Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”) – Selfish, manipulative, stumbling from one scandal to the next, Meyer is Washington, D.C., at its most believable. It’s satire, but just barely.
James Dale (Jack Nicholson, Mars Attacks!) – When Martians invade, President Dale delivers a plea for peace to the little bulb-headed creatures. Then the Martians kill him. Forget Independence Day – this is how it would really go down.
Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho (Terry Crews, Idiocracy) – In Idiocracy’s future America, the president is Crews decked out in wrestling gear, leading our nation with the power of monster truck rallies and screaming. A future more believable with every passing day.
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James Marshall (Harrison Ford, Air Force One) – A president that is both a strong, powerful leader and physically capable of throwing terrorists out of planes? It’s just too much to hope for.
David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert, “24”) – When Palmer is nearly assassinated (twice!), he shrugs it off like it’s no biggie. This level of awesomeness is too much to expect from a politician.
Claire Underwood (Robin Wright, “House of Cards”) – Underwood spends five seasons scheming her way to the White House like a certifiable evil genius. In real-life Washington, someone from her staff would have gotten drunk and left a document detailing all her plans in an Uber and brought her down back in season 2.