Barack Obama Gets Advice from Pop Culture Presidents

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Barack Obama, Round 2. Barack Obama: The Sequel. Barack Obama Returns, Redux, Reloaded, Revisited, Rises, Strikes Back, New and Improved, Electric Boogaloo, and Back in the Habit. The man has been reelected as President of the United States of America, which means we’re all set to gear up for the follow-up to the blockbuster hit (albeit with mixed critical reception), Obama: First Term.

The pres has been through this whole shebang before. Having run our nation for the past four years, we’ve got to assume he knows the drill enough to kick off his second go at achieving world peace… or whatever the goal is here. Going to Mars? Building the world’s tallest skyscraper? What’s at the top of your list, Mr. President?

Even with one fifth a score under his belt, there’s always room for advice. Obama would be wise to follow the sage words of people who’ve dealt with the position before. Not real presidents like Bill Clinton, the Bushes, and Jimmy Carter. What do they know? No, we’re talkin’ the real Oval Office heroes. The ones from movies!

Open your ears to the wisdom of your predecessors, Barry-O. These quick quips might be all you need to bring your nation to safety in a clean 90 minute story one day.”Never let anybody on your plane.” – President James Marshall (Harrison Ford in Air Force One)

“Presidents are like sharks. If we stop moving for even one second, we’ll die. Walk and talk, walk and talk!” – President Jed Bartlett (Martin Sheen on The West Wing)

“Don’t sweat any crisis too much. A construction team will inevitably solve all your problems.” – the president from Armageddon (Stanley Anderson)

“It’s very important that you always… ah, who cares. Everyone’s going to forget about your presidency and go see the Michael Bay one instead, anyway.” – President Beck (Morgan Freeman in Deep Impact)

“People are there for your amusement. Give them crossbows and watch what happens.” – President Snow (Donald Sutherland in The Hunger Games)

“Instantly incarcerate or deport anyone who looks like you… unless you want to end up strapped to a hospital bed for the final year of your presidency.” – President Bill Mitchell (Kevin Kline in Dave)

“Not every American voice counts… but Kevin Costner does.” – President Andrew Boone (Kelsey Grammer in Swing Vote)

“Stock your cabinet with other characters played by the same actor who plays you. It works for greater harmony in decision making.” – President Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb)

“A good secret agent can make up for a staff of evil associates, and a none-too-loyal wife.” – President David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert on 24)

“Kill those f***ing Cylons.” – President Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell on Battlestar Galactica)[Photo Credit: ]


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