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15 Movie Presidents We Wish Were Real 

Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln (Lincoln) and Anthony Hopkins as Richard Nixon (Nixon) get all of the critical acclaim, but fake presidents, like Aaron Eckhart as President Benjamin Asher in this week's Olympus Has Fallen, exemplify ideals just as meaningful. Here are fifteen fake presidents we wish were real, even if only for a First 100 Days.

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"Tommy "Tiny" Lister as President Lindberg in The Fifth Element (1997)

President Lindberg will give you twenty goddamn seconds to make your case about why you shouldn't open fire immediately on mysterious civilizations."
"Bill Pullman as President Thomas J. Whitmore in Independence Day (1996)

Pullman plays President Thomas J. Whitmore, who also was a fighter pilot. And a family man. He also has one of, if not the most, Presidential name on this list. I
"Chris Rock as presidential candidate and eventual President Mays Gilliam in Head of State (2003)

This Chris Rock vehicle (he wrote, directed and starred in it) has Rock's Mays Gilliam as a D.C. alderman until disaster strikes and he's
"Harrison Ford, Air Force One (1997)

Ford plays President James Marshall, who yells, "GET OFF MY PLANE!""
"Kevin Kline as presidential stand-in David Kovic, Dave (1993)

Kline's David Kovic has an uncanny resemblance to President Bill Mitchell (both played by Kline, of course) and is asked to fill in for President Mitchell. "I had a couple
"Terry Crews as President Camacho in Idiocracy (2006)

Camacho: "Shit. I know shit's bad right now, with all that starving bullshit, and the dust storms, and we are running out of french fries and burrito coverings.""
"Michael Douglas, The American President (1995)

Playing President Andrew Shepherd, Douglas is a president who finds himself dating and claiming that "The White House is the single greatest home court advantage in the modern world.""
"Peter Sellers as President Merkin Muffley in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

One of Sellers' multiple roles in the film was as President Muffley. As the prez, Sellers proclaims, "Gentlemen,
"Jack Nicholson as President James Dale in Mars Attacks! (1996)

Spoiler alert: Nicholson's President Dale is fatally stabbed by a detached, animated hand from the Martian leader. Before that scene, Dale references Meat Loaf with this l
"John Travolta (on right) as President Jack Stanton in Primary Colors (1998)

Portraying -- unofficially -- Bill Clinton in this 1998 comedy, John Travolta's a presidential candidate and eventual commander-in-chief whose personal probl
"Morgan Freeman as President Tom Beck in Deep Impact (1998)

Read this in your best Morgan Freeman voice. As President Beck, he closes out the film with these lines: "We watched as the bombs shattered the second comet into a million pie
"Jack Lemmon as President Russell P. Kramer, James Garner as President Matt Douglas and Dan Aykroyd (not pictured) as President William Haney in My Fellow Americans (1996)

Ex-presidents played by Lemmon and Garner unite against Preside
"Kelsey Grammer as President Andrew Boone in Swing Vote (2008)

Before Joe the Plumber (remember him?) came into the spotlight in October 2008, Swing Vote's Bud (Kevin Costner), determined the outcome of a presidential election.
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"Tommy "Tiny" Lister as President Lindberg in The Fifth Element (1997)

President Lindberg will give you twenty goddamn seconds to make your case about why you shouldn't open fire immediately on mysterious civilizations."
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