President's Day: Best and Worst of the fictional Presidents
Yes your Uncle Buck is aware that President's Day was yesterday, but UB was stuck in upstate New York during a blackout over the weekend and had to spend Monday catching up on the ol' TiVo...So here is UB's list of the best and worst fictional Presidents on television and the silver screen.
10. President Greg Stillson: Martin Sheen in The Dead Zone
Forget playing President Josiah Bartlet in The West Wing, as President Greg Stillson in The Dead Zone, he is destined to start a nuclear Armageddon, and would have gotten away for it too if not for psychic Johnny Smith (Christopher Walken), a young New England schoolteacher.
9. President Merkin Muffley: Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove
While he doesn't permit fighting in the "War Room" he wimps out by tellingng the Russians about mistaken plans to bomb Moscow by saying: "Well now, what happened is... ah... one of our base commanders, he had a sort of... well, he went a little funny in the head... you know... just a little... funny. And, ah... he went and did a silly thing... Well, I'll tell you what he did. He ordered his planes... to attack your country... Ah... Well, let me finish, Dmitri... Let me finish, Dmitri... Well listen, how do you think I feel about it?..."
8. President James Dale: Jack Nicholson in Mars Attacks!
While he will be remembered as the President that makes contact with aliens, President Dale was killed by them shortly after contact.
7. The U.S. President: Billy Bob Thornton in Love Actually
Not only does he fail to seal the deal with the Prime Minister's receptionist, but then he gets burned by him at the press conference.
6. President Lex Luther: Lex Luther in Superman Comics
Gets elected as part of the Tomorrow Party then is impeached for using a supersteriod, stealing a battle suit and trying to kill Superman and Batman.
5. President Mackenzie Allen: Geena Davis in Commander-in-Chief
A female president...yeah right.
4. President Kang: Kang in The Simpsons
Kang and Kodos run for President after killing off President Clinton and Bob Dole. When Kang wins he enslaves the human race. Homer's reaction: "Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos."
3. The President: Alan Alda in Canadian Bacon
Invades Canada to raise his popularity. Screws it up, surrenders to Canadian Prime Minister Clark MacDonald.
2. The President: E.G. Marshall in Superman II
Hands over the United States to General Zod (who uses his power to sit around the White House). Stupid hidden President trick fails to fool Zod. Also a weak attempt to call for Superman during a presser forces Zod to crush the podium.
1. President Charles Logan: Gregory Itzin in 24
Becomes President after President Keeler's plane is shot down. So incompetent that has to have David Palmer run things from behind the scenes, then takes all the glory. Later allows his nut job wife to help with Presidential decisions.
10. President Dave Chappelle: Dave Chappelle in The Dave Chappelle Show
Chappelle reveals that America has the cure for AIDS, has mastered cloning, and has made contact with aliens, who then take him to safety on their spaceship.
9. President Glen Allen Walken: John Goodman in The West Wing
Takes office for 3 days after President Bartlet steps down. Gets extra points for being only former King of England to take office...
8. President FXJKHR: FXJKHR in Futurama
Was 60th President (not sure if it is of the U.S. or Earth). Although details of Presidency are unknown, A Monument depicts him sitting atop a throne of skulls. That's gotta count for something...
7. President Jack Stanton: John Travolta in Primary Colors
Stanton is a Democratic governor of a southern state. He appears to be a charming and philandering politician, while at the same time he eats junk food and cheats on his wife. Imagine if this guy was a real President...
6. President Thomas 'Tug' Benson: Lloyd Bridges: Hot Shots! Part Deux
[He is about ready to battle Saddam Hussein] "We'll settle this the old navy way; The first guy to die, LOSES!"
5. President Clark Kent: Clark Kent in Superman Comics
Pete Ross is running for President with Clark Kent as his campaign manager. When an assassination attempt results in Ross being injured and Kent's secret identity being revealed, Ross insists Superman take his place as the Democratic nominee. President Kent is responsible for a series of satellites broadcasting solar power to Earth. He also worked towards multilateral disarmament, and the coalition of all superhero teams into the World Peace League.
This future was observed by travelertraveller Waverider, but negated soon afterwards. Kinda hard to attack the U.S. if Superman were President...eh?
4. President David Palmer: Dennis Haysbert in 24
Foils evil plots (including several by his wife) and an assassination attempt. Runs the country from behind the scenes during President Charles Logan's first days in office. Should be noted he is the 1st black president behind Morgan Freeman in Deep Impact. He also caused UB to yell "Holly crap! Cerrano is the President!"
The President relaxes with his Secretary of Defense Jobu...
3. Dave Kovic/Bill Mitchell: Kevin Kline in Dave
Presidential impersonater Dave Kovic gets called in to act as the real President after President Bill Mitchell has a stroke during sex with his secretary. With a chance to make some change in Washington, Dave calls in his buddy Murray Blum and they re-do the budget over bratwurst.
2. President James Whitmore: Bill Pullman in Independence Day
After the planet is attacked by alien invaders, the President gives a kick ass speach to armies across the globe and they kick a little alien ass. The Prez also flys his own plane to help in the fight!
1. President James Marshall: Harrison Ford in Air Force OneFour words: "GET OFF MY PLANE!"