Vote for best movie/TV President in a crisis.
For those to lazy to clique through to amazon.com, your choices are:
- Harrison Ford as President James Marshall in Air Force One;
- Bill Pullman as President Thomas J. Whitmore in Independence Day;
- Morgan Freeman as President Tom Beck in Deep Impact;
- Peter Sellers as President Merkin Muffley in Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb;
- Mary McDonnell as President Laura Roslin in Battlestar Galactica;
- Dennis Haysbert as President David Palmer in 24;
- Jack Nicholson as President James Dale in Mars Attacks!.
The only choice here is Bill Pullman, obviously, and yet, somehow, it would appear Mary McDonnell has pulled ahead. I call faulty voting machines! Doubtlessly manipulated by evil cyborgs. Of some description.
Don't you think it a little remiss, though, of amazon not to have found a suitable Ronald Reagan movie!? I mean, come on, people: some sense of humour, please?!
Finally, isn't it surprising how many of those fictional Presidents deal with space related crises?! Are down-to-earth (yes, I know, I know, I am sooooooo punny) crises not exciting enough? Or do they just cut a little bit too close to home? Or is it that we find it hard to believe in the solutions given? (Take, for instance the President in the West Wing who seems to solve all problems by waving a magical wand. Well, that's the only explanation I can think of anyway. Or maybe he just has a magic get-out-of-jail-free card. That would work, too, of course.)