On Rating the Fictional Presidents

Historians like to create lists. Which presidents were best? Which were worst? So on, and so forth.

My brother called. He mentioned that a television station was showing Dave, that wonderful film about a man called upon to impersonate the president when he suffered a stroke, and his transformation from the tool of the imperious chief of staff into a leader of his own.

This reminded me that several years ago Atlantic Monthly ran an article wherein famous presidential historians ranked fictional presidents as they would have ranked real presidents.

Ranking the Movie Presidents.”

Damn, my google-fu powers are good. 😉

Dave Kovic ranks as a failure, largely because of the extra-Constitutional manner in which he assumed office. But that’s to be expected; presidential historians aren’t known for their senses of humor — or their love of Kapra-esque fairy tales.

Nevertheless, it’s a fun little article. 🙂

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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