A throttlebottom is a useless incompetent
holding a public office
. The word comes from Alexander Throttlebottom, the Vice President
character in the 1932 musical comedy Of Thee I Sing
, the first musical comedy to win the Pulitzer Prize
. Throttlebottom's connections with the government
he is a part of are so faint that he saw the White House
for the first time on a public tour. He "lives at 1448 Z Street. . .with the other boarder
s" and "sits around in the park and feeds the pigeon
s, and takes walks, and goes to the movie
s." He's happy to find that he has a chance to become president when the Senate
proceedings for President John Wintergreen and runs off eagerly to preside
over the presidential trial -- after the White House tour guide tells him that's the Vice President's job.
"Every Vice President from John Nance Garner to at least Lyndon Johnson went into the office vowing: `I will not be a Throttlebottom.'"
J. Roberts, "Throttlebottoms's Legacy," National Review (New York), June 25, 1990.
Apparently there is or was a Tennessee rock band called Throttlebottom, but their page at www.throttlebottom.musicpages.com no longer exists. All the listings pointing to the nonexistent page describe them as "swanky rock and roll."