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'''Joe Lawton''' is the President of the [[United States]] in the [[GTA IV Era|Grand Theft Auto IV Era]]. He appears to be based on former President [[wp:George W. Bush|George W. Bush]]. President Lawton supports limiting freedoms; for instance, he supports extending the [[Jingoism Act]] in order to protect freedom. The world sees him as foolish, according to [[Milica Bellic|Milica Bellic's]] e-mail to her son [[Niko Bellic|Niko]]. Based on [[Thomas Stubbs|Thomas Stubbs']] Twitter, his birthday is on or around February 16th. As a very clever social commentary, he seems to get little, if ever, media attention in comparison to celebrities like [[Cloe Parker]] and [[Jill Von Crastenburg]].
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|name = Joe H. Lawton
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|image = UnseenCharacter.jpg
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|gender = M
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|game = ''[[Grand Theft Auto IV]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto V]]''
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|status = Alive
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|nationality = {{Flagicon|United States of America|Flag of the United States}} [[United States of America|American]]
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|dob = February 16th (Unknown Year)
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|home = [[Capital City]]
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|family = [[George Lawton]] <small>(Father)</small><br> Unnamed wife
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|businesses = President of the [[United States of America|United States]]
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|affiliations = [[Devin Weston]]<br>[[Von Crastenburg Family]]}}
   
==Trivia==
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'''Joe H. Lawton''' is the President of the [[United States]] in the [[HD Universe]] of the ''[[Grand Theft Auto]]'' series.
   
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==Description==
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According to [[Thomas Stubbs]]' [[Bleeter]], President Lawton's birthday falls on or around February 16th. Lawton's father, [[George Lawton|George]], also served as President. Lawton appears to be largely ignored by the media, and receives comparitively little media coverage in contrast to celebrities like [[Cloe Parker]] and [[Jill Von Crastenburg]].
   
*According to [[John Smith]] on WKTT, Lawton's [[Senator Lawton|father]] was the president before Joe, much like [[:wp:George W. Bush|George W. Bush]] after his father [[:wp:George H.W. Bush|George H.W. Bush]].
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According to WKTT's ''[[Conspire]]'' show, Lawton studied at the University of [[San Fierro (HD Universe)|San Fierro]] and was in the same fraternity as the inventor of credit default swaps. However, Conspire's authenticity is highly questionable, as they also claim that Lawton resurrected his own father from the dead.
*After finishing his time as President, Lawton's father became a senator.
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*According to [[WKTT|WKTT's]] ''Conspire'' show, Lawton went to University of [[San Fierro]] and was in the same fraternity as a major credit card company CEO. However, ''Conspire'''s authenticity is highly questionable, and they also claim that Lawton resurrected his own father from the dead.
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During the events of ''[[Grand Theft Auto V]]'' (set in 2013), Lawton is still President and still largely ignored by the media in favour of celebrity gossip.
*In a [[Weazel News]] report entitled "Recession is over!", an old, suited man is shown surrounded by three other men in front of what appears to be the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_house White House]. It is likely that this man is President Lawton as the article is about him announcing that the recession is over. He is seen wearing a black suit jacket, a blue dress shirt, and a red tie with different shades of red on it.
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[[Ron Jakowski]] claims Lawton is a drug addict and related to the Illuminati, but Jakowski's paranoid nature and willing belief of government conspiracy theories makes this debatable.
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Businessman [[Devin Weston]] claims he is close to President Lawton, to the extent that Lawton "allowed Weston to finger his wife", though Weston's arrogant and boastful nature makes the truth behind this statement debatable.
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==Policies==
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Lawton is implied to be a left-wing President, as a sign in [[South Los Santos]] in [[Grand Theft Auto V]] reads, "Impeach the Socialist!" However, a spam email in [[The Ballad of Gay Tony]] suggests he opposes free healthcare, and an ad for a luxury condo in [[Grand Theft Auto Online]] urges potential buyers to "snap it up now before President Lawton loses the next election and they tax the hell out of you". Lawton supports extending the [[Jingoism Act]] in order to protect freedom, which legislates for increased government surveillance and phonetapping.
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==Influence==
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Joe Lawton is likely based on [[wp:George W. Bush|George W. Bush]] and [[wp:Barack Obama|Barack Obama]]. Lawton and Bush, both succeeded their fathers as presidents of the United States. Barack Obama was elected in 2008, and got a second term after being elected again in 2012. The "Impeach the Socialist" sign in South Los Santos is a reference to a common criticism of Obama.
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==Trivia==
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*In a [[Weazel News]] report entitled "Recession is over!", an old, suited man is shown surrounded by three other men in front of what appears to be the [[wp:White house|White House]]. It is possible that this man is President Lawton as the article is about him announcing that the recession is over. The man is seen wearing a black suit jacket, a blue dress shirt, and a red tie with different shades of red on it.
   
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Joe H. Lawton is the President of the United States in the HD Universe of the Grand Theft Auto series.

DescriptionEdit

According to Thomas Stubbs' Bleeter, President Lawton's birthday falls on or around February 16th. Lawton's father, George, also served as President. Lawton appears to be largely ignored by the media, and receives comparitively little media coverage in contrast to celebrities like Cloe Parker and Jill Von Crastenburg.

According to WKTT's Conspire show, Lawton studied at the University of San Fierro and was in the same fraternity as the inventor of credit default swaps. However, Conspire's authenticity is highly questionable, as they also claim that Lawton resurrected his own father from the dead.

During the events of Grand Theft Auto V (set in 2013), Lawton is still President and still largely ignored by the media in favour of celebrity gossip.

Ron Jakowski claims Lawton is a drug addict and related to the Illuminati, but Jakowski's paranoid nature and willing belief of government conspiracy theories makes this debatable.

Businessman Devin Weston claims he is close to President Lawton, to the extent that Lawton "allowed Weston to finger his wife", though Weston's arrogant and boastful nature makes the truth behind this statement debatable.

PoliciesEdit

Lawton is implied to be a left-wing President, as a sign in South Los Santos in Grand Theft Auto V reads, "Impeach the Socialist!" However, a spam email in The Ballad of Gay Tony suggests he opposes free healthcare, and an ad for a luxury condo in Grand Theft Auto Online urges potential buyers to "snap it up now before President Lawton loses the next election and they tax the hell out of you". Lawton supports extending the Jingoism Act in order to protect freedom, which legislates for increased government surveillance and phonetapping.

InfluenceEdit

Joe Lawton is likely based on George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Lawton and Bush, both succeeded their fathers as presidents of the United States. Barack Obama was elected in 2008, and got a second term after being elected again in 2012. The "Impeach the Socialist" sign in South Los Santos is a reference to a common criticism of Obama.

TriviaEdit

  • In a Weazel News report entitled "Recession is over!", an old, suited man is shown surrounded by three other men in front of what appears to be the White House. It is possible that this man is President Lawton as the article is about him announcing that the recession is over. The man is seen wearing a black suit jacket, a blue dress shirt, and a red tie with different shades of red on it.

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