After today there will be a new President elect for the United States. Perhaps you would have preferred one of these instead:
Entertainment Weekly asked readers which pop culture presidents they like best. Here’s what they found:
- 51 percent – Martin Sheen in The West Wing. After seven years of Aaron Sorkin walk-and-talks and rousing speeches, it’s no wonder Josiah “Jed” Bartlet won in a landslide. He wasn’t just a good president: He inspired us all to be better human beings, too. If everyone writes him in this November, he’ll have to take office, right?
- 27 percent – Julia Louis-Dreyus in Veep. Selina Meyer may be as vulgar as she is incompetent, but Louis-Dreyus imbues the selfish politician with a certain relatability even when she’s pulling the plug on her own mother or saying unspeakable things about croissants.
- 14 percent – Harrison Ford in Air Force One. James Marshall is a protective father. He has a zero-tolerance policy for terrorism. And he single handedly threw a Russian hijacker (Gary Oldom) off his plane. What more do you want?
- 8 percent – Michael Douglas in The American President. Douglas is completely charming as President Andrew Shepherd in this Aaron Sorkin penned romantic comedy. And his finale speech about political integrity and mudslinging feels especially relevant in 2016.
Which of these, in your estimation, was most presidential, or could it be someone else completely?