When you grow up in school, you learn history (or some milder textbook version of it) discussing the many U.S. presidents. You learn about all of the stories about who they are (or what their campaigns portrayed them as), and grow to admire them. After all, shouldn’t we take pride in our leaders?

Then, as what happens whenever anyone grows from child to adult, we come to realize the truth that the guys that ran this country (or still run it) are compromised, cowardly, corporatized, and whatever other word meaning “evil” that starts with “c.” Even the best president you know has a bit of a bastard in them, at best.

Fictional presidents are fortunately fictional. They can’t disappoint us because they’re either written as too good or because whatever they do affects fake people, not us in the real world. Here are some facts about some president characters from TV and film that will never hurt us.

Lisa Simpson ('The Simpsons')

Fictional Presidents PRESIDENT The Simpsons Lisa Simpson The episode Bart to the Future didn't just predict that Donald Trump would be president, but Lisa's outfit resembles what Kamala Harris wore to her VP inauguration. CRACKED.COM

Source: CNN

Thomas J. Whitmore ('Independence Day')

Fictional Presidents Independence Day PRESIDENT Thomas J. Whitmore The iconic speech (which was supposed to be a placeholder) was partly lifted from the St. Crispin's Day speech in William Shakespeare's Henry V. Hey, if it works, it works. CRACKED.COM

Source: Complex

James Marshall ('Air Force One')

Fictional Presidents PRESIDENT James Marshall Air Force One Following Waterworld, Kevin Costner was offered the role, but recommended Harrison Ford so he could do The Postman. Yup, Costner kept making great career choices at the time. CRACKED.COM

Source: Los Angeles Times

Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho ('Idiocracy')

Fictional Presidents THE house I PER UHM EX PRESIDENT Idiocracy Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho Terry Crews auditioned five times to get the role, and nailed every audition. It got to a point where he said, Dude, if you find somebody better, just give it to him. CRACKED.COM

Source: The A.V. Club

Merkin Muffley ('Dr. Strangelove')

Fictional Presidents Dr. Strangelove PRESIDENT Merkin Muffley Peter Sellers originally played the president as having a cold, but all his wheezing, sneezing, and whimpering was too funny and the other actors kept cracking up, so that was scrapped. CRACKED.COM

Source: Mental Floss

George Sears ('Metal Gear')

Fictional Presidents didas - US ARMY - - - - - PRESIDENT Metal Gear George Sears Solidus Snake could not be president in real life-not because he is slotted in by a clandestine group, but because he took office at age 28, while you have to be at leat 35 to run. CRACKED.COM

Source: CBR

Mays Gilliam ('Head of State')

Fictional Presidents FAMERICA OF STATES UNITED PRESIDENT Mays Gilliam Head of State If you look closely during Gilliam's speech at the Player's Party, you can see an extra behind him mouthing all of his lines. Perhaps that's his speech writer? CRACKED.COM

Source: Movie Mistakes

Jennifer Brown ('Y: The Last Man')

Fictional Presidents Y: The Last Man PRESIDENT Jennifer Brown The show follows a global pandemic that kills half the world's population-and it began production during the COVID-19 pandemic. It's one of several factors that caused the show's cancellation. CRACKED.COM

Source: SciFiNow

Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet ('The West Wing')

Fictional Presidents The West Wing PRESIDENT Josiah Jed Bartlet Bartlet was only supposed to appear occasionally, with the show focusing on the president's staff. However, Martin Sheen was so good at the role that it was expanded. CRACKED.COM

Source: Empire

Mackenzie Allen ('Commander in Chief')

Fictional Presidents PRESIDENT Mackenzie Allen Geena Davis and show creator Rod Lurie got wind of the show's cancellation mere minutes after Davis accepted an award for playing the first female president of the U.S. Commander in Chief CRACKED.COM

Sources: IMDb, Banderas News

Richard M. Nixon's Head ('Futurama')

Fictional Presidents PRESIDENT Futurama Richard M. Nixon('s head) The Nixon Library was unhappy about the former president's villainous portrayal, and wrote to the show about it. Years later, they asked if they could use Futurama's version for a Nixon in pop culture exhibit. CRACKED.COM

Source: Wired

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