On July 26th, 1920, Journalist H.L. Mencken - often regarded as one of the most influential writers of the 20th century - wrote the following:
..all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most easily (and) adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum. The presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."
One blogger argues that Mencken's prohesy has come true.