The Top 5 Fictional Presidents
It’s President’s Day in the United States, and what better way to celebrate than by counting down the top five fictional presidents? They saved the world from alien invasions and Gary Oldman. And they looked looked hella good doing it.
Runner Up: Michael Keaton as John MacKenzie in ‘First Daughter’
He’s Batman and Beetlejuice, do you require more than that? I’d vote for Michael Keaton any day.
Number 5: Morgan Freeman as President Tom Beck in ‘Deep Impact’
Does this need an explanation?
Number 4: Mary McDonnell as President Laura Roslin on ‘Battlestar Galactica’
OK, so I’m cheating. She isn’t the President of the United States, she’s the President of the Twelve Colonies. But she’s far more courageous and intelligent than most presidents, both fictional and real. She was a teacher and the Secretary of Education prior to the Cylon attack that destroyed the Twelve Colonies. And she’s damn frightening when she wants to be.
Number 3: Bill Pullman as President Thomas J. Whitmore in ‘Independence Day”
This is exactly the kind of man I want running our country when the aliens attack.
Number 2: Harrison Ford as President James Marshall in ‘Air Force One’
The movie in which Han Solo/Indiana Jones throws Dracula/Sirius Black out of a plane. I mean, I don’t know what else you want from a president.
Number 1: Martin Sheen as President Josiah ‘Jed’ Bartlet on ‘The West Wing’
I could write an entire thesis on why this man is my ideal president, from his knowledge about US national parks to his penchant for making people wear Notre Dame apparel if they sass him. But it’s his steadfast dedication to doing the right thing and hiring men who look like Rob Lowe that really get me. He’s a man of great ideas and his voice just has that presidential sound to it. Here’s a clip from “20 Hours in America,” one of the best episodes the show ever did.