When the critical starting turns are some of the most important in the game, I don't its special treatment. I actually think that if Bob/others was elected, he would ask for the same thing. In war, I think other presidents will ask for the same.
Remember what I said about Imperium Offtopicum? Well, I just started a Star Wars version if you're interested. I'll be 4th of July partying for the rest of the evening, but you might get an update to Realpolitik around midnight or later - I dunno.
arya - check this out: It's called Imperium Offtopicum and it's sorta like Realpolitik - you set up a nation and roleplay your international policies :D I think you'd enjoy it. Oh and I'm about to start writing the next sequence of Eagle updates ;)