November 4, 2008, - 9:17 pm

Some Favorite Presidential Movies

By Debbie Schlussel
Recently, I was inducted as a member of the Detroit Film Critics Society.
That means that along with Tom Long of The Detroit News and other prominent Detroit-area movie critics, I vote on our choice of the year’s best film, etc. It’s similar to the other film critic societies that each major city around the country has. You often read of their choices for best picture in the national papers.
About a month ago, members of our organization were asked by a Lansing, Michigan reporter to note two of our favorite films depicting American Presidents, real or fictional.
I picked one of each:
* Terry Crews’ portrayal of President Camacho–reader Ari reminds me that his full name is President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho–in the 2006 movie, “Idiocracy“: This is a movie readers of this site know well, since I constantly note how fast we’re approaching that fiction as our reality. If you haven’t seen that movie, you must rent it. Trust me, you’ll love it, since it documents well our dumbing down and decline. I’ve posted this video several times before, but I just can’t get enough of President Camacho’s “State of the Union” address sometime in the year 2500. Pour yourself a glass of Brawndo, because with tonight’s overwhelming vote for Obama, we’re headed there even faster and sooner than expected.

* Charlton Heston’s magnificant portrayal of President Andrew Jackson in his pre-White House days in “The President’s Lady.” A classic, classy movie from 1953.
Which movies and Presidential portrayals would you pick?

8 Responses

How about Paul Giamatti as John Adams? Jefferson and Washington as portrayed in the same series were also excellent.

ibn Abu on November 4, 2008 at 9:44 pm

One of my favorite movies since I was a child, Charlton Heston’s magnificant portrayal of General Andrew Jackson, in the War of 1812 in New Orleans, in ‘The Buccaneer’ directed by Anthony Quinn, with Yul Bynner as the pirate Jean Lafitte……”By the Eternal!!!” … I love this film….

NickFury on November 4, 2008 at 9:58 pm

Yes, this election shows the American people at their greediest and dumbest. They will fall out of love as quickly as they fell in.
I’m just devastated.

PJ on November 5, 2008 at 2:01 am


ace-o-aces on November 5, 2008 at 2:20 am

Hey ass-o-asses, thanks for your compasssion that you and your party claim to exuberate so much.

RadicalRightWinger on November 5, 2008 at 9:06 am

America has finally done it, we have elected a full fledged red diaper doper baby to the Presidency.
Thanks to the dumbed down morons we now have a moron for President.

ScottyDog on November 5, 2008 at 11:31 am

Hey Debbie
I feel like I have been on a bender, not that I have ever been on one, after last nights follies.
Anyway, to get to the point. I love The President’s Lady also. I thought I was the only living person left who even knows this movie. I grew up loving old movies and would rather watch AMC channel any day over HBO smut.

formerwm on November 5, 2008 at 11:44 am

This is the best movie!
It is NOT another slob-comedy, it is prophetic science fiction docu-drama that may indeed foretell our nations future.
The opening scene may explain our the future voters of our nation:

LocalLawman on November 5, 2008 at 6:43 pm

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