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THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT is as topical as todays headlines What subjects are more in the news than President Clintons reelection and single parents Well in this comedy we get both The names have been changed to protect the innocent as they say but the movie leaves no doubt that this is a movie that asks the question what would it be like if today the president was single because his wife had died of cancer during the 1992 campaign In director Rob Reiners THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT it is the third year of the first term of 49 year old Democratic president Andrew Shepherd Michael Douglas Just like William Bill Clinton he goes by a nickname Andy His opponent in the campaign is the conservative Republican and Senate majority leader Bob Rumson Richard Dreyfuss Not only is Dreyfuss made to resemble Bob Dole he even represents Kansas as well Playing the Chelsea role is another 12 year old girl Lucy Shepherd Shawna Waldron As senior policy advisor George Stephanopoulos we have a short actor with a lot of hair and a temper just like him Lewis Rothschild Michael J Fox See the documentary THE WAR ROOM if you want to see the real Stephanopoulos in action The parallels go on and on Here the president is not sure what he is for other than getting good poll numbers and being reelected The moral of the show of course is that he discovers his values and finds his missing backbone much as a paleontologist might discover a new dinosaur The Republicans in the movie are only interested in slinging mud they met in smoke filled paneled rooms where they smoke big cigars and they talk like devils The Democrats on the other hand have a handsome and charismatic leader and they are out to save the planet with bills on global warming Were life so clear we could give up on elections and turn the government over
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