15 Dubious Fictional Presidents Who Are Still Better Presidents Than Donald Trump

Happy Presidents Day! There’s never been a better time to celebrate the many centuries of old white men who have improved or worsened our quality of life for many eons. This is also a fantastic time to celebrate Barack Obama, who needs to come back and save us. I love you Barack Obama please come back!

Anyhow, for about two months I’ve been trying to remember the name of this movie about a disobedient child who becomes President of the United States, but have come up short. Today when we needed a President’s Day Post and I realized that I’ve already cheated and written about First Ladies twice (example one / example two), I came up with the idea of this list because I knew that movie would be an excellent anchor for my concept. Unfortunately, it turns out that movie was about Sinbad being the security guard for the President’s son. It was called First Kid. Like most Sinbad movies, it was probably nominated for an Academy Award.

People I would vote for over Donald Trump: that dude from Home Improvement, that tiny lesbian with the sunglasses, Sinbad, the guy who was the voice of Rafiki in “The Lion King”

Anyhow, here are 15 fictional presidents I’d still rather have in office than the yahoo we’ve got in there right now!

1. Judson Moon, “The Kid Who Became President” (1999 Children’s Book)

The protagonist of The Kid Who Became President immediately displays more foresight and self-awareness than our current president. For example, in the Prologue — not even Chapter One, folks, we’re talking Prologue — he asks, “Can a kid — an innocent seventh-grader like me — make a good president? Or did the job totally overwhelm me and make me fall on my face, humiliating me and the office of the President?” I don’t know, did you almost start a war with Australia? Did you ask Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails? Are you OBSESSED with the size of your inauguration day crowd and can’t stop talking about it? Do you spend $3 million taxpayer dollars every weekend to go hang out in YOUR OWN HOTEL in Florida?  Nah? Okay you’re doing great. Apparently this kid eventually requires help from the ghost of Abraham Lincoln, but let’s be real: same.

2. Chet Roosevelt, Americathon (1979 Movie)

Chet relocates the capital from Washington DC to Los Angeles, eventually abandons office to run away to Vietnam with his pop star girlfriend. Ideal outcome for current President, although the expense of moving DC to Los Angeles seems unsustainable. Maybe John McCain could say something about that and then do absolutely nothing about it. Just an idea!

3. George Washington, Masters of Horror, “The Washingtonians” (2007 TV Episode)

George eats people, uses the bones and skin of dead children to manufacture everyday household objects. MADE IN AMERICA!

4. A Monkey, “The Monkey Who Became President” (1975 song)

“Yes, a monkey was the President, though maybe not the first, and there was peace and harmony throughout the universe.”

Enough said.

5. President Mike Brady, The Brady Bunch in the White House (2002 TV Movie)

Mike, an architect with zero political experience, picks his wife to be Vice President, even though she also has zero political experience. When Congress resists Carol’s appointment, Mike and Carol win them over with a thrilling song and dance number. Honestly I’m not necessarily opposed to requiring Trump’s Cabinet to do the same. I’d love to see Steve Bannon do “Poor Unfortunate Souls.”

6. President Nathan Petrelli, Heroes (2006-2010 TV Show)

Nathan Petrelli turns out to not actually be Nathan Petrelli but instead is Sylar, a serial killer played by noted Serial Killer Portrayer Zach Quinto. Sylar has superpowers that enable him to look like anyone, including Nathan Petrelli. I forget what happened next but it was probably better than Donald Trump’s presser last Thursday. I think everything was fine for this guy ’cause later that same actor played a character with the exact same personality in The Lying Game, a show that got cancelled ’cause only one person watched it. (Me)

7. President James Dale, Mars Attacks(1996 Movie)

James went to Princeton and also gets killed by aliens. Pretty ideal outcome.

8. President Dexter, Saturday Night Live (1975 TV Sketch)

Dexter had mustard on his chin and can’t read. Which is way better than “chooses not to read.”

9. President Mallard Fillmore, “Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew” (1982 Comic Book)

Mallard is an actual duck… yet somehow manages to find a suit and tie that actually fit his body. Take notes!

10. President David Herman, Mad TV (1996 sketch)

David Herman only has opinions when he’s drunk. I’m not sure how often Trump is drunk, but if it’s less often than “all the time,” this would be a preferable situation.

11. President FXJKHR, Futurama (1999 TV Show)

President FXJKHR eats people. This seems to be a recurring theme. However, President FXJKHR never tweeted “Happy #Birthday! The best human bodies are found at the FXJKHR Hospital. I love humans!”

12. Max Frost, Wild in the Streets (1968 Movie)

Max spikes the water in congress with LSD. Fun!

13. Duck, “Duck for President” (2004 Children’s Book)

Duck burns out pretty quickly and goes back to the farm to write his autobiography. Another ideal outcome for our current president.

14. Frank Underwood, House of Cards (2013 —> TV Show)

Earlier this month I flew to Los Angeles and didn’t buy in-flight WiFi. Therefore, I’d set myself up for a five-hour break from Donald Trump news, which was by far the longest break I’d taken from Donald Trump related news since inauguration day. Still, I thought I could prepare myself for the inevitable terror that awaited me at LAX (besides LAX itself) by watching House of Cards for three hours. I can say unequivocally that House of Cards was way less scary and fucked up than landing, firing up Twitter, and seeing that Donald Trump had threatened to pull federal funding from U.C Berkeley for “practicing violence” and “not allowing free speech” ’cause they’d canceled a Hateful Speaker’s planned Hate Speech. Frank Underwood is basically Thomas J. Whitmore compared to Donald Trump.

