenhower, November 8, 1954].

Paul Ryan's supporters will point out, of course, that Ike was a RINO pinko commie.

Congressman Paul Ryan (R,Wisconsin)

Eisenhower also never used a teleprompter.