ByMark Hofmeyer, writer at
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Mark Hofmeyer

With the presidential election happening right now I decided this would be the perfect time to compile a list of my five favorite cinematic Presidents.

These five men are all incredibly different, but they each have no problem making tough choices, jumping into fights or delivering amazing speeches.

If only it were possible to combine them into one person in the real world I think our world would country would be a better place.

These characters are my top five picks for the best Presidents who have ever led the nation on the big screen.

5. President Thomas J. Whitmore - Independence Day

Thomas J. Whitmore (Bill Pullman) is a true hero who monologues like a champ and has no problem engaging in air combat with destructive aliens. I have deep respect for a man who leads his country into combat and survives to tell the tale. What impresses me the most about Whitmore is how he was able to belt out a rousing speech on the fly. He had no speechwriters or aids telling him what to say or do. He simply stood up and delivered a speech that fueled the fight to saved the world.

4. President Tom Beck - Deep Impact

Morgan Freeman is the best and his President Beck character in Deep Impact is the kind of president everyone wants. He's cool, calm and has a voice that could persuade even the biggest warmonger to seek a peaceful solution.

I know Morgan Freeman's voice is just about the only thing that could calm me down if I found out massive rock was headed toward Earth and could destroy the planet.

3. President Merkin Muffley - Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Peter Sellers is my hero (just watch Being There if you haven't yet and you'll see why) and Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is my second favorite film (Jaws is #1).

What I love about President Merkin Muffley is how relaxed he seems in the face of chaos and one of my favorite all-time scenes involves Muffley talking to the Russian leader about potential nuclear war. It's the funniest phone conversation ever and a masterful comedic performance by Sellers.

2. President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho - Idiocracy

Terry Crews is such an underrated comedic actor. His portrayal of President Camacho in Idiocracy is a blend of earnestness, anger and bouncing pecs. He is the type of president who's not afraid to get down and dirty or allow others to have a voice -- before he busts out his machine gun.

Idiocracy is also an underrated film that has managed remain frighteningly relevant ant given the current political climate during the 2016 Presidential Election.

I'd like to think that Camacho could make this country great again.

1. President Tug Benson - Hot Shots! Part Deux

I've watched Hot Shots! Part Deux countless times and it never gets old. It is loaded with hilarious sight gags, one-liners and great characters.

However, my favorite of the bunch is President Tug Benson (Lloyd Bridges). What I love about Benson is how he isn't afraid to throw himself into action and occasionally incapacitate bad guys by unleashing a stink bomb from his backside.

The final battle between the President and Saddam Hussein is a neat mixture of weird moments, asbestos skin and Terminator 2 gags.

If our country was ever in trouble I would happily trust that Benson would save the day -- and still not remember who his wife is.

Who is your favorite cinematic president? Let me know in the comments and get out there and rock the vote today!


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