''Of Thee I Sing'' is a musical comedy by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, music by George Gershwin, originally produced in 1931. Its general theme is a satire on U.S. party politics. It was the first musical ever to win the Pulitzer Prize.
John [[MysteriousMiddleInitial P.]] Wintergreen is campaigning for President of the United States, but his party still has doubts that he can be elected without an issue to run on. "He even ''sounds'' like a President," the party men assure each other, but their vice-presidential nominee, Alexander Throttlebottom, looks like nobody anybody knows. They arrange for Wintergreen to marry the winner of an Atlantic City BeautyContest; with love as his platform, he will surely win by a landslide. But Wintergreen falls in love with a secretary by the name of Mary Turner, who can make corn muffins. The winner of the contest, Diana Devereaux, is infuriated at Wintergreen's refusal to marry her. But her demands for justice are blocked by the Supreme Court, which presides over Wintergreen's inauguration and simultaneous wedding to Mary. The complications do not stop there, with President Wintergreen facing diplomatic threats from France and impeachment from his own party. The popular anxiety about the president, however, quickly turns away from the scandal Miss Devereaux when the First Lady announces she is expecting a baby. All the country is waiting to hear whether it is a boy or girl. Mary finally gives birth to twins, and Throttlebottom averts war with France by finding a constitutional solution.
The show had an unsuccessful sequel, ''Let 'Em Eat Cake'', which featured, among other items, a [[SoapboxSquare Union Square demonstration]], an army of blue-shirted revolutionaries, a [[BaseballEpisode baseball game]], a public execution, and a FashionShow, interspersed with more than a few routines lifted from the earlier show.
!!This show contains examples of:
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The French soldiers' song
* DarkReprise: "Who Cares"
* DarkerAndEdgier: In "Of Thee I Sing" the most that's threatened is impeachment and France ending diplomatic relations with the country. In the sequel, "Let 'Em Eat Cake," most of the cast are nearly executed, including many women who try and fail to escape the death sentence by claiming that they're pregnant.
* FrenchJerk: The French Ambassador
* IrrelevantActOpener: "Hello, Good Morning"
* MistakenForServant: The President Elect mistakes the Vice-President for a servant.
* OpeningChorus: "Wintergreen For President"
* RecognitionFailure: Throttlebottom
* SetSwitchSong: "Love is Sweeping the Country"
* SettingUpdate: The 1952 Broadway revival, regarded as a commercial and artistic failure
* SouthernBelle: Diana Devereaux
* ThroughHisStomach: Mary can make corn muffins!
* TwentyFifthAmendment: Didn't exist at the time the show was written, so it used Article II, Section 1, Clause 6 instead.
* VicePresidentWho: No one even recognizes Throttlebottom.