Profiles In Courage: The 10 Most Inspiring Fictional Presidents In Film and Television

By Rob Payne | Seriously Random Lists | February 20, 2012 |

Thus, in honor of a government sponsored shopping holiday Presidents' Day -- Washington's Birthday, if you're pedantic -- here are 10 Fictional Presidents To Inspire Our Real Life Presidents Of Today, Tomorrow, And The Day After That For When Shit Finally Does Get Apocalyptic:

President Joe "Not Sure" Bauers (Luke Wilson, Idiocracy, 2006)

President Bill Mitchell, aka Dave Kovic (Kevin Kline, Dave, 1993)

President James Marshall (Harrison Ford, Air Force One, 1997)

President James Dale (Jack Nicholson, Mars Attacks!, 1996)

President Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers, Dr. Strangelove, 1964)

President David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert, "24," 2001-2006)

President Thomas J. Whitmore (Bill Pullman, Independence Day, 1995)

President Beck (Morgan Freeman, Deep Impact, 1998)

President Jed Bartlett (Martin Sheen, "The West Wing," 1999-2006)

President Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell, "Battlestar Galactica," 2004-2009)

Battlestar Galactica - Laura Roslin! from goofreet on Vimeo.

So say we all!

Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar, and his ware can be purchased here (if you're into that sort of thing). He has anecdotal evidence that suggests the best thing any U.S. President ever did was making a national holiday in their honor.

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