15. The Girl In This Picture I Just Drew In Photoshop (My Computer, Just Now)

She might be just a drawing I drew in Photoshop, but that doesn’t mean she’s not pro-choice. (She is pro-choice) (Obama save us)

Just for the record if I had to pick a GOOD fictional president to take over for Donald Trump, it would obviously be Jeb Bartlett. Please let me know all your feelings about fictional presidents in the comments but please refrain from Veep spoilers ’cause I’m only on Season Two and please refrain from mentioning Love Actually because I hate that movie.

Thank you all, Goddess Bless America!

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  1. I can’t believe you remember Judson Moon and The Kid Who Ran For President. That book was my JAM when I was in second grade and I think of it often, along with Judson’s elderly neighbor (I think her name was June?) who advocated quite sensibly for communism when she told Judson that her policy advice was to make everything free.

    I have another suggestion of someone who would be a better president than our current president, and that is The Boss from the Saints Row video games, a gangster who rides on a missile set to Aerosmith’s “Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” and then lands in the Oval Office and assumes the presidency. The boss is a genderfluid badass who likes to murder the alien police, and their notable policy decisions consist of the role-play option where you get to choose whether you want to “Fuck Cancer” or “Fuck Hunger.” I love The Boss and wish they ran our country today.

  2. Riese am I The Girl In This Picture You Just Drew In Photoshop, just wondering. Also I prefer to have a cat in the White House if it is, thanks.

    • I was independently thinking how Frank would make a better president. Then had to check this list and saw him on it.

  3. Others Who Would Be Better Presidents

    A can of paint
    Stick Stickley from Nickelodeon
    The kid who asked me out in junior high because I smiled at him once
    A half-eaten banana with googly eyes

    Am I doing this right

  4. Of all the terrible things Trump has done and will do, one of the worst is making me physically unable to rewatch The West Wing without sobbing. What I wouldn’t give to live in a world where Jed Bartlett is President. I would also take President Andrew Shepherd from The American President. Actually, any fictional President created by Aaron Sorkin would pretty much work. Though, I guess, as long as I’m wishing for alternative universes, I still would rather live in the alternative universe imagined by Sarah Lerner at @IfHillaryHad.

    • ME TOO.

      I never even really liked The West Wing and now I need to hang out with CJ on the regular to remember that love is not a lie.

      Jk. Love is a lie.

  5. Oh man, what was the name of that movie in the ’90s when the president impersonator became the president? Doug? He falls in love with the a actual president’s wife and it’s Annette Bening?

    • Wait, no. I mixed up The American President (where Michael DOUGlas falls in love with Annette Bening) and Dave (where Kevin Kline falls in love with Sigourney Weaver). I do like it when Michael Douglas sends Annette Bening the Virginia ham.

    • Yes! I watched it in junior high, Kevin Kline played the president/double. I do remember there was some kind of romance between him and the First Lady (possibly creepy in retrospect? Did she know he wasn’t her husband?)

      But Annette Bening was the love interest in The American President, where Michael Douglas was prez.

      • The first lady was Sigourney Weaver! She was the best. “Thank you for doing this, Helen.” She totally knew he wasn’t her husband (who was an ass).

    • Although Roslin is not pro-choice and makes questionable decisions based on religion all the time. She’s basically fuckable Mike Pence without the homophobia. Is that okay because of the extreme circumstances? I’m still torn up over BSG’s ethical quandaries.

  6. Mark Cuban in Sharknado 3

    Fitzgerald Grant from Scandal, while recovering from an assassination attempt

  7. The pro wrestler president from Idiocracy, who at least had somewhat good intentions if I recall correctly.

  8. Steve Bannon doing “Poor Unfortunate Souls”

    ….stick a fork in me. I’m dead completely cooked, sliced and on a platter.

    • I think Donald Trump actually sees himself as Jan and is intent on destroying the world if it doesn’t help him convince himself he’s Marcia.

      • “I just got off the phone with the tremendous world leader George Glass, real classy guy, and he wants everyone to know I’m doing a terrific job at being the best president a boyfriend could ask for.”

  9. Pius Thicknesse. So he’s a Minister of Magic instead of the President of the United States. Also Voldemort’s imperius-ed puppet. But still better.

  10. The President from “My Date with the President’s Daughter,” who abused his power to compile a file on Eric Matthews.

    Did anyone else love this movie?

    • My date with the President’s daughter… my date with the president’s daughter, oh yeah. My date… with her…

      I still get this song stuck in my head about once a month. Also, when the movie first came out that scene where the president’s daughter tries on the neon pink crushed velvet mini dress nearly gave me a lil gay heart attack. ~swoooOon~

  11. Bill Pullman in Independence Day, OBVIOUSLY. Best non-Sorkin fictional president, as far as I’m concerned.

  12. President Martinez from the 2007 Disney Channel series Cory in the House
    (he’s coded as Latino, has an adorable daughter, loves bobbleheads, and takes time to give questionable advice to teenagers! What’s not to like?)

    Or the actual ideal if we can’t have Obama back: President Wonder Woman from Supergirl who is like Hillary but with the improvement of being Wonder Woman and also probably an alien

  13. President Gaius Baltar, a self-serving charismatic cult leader and scientist who collaborates with the enemy. Better than Trump, unless you’re Colonel Tigh.

  14. Prez, either the original version (created by Captain America co-creator Joe Simon) or the new version, both satirical comics characters.

  15. ?? Excuse me? What’s duck doing on a list of dubious fictional presidents better than Trump? I mean, he’s still better then Trump, but he got burnout by working really hard at all his paperwork. No, duck wasn’t a dubious president. He was a great president, who’s not 1000x, but 100000000000000000x better a president then Trump.

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