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In The Contender Jeff Bridges plays the character of Jackson Evans the President of the United States Using James Barbers The Presidential Character I would classify the character of President Jackson Evans as activenegative and perhaps activepositive In the beginning of the movie he uses flattery to deceive the character of Senator Jack Hathaway Throughout the movie he refers to the nomination of Senator Laine Hanson as the swan song of his administration From this you would think he was using Senator Hanson as a tool a way for his administration to go down in the history books At times he exhibits a sense of fun and humor for example in his dealings with the staff of the White House That time it felt like he was treating the power he had as President as a joke like its a trip that he can get what he wants ex shark sandwich Smug satisfied intelligent but is he doing this for personal or professional satisfaction He seems more concerned with having a smooth nomination less problems for his administration than he does for Senator Hanson Evans has nowhere left to go he is halfway into his second term as president Like Clinton and many before him he seems to be doing everything he can to make sure people will remember his administration Only towards the end do you start to feel different about him His talk with Senator Laine outside the White House his speech towards the end of the movie these seem to point towards an activepositive president He appears to care about Senator Laine It could have been all an act been that he was playing Senator Jack Hathaway for a fool Filling his head up with nonsense in the beginning will he prepared to attack later on Could he be using Senator Laine the same way appearing to care doing what is necessary to keep her aboard It also
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