*Note error in ballot. George Bush Senior in the Simpsons episode. NOT W.
If I left any off of the ballot you can write in your vote in the comments below. Now, I will admit that I haven't seen all of these movie presidents in action...they were nominated by my friends on my facebook status thread...but I will try and give the best background on them as I possibly can. :) So let's start with the fictional.
Morgan Freeman - President Beck of Deep Impact. This guy sure knows how to give an inspiring speech of hope to people that are completely screwed over. Though he can't save everyone in America, he puts forth a plan to save the country's best and brightest. Well better than nothing I guess, but I'm pretty sure I'd be toast in this scenario.
Bill Pullman - President Whitmore of Independence Day. When you're President of the U.S.A. and aliens just invaded what do you do? If you're President Whitmore you just don't bring the country together....you bring the WORLD together.
Kevin Kline - Dave Kovic/President Bill Mitchell in Dave. Kevin Kline pulls double duty playing both the President AND the President's doppelganger that take on the job after an accident. Both have very different policies and priorities as President. One works on his "marriage" and values children and education. The other took a more....shall we say, Bill Clinton role as a President if you know what I mean.
Michael Douglas - President Andrew Shephard of The American President. Recently widowed President Shepherd is looking for love! Will he find it in a beautiful environmental lobbyist? Probably yeah.
Mark Harmon - President James Foster of Chasing Liberty. Younger attractive President with an angsty daughter looking for love. Better send a hunky secret service agent to protect her.
Michael Keaton - President Mackenzie of First Daughter. See above since the plots and characters are virtually the same. But hey how random The first lady is played by Margaret Colin, who also played an advisor to Bill Pullman's president in Independence Day.
Bruce Greenwood - "the president" of National Treasure 2. Not sure why this one stood out to me....maybe it's because I find anyone shady that trusts Nicolas Cage.
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Jon Voight - FDR in Pearl Harbor. You will find really quickly that the list of movies in this section is from a wide array of quality (for entertainment purposes.) But you have to hand it to the makeup crew for transforming Voight! Plus his delivery of the speech was pretty decent.
Dan Hedaya - Richard Nixon in Dick. This silly comedy offering the then unknown identity of "deep throat" is probably one of my favorite Presidential movies out there. It's just dumb fun and Hedaya certainly plays his part well.
Anthony Hopkins - Richard Nixon in Nixon. Or if you don't like comedy...go for a dramatic version of the same guy. Seriously though who hasn't Hopkins played??
Henry Fonda - Abraham Lincoln in Young Mr. Lincoln. My mom suggested this one.. I have never seen it but I know Henry Fonda is solid in every role.
Robert Barron - Abraham Lincoln in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. If you don't care for an older film with a serious Lincoln, go for the one that utters "Party on dudes!"
Kevin Kline - Ulysses S Grant in Wild Wild West. Remember this terrible movie? I completely blocked it out...including the fact that Kevin Kline also portrayed an actual president.
Robin Williams - Teddy Roosevelt in Night at the Museum. Wise man on a horse. But Robin Williams? Not sure I was sold.
Harry Shearer - George Bush in The Simpsons. Haha okay I cheated by adding a tv one...but this is probably one of my favorite Simpsons episodes as the senior Bush moves across the street to the Simpsons and soon begins a war.
So let your voice be heard and VOTE!! And if I missed your favorite be sure to write them in. If this faux election had been held later this year we could have added Daniel Day Lewis and Bill Murray to the list...I guess they'll have to wait for the next election. Oh and happy (or possibly sad) Election Day!