Michael Oatman is a local software engineer and host of the public-access TV program Illegal Knowledge, which explores “everything we should have known but haven’t been able to find out.” Oatman says he’s been planning to run for the presidency in 2008 ever since he was in grade school during the Reagan years, when he first did the math and realized he’d be old enough to legally seek the office this year. He nearly gave up his dream when he was unable to find 250 people who would each find 1,000 people willing to give his campaign $1,000 each. But when Project White House came along, “I said immediately, ‘OK, I said I was running, so now I’m definitely doing it if they’re just going to throw it in my face.’ And with that, here it is.”
Oatman has an extensive platform that includes health care for everyone, rebuilding the middle class and stopping the transition from a republic to an empire. He says that last bit wasn’t inspired by the Star Wars saga, although he applauds George Lucas’ work.