George Clooney‘s highly anticipated new movie “Ides Of March” hits theatres on Friday.Playing a Democratic presidential candidate in the movie — and brushing them off in real life — Clooney is the latest actor to step into the fictional shoes of the Commander-In-Chief.
So how does he measure up?
Hollywood has had a roller-coaster relationship with the White House over the last few decades.
And how the president is portrayed in film is usually a fairly good measure of how the country is feeling towards Washington (Clooney’s movie by his own admission is cynical to the extreme) or how it wishes it was feeling (cf. Michael Douglas in the American President).
And sometimes Jack Nicholson gets killed off by aliens.
1995 - The American President or The White House as romantic comedy. This was Aaron Sorkin's presidential warm-up before he hit it out of the park with The West Wing.
1999-2008: Josiah Bartlet. It's possible Obama has been living as much in his shadow at times as real life Presidents. TWO CATHEDRALS...enough said.
2005-2006: Before Hillary Clinton or Sarah Palin threw their hat in the ring Geena Davis was playing president. We're still waiting for the real life version.
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