A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from July 31, 2011
VPOTUS (Vice President Of The United States)

"VPOTUS” is an acronym for “Vice President Of The United States.” The term “VPOTUS” has been cited in print since at least 1993-1994, when it referred to Al Gore.

Similar acronyms include “POTUS” (President Of The United States), “PEOTUS” (President-Elect Of The United States), “FLOTUS” (First Lady Of The United States), “SCOTUS” (Supreme Court Of The United States), “COTUS” (Constitution Of The United States) and “TOTUS” (Teleprompter Of The United States).


26 September 1993, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA), “Walking the halls of power”:
“They call the President POTUS (President of the United States),” Scott said “The first lady is FLOTUS and the vice president is VPOTUS.”

Newsweek magazine
On The Road With Potus
Feb 25, 1996 7:00 PM EST
AS REPUBLICANS HURLED mud at each other in New Hampshire, Bill Clinton jetted around the country looking presidential. His advance team has special lingo:

POTUS: President of the United States. Also VPOTUS (Vice President), FLOTUS (First Lady).

Google Groups: bit.listserv.railroad
Newsgroups: bit.listserv.railroad
From: “Barry L. Stone”
Date: 1996/08/24
Subject: VPOTUS WANNABE

The Wanna Be Vice President is taking a ferryboat ride today.

New York (NY) Times
Whither Prince Albert?
By MAUREEN DOWD
Published: March 05, 1997
(...)
For all their differences, Potus and V-Potus appear to have something important in common.

New York (NY) Times
President Offered to Call Party Donors, Memo Says
By DON VAN NATTA Jr
Published: July 24, 1997
(...)
A November 1994 memorandum, entitled ‘’VPOTUS Phone Call Contributions,’’ shows that Mr. Gore raised $372,500 over the telephone in one afternoon from six contributors, including $150,000 from Carl H. Lindner, the president of the American Financial Corporation, and a $100,000 contribution from Edgar Bronfman Jr., an executive at Seagrams Inc.

New York (NY) Times
On Language; Potus And Flotus
By William Safire
Published: October 12, 1997
Controversy was bestirred by a memorandum dated Nov. 20, 1995, from high officials of the Democratic National Committee to Harold Ickes, then deputy chief of the White House staff, asking for ‘’18-20 calls by POTUS’’ and ‘’10 calls by VPOTUS.’’
(...)
Flotus (pronounced FLOW-tus, to rhyme with Potus, and not FLOT-tus) is ‘’First Lady of the United States,’’ an informal designation first applied to Mary Todd Lincoln that has become a quasiofficial title.

In the Clinton Administration, the usage was extended to Vpotus, pronounced VEE-po-tus, to refer to the Vice President.

Google Books
Sociology:
Instructor’s Manual

By Richard T. Schaefer and Robert P. Lamm
New York, NY: McGraw-Hill
1998.
Pg. 81:
President Bill Clinton was known as “POTUS” (short for President of the United States) , Vice President Al Gore as ‘VPOTUS,” and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton as “FLOTUS” (L. Howard, 1996).

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Sunday, July 31, 2011 • Permalink