Setting a President
Season 3, Episode 12
Episode name pun on: the phrase "setting a precedent"
Setting a President
Airdate: February 17, 2006
Director: Craig McCracken
See also
"One False Movie"
"Room with a Feud"

"Setting a President" is the 12th episode of Season 3 of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. In this episode, everyone is tired of Mr. Herriman's rules, so Frankie decides to run for house president. After hearing that any house resident is allowed to run for president, Bloo decides to run as well. Eventually, Frankie does win, leaving Mr. Herriman jobless.


The elections for house president are coming up, and everyone is sick of Mr. Herriman's strict rules and regulations. To Herriman's surprise, Frankie and Bloo decide to enter. Whereas Herriman runs everything responsibly though often unfairly, Frankie promises fairness and care for all imaginary friends, and Bloo just acts immature and silly, claiming that "there aren't gonna be anymore rules!" and offering free candy and cash to any friend that votes for him. He also insults Frankie and says a vulgar comment about Herriman. Wilt can't make up his mind who to vote for. Eduardo and Mac both build a television out of a cardboard carton and act as reporters to provide news about the election. Herriman tries to team up with Bloo, admitting that without his job he'd have nothing else, and Bloo helps him create a campaign to make Frankie look stupid and trashy, using a catchy but rude song, photos of pigs and inaccurate, biased statements. Nonetheless, most of the friends vote for Frankie, leaving Mr. Herriman out of a job. Frankie finds Herriman sadly packing up the last of his belongings and feels sorry for him, but soon finds herself preoccupied with her new position.

Herriman searches for work in town, but most of the jobs are either discriminatory against rabbits and imaginary friends, or downright dangerous. He is finally able to find work bagging groceries at a market. Meanwhile Frankie is really making progress at Foster's, turning everything around and giving new privileges to the imaginary friends, although she demotes Bloo to scrubbing out toilets and wearing a dunce cap, much to his annoyance. While out buying groceries, she runs into a depressed Herriman working there and he tells her that having a role in the workforce makes him feel useful, although he doesn't seem to enjoy bagging groceries. Frankie tells Madame Foster that she feels bad for Mr. Herriman and Madame Foster tells her that the job as president was his whole life. She then pays Frankie and Frankie realizes that her pay is much lower than the pay she was making at her old position (and the president's bonus is a bundle of carrots). She offers the job back to Herriman to get her old pay back, and Herriman gratefully tells her that it's the nicest thing anyone's ever done for him.


  • Mac mentions that Bloo's caused large amounts of trouble since he came to Foster's. This includes breaking a bust of Madame Foster in "Busted", uploading an embarrasing video of Mr. Herriman in "World Wide Wabbit", sabotaging a date Frankie had in "Frankie My Dear", throwing a wild party against house rules in "Partying is Such Sweet Soiree", flooding the house in "Everyone Knows It's Bendy", blowing the roof off the house in "Cookie Dough", opening the secret door that contained the Scribbles in "The Trouble With Scribbles", destroyed a beloved toy elephant in "Squeakerboxxx" and ruining Mac's reputation at school in "Bye Bye Nerdy".
  • In the beginning with Two-Head Fred, the hat of The Man With The Yellow Hat from Curious George can be seen.
  • Mac sort of broke the fourth wall when he said "We'll be back after these commercials.", and an actual commercial break started. Then when the episode resumed, he said "Welcome back from those commercials."
  • From the total number of votes counted for all three candidates, it was revealed that at the time of the episode there were about 1343 residents (including Mr. Herriman, Frankie and Bloo) in the home, assuming all the others voted.
  • Mac states that Bloo threw a wild party against house rules in "Partying is Such Sweet Soiree", but Madame Foster said in that episode that it's okay to have wild parties as long as she's part of it.
  • Bloo says that all the mishaps Mac mentioned him doing in previous episodes were because of Mr. Herriman's rules. This is not true; the only mishap that happened due to Mr. Herriman's rules is when he broke Madame Foster's bust in "Busted."
  • Mac tells Bloo that he ruined Frankie's date in "Frankie My Dear", but Frankie said in that episode that he (along with Mac, Chris, and Prince Charming) did her a favor.
  • This episode is not available for purchase on the PlayStation Network.


  • Mac: If you were house president, what would you change?
Mr. Herriman: Not a thing, everything is perfect as it is.
Imaginary Friend: (coughes) Loser!
  • Bloo: Herriman smells like poo!
  • Mr. Herriman: He's just mud-slinging!
(Bloo throws mud at Mr. Herriman's face)
Mr. Herriman: I should have seen this coming...
  • Bloo: Just punch here, right next to Mr. Herriman's name.
Eduardo: But I think I want Seniorita Frankie to win.
Bloo: But in this, you punch who you don't want to win.
Eduardo: Oh, that makes sense!
(punches Bloo in the face)
Eduardo: I like voting!

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