The TV series universe is currently illuminated by one of the most controversial characters ever seen on America’s screens: Frank Underwood. The 46th President of the United States seems to embody the typical Machiavellian hero, ready to do everything to get power and control. Supported by his wife Claire Underwood, a woman attracted by the esteem, power and charisma she could achieve as the first lady, Frank Underwood knows and directs all of the schemes that move Washington D.C. in House of Cards.
Frank Underwood offers a different version of the American politician: he doesn’t care about his people, he only points to his personal enrichment and power, he uses his office just to reach his personal goals and he is also ready to kill people who impedes his path (see Peter Russo and Zoe Barnes’ death). He basically shows us the evil side of American politics and its core: D.C.. I find it one of the most interesting characters on TV today, also thanks to the great job Kevin Spacey is doing so far.
By the way, we know this is just fiction. Anyway, there are 5 things Frank Underwood has in common with his honorable colleagues:
1. He was born in South Carolina
Frank Underwood was born in Gaffney, a small town in South Carolina. This is the State where he grew up and started his path to the White House. He is not the only White House resident to have The Palmetto State as native land: Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States, was born in the Waxhaw region.
2. He served as both Vice President and President of the United States without being elected.
We all know Frank Underwood doesn’t need people’s approval, that’s why he said: “Democracy is so overrated”. Anyway, History sometimes can really surprise us with weird events and paradoxes and give someone the chance to govern with no election. This is what happen to Gerald Ford, the 40th President of the United States.
3. He loves ribs!
Frank Underwood has one weak point: he loves ribs! This is the reason why his restaurant of choice is Freddy’s BBQ. The owner open the restaurant at any hour of the day for him. We have one more President with the passion for ribs: Lyndon Johnson, 36th President of the United States. His BBQ diplomacy became legendary.
4. He attended a military college
Frank Underwood attended “The Sentinel” military academy. He wasn’t one of the top students but his power and political path, once again, gave him the opportunity to become one of “The Sentinel” most famous students. Underwood’s college is based on “The Citadel” in Charleston, South Carolina. Two U.S. Presidents attended this school: Ulysses Grant (18th President) and Dwight Eisenhower (34th President).
5. He attended Harvard Law School
Frank Underwood has been a great jurist and he brings his wide knoledge of law into politics and Washington’s mechanisms. However, there’s one more President who attended this famous Law School: the 44th President of the United States Barack Obama.
Do you know any other thing Frank Underwood shares with any U.S. President?
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