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The worlds of film and television have given us some fantastic fictional U.S. Presidents over the years. From Harrison Ford's President James Marshall in Air Force One, Martin
Sheen's President Jed Bartlet in The West Wing, Dennis Haysbert's
President David Palmer in 24, and Bill Pullman's President Thomas
Whitmore in Independence Day, to name but four. These first rate fictional Commanders in Chief could make you wish they were actually leading the country for real.
We've also had some truly terrible fictional Presidents. Conniving, double-crossing, back-stabbing, lying, cheating, murdering even. Chiefs of State who held the most powerful office and believed themselves to be above the law. Presidents who used and abused their power, or were just totally inept at the job.
So as Americans prepare to go to the polls, choosing between, as South Park so wonderfully puts it, "a Giant Douche or a Turd Sandwich", join us as we look at five of the worst fictional U.S. Presidents to have ever graced the screen. (And let's just hope that hindsight doesn't prove that any of them would've been a better choice than what's on offer right now)
President Charles Logan (24)
A stark warning to any wannabe Presidents, make sure you choose your VP very carefully. Charles Logan was sworn into office during 24's fourth season when former President John Keeler was critically injured in a terrorist attack. Logan was totally unprepared for the Presidency, unable to lead the country and suffered some kind of personal breakdown at the thought of the massive responsibility.
Subsequently, Logan's administration fell into corruption. The show's fifth season saw him engage in a massive conspiracy to solidify United States oil interests which involved him approving the assassination of former President David Palmer, framing Jack Bauer for murder and launching a nerve gas attack on U.S. citizens.
President Allen Richmond (Absolute Power)
Hmm, a 1990's President who's having an affair. Wonder where they got that idea from?
President's are people and we all make mistakes, but President Allen Richmond's big one was that he believed himself to be above the law. After an affair he was having with his best friend's young wife got out of hand, the Secret Service shot and killed her. Richmond attempted to cover the incident up, and he would've got away with it if it wasn't for a pesky burglar hiding behind a one-way mirror.
The closing act of Absolute Power sees Richmond get his comeuppance, but the original 1996 novel went even further as Richmond was impeached and subsequently executed.
President Will Cooper (Pixels)
Just because it's Kevin fucking James.
President Fitzgerald Grant III (Scandal)
Voted into office with the aid of dirty tricks, including leaking false information about his opponent and rigging voting machines, President Fitzgerald Grant III subsequently suffocated a cancer ridden woman just to stop her revealing the truth.
"Fitz" really does help the television series Scandal earn its title through all the above and more, including having an affair with political operative Olivia Pope.
President Francis Underwood (House Of Cards)
See, the thing is, Frank Underwood isn't actually a terrible President, to give him his due he's a pretty great politician, at least on the surface of things anyway.
Throughout his meteoric rise to the Oval Office Underwood remained cool, calculating and always appeared to be in control. He'd be a great Commander in Chief if it wasn't for all the bribery, blackmail, extra marital affairs, dog strangling and murder that he partakes in.
But hey, he's still quite possibly a better choice than Trump!
Good luck America.