"The Not Making of a President" is the fifteenth episode of the second season of Happy Days, also the 31st overall episode in the series. Co-written by Lloyd Garver and Ken Hecht, the episode, which was directed by Jerry Paris, premiered on ABC-TV on January 28, 1975.
Much to his Howard's dismay, Richie defies Cunningham Republican tradition and campaigns for the Democrats during the 1956 Eisenhower-Stevenson presidential race.
Election time becomes a complicated for Richie when he has a crush on a girl campaigning for Stevenson. Richie, Potsie, and Ralph talk about who they are supporting in the presidential race: Stevenson or Eisenhower. Debbie Howser comes over on her motorscooter and Richie wants to ask her out on a date.
Howard comes home with a Stevenson bumper sticker on his car. The family sits down together to eat dinner and they talk about politics. Richie decides to campaign for Stevenson in order to get a date with the cute blond, Debbie. Howard comes home the next evening with even more Stevenson bumper stickers on his car. Richie does some research on Stevenson in order to impress Debbie.
Debbie asks Richie to be the speaker at the youth rally at Arnold's on Sunday. Richie and Howard argue about Stevenson (Democrat) vs. Eisenhower (Republican) as Howard tries to fix the broken garage door. Richie calls Howard narrow-minded. Richie makes the speech for Stevenson and Fonzie makes the speech for Ike. When Stevenson loses the race, Debbie walks out on Richie. Howard comes to the Stevenson headquarters and offers to take Richie to Stanley's Pizza Parlor for some pepperoni and onion pizza. At the house, Joanie comes downstairs to find out who won and Marion admits that she voted for Stevenson.
- Ron Howard as Richie Cunningham
- Henry Winkler as Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli
- Anson Williams as Potsie Weber
- Tom Bosley as Howard Cunningham
- Marion Ross as Marion Cunningham
- Erin Moran as Joanie Cunningham
- Don Most as Ralph Malph (credited as Donny Most)
Guest stars/Recurring castEdit
- Beatrice Colen as Marsha Simms
- Misty Rowe as Wendy
- Stephanie Steele as Debbie Hauser
- Jerry Paris as Heckler (uncredited)
- Adlai Stevenson as Himself (in archived film footage, uncredited)