History Film / TheAmericanPresident

30th Apr '16 2:17:58 AM Fireblood
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* EmotionalRegression: Shepard has been out of the dating loop for a ''long time'', so his attempts at learning about Sydney come across as high school-ish. Lampshaded by A.J. "I could pass her a note before study hall."

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* EmotionalRegression: Shepard has been out of the dating loop for a ''long time'', so his attempts at learning about Sydney come across as high school-ish. Lampshaded {{Lampshaded}} by A.J. : "I could pass her a note before study hall."



** This is actually the central theme of the movie: Are Andrew Shepherd and the President of the United States two seperate entities, or are they one and the same? And being the President, does Andrew have any right or expectation of a private life?

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** This is actually the central theme of the movie: Are are Andrew Shepherd and the President of the United States two seperate separate entities, or are they one and the same? And being the President, does Andrew have any right or expectation of a private life?



* FashionHurts: Lucy is helping her father put on a bowtie for the state dinner and he complains that it's too tight:

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* FashionHurts: Lucy is helping her father put on a bowtie bow tie for the state dinner and he complains that it's too tight:



* FieryRedhead: Sydney
* FiveFiveFive: Averted when President Shepherd gives Sydney the White House's phone number as 456-1414. Dialing that number after the 202 area code belonging to Washington D.C. actually does connect you with the White House's receptionist.
* FriendlyAddressPrivileges: DefiedTrope: A.J. consistently calls Andrew "Mr. President" even when they're alone, despite them having been the best of friends for years. (When Andrew calls him out on this once, he delivers his reply in the form of a ShoutOut to Dr. Seuss.)

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* FieryRedhead: Sydney
Sydney.
* FiveFiveFive: Averted {{Averted}} when President Shepherd gives Sydney the White House's phone number as 456-1414. Dialing that number after the 202 area code belonging to Washington D.C. actually does connect you with the White House's receptionist.
* FriendlyAddressPrivileges: DefiedTrope: {{Defied}}: A.J. consistently calls Andrew "Mr. President" even when they're alone, despite them having been the best of friends for years. (When Andrew calls him out on this once, he delivers his reply in the form of a ShoutOut to Dr. Seuss.)



-->'''A.J.:''' I will not do it playing pool. I will not do it in a school. I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them. Sam--

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-->'''A.J.:''' I will not do it playing pool. I will not do it in a school. I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them. Sam--them, Sam I am.



* IJustWantToBeNormal: Pres. Shephard regarding his relationship with Sydney.

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* IJustWantToBeNormal: Pres. Shephard President Shepherd regarding his relationship with Sydney.






* MoodWhiplash: After Andrew and Sydney consumate their relationship, a montage follows of the media pouncing all over the pair, as their dating starts dropping his approval numbers and Rumson begins to gain momentum by dragging their relationship through the mud.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Sen. Rumson is pretty obviously based on Bob Dole. Shepherd and his staff are likewise heavily based on various people in the Clinton Administration.

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* MoodWhiplash: After Andrew and Sydney consumate consummate their relationship, a montage follows of the media pouncing all over the pair, as their dating starts dropping his approval numbers and Rumson begins to gain momentum by dragging their relationship through the mud.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Sen. Senator Rumson is pretty obviously based on Bob Dole. Shepherd and his staff are likewise heavily based on various people in the Clinton Administration.



* SexyShirtSwitch: An unusual example is Wade dresses in one in a manner evoking ReadyForLovemaking, rather than after the fact.

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* SexyShirtSwitch: An unusual example is Wade dresses dressed in one in a manner evoking ReadyForLovemaking, rather than after the fact.



* ThinkOfTheChildren: Of course some pundit tries to paint Andrew's daughter into a victim, when really she likes Sydney and has encouraged her Dad to pursue a relationship with her all along.

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* ThinkOfTheChildren: Of course some pundit tries to paint Andrew's daughter into as a victim, when really she likes Sydney and has encouraged her Dad dad to pursue a relationship with her all along.



* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Shepard's final speech where he addresses the whole controversy and admits his own faults both in his relationship with Sydney and with the stance he needed to make with policies and bills as the President.
* YouCanAlwaysTellALiar: Sydney says Shephard has a look when [[HesitationEqualsDishonesty he's holding something back.]] And of course, he's doing it while not telling her he's failing on his end of the agreement with the GDC.

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* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Shepard's Shepherd's final speech where he addresses the whole controversy and admits his own faults both in his relationship with Sydney and with the stance he needed to make with policies and bills as the President.
* YouCanAlwaysTellALiar: Sydney says Shephard Shepherd has a look when [[HesitationEqualsDishonesty he's holding something back.]] And of course, he's doing it while not telling her he's failing on his end of the agreement with the GDC.
12th Apr '16 7:19:39 PM DrOO7
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** There's also a point in the montage where someone expresses concern about what impact the relationship is having on Lucy--while we see her playing an instrument and her father and Sydney applauding her.
11th Feb '16 12:32:30 PM Morgenthaler
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''The American President'' is a 1995 romantic drama directed by Creator/RobReiner (in his first film after the infamous ''{{North}}'') and written by Creator/AaronSorkin, starring MichaelDouglas, Annette Bening, Creator/MichaelJFox, and Creator/MartinSheen. These days it is most noted for being basically a dress rehearsal for Sorkin's later TV series ''Series/TheWestWing'', which included a number of the same actors, albeit in different parts.

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''The American President'' is a 1995 romantic drama directed by Creator/RobReiner (in his first film after the infamous ''{{North}}'') ''Film/{{North}}'') and written by Creator/AaronSorkin, starring MichaelDouglas, Annette Bening, Creator/MichaelJFox, and Creator/MartinSheen. These days it is most noted for being basically a dress rehearsal for Sorkin's later TV series ''Series/TheWestWing'', which included a number of the same actors, albeit in different parts.
2nd Feb '16 11:16:58 AM gallium
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This also grabs the attention of Senator Bob Rumson (Richard Dreyfuss), who has an eye to challenging Shepherd in the next election, and wants to use his relationship with Sydney to drag the President through the mud. This calls into question Shepard's previous "family man" reputation and his professional judgment as the "most powerful man on Earth."

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This also grabs the attention of Senator Bob Rumson (Richard Dreyfuss), (Creator/RichardDreyfuss), who has an eye to challenging Shepherd in the next election, and wants to use his relationship with Sydney to drag the President through the mud. This calls into question Shepard's previous "family man" reputation and his professional judgment as the "most powerful man on Earth."
21st Jan '16 10:56:18 AM LaurelHS
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* FashionHurts: Lucy is helping her father put on a bowtie for the state dinner and he complains that it's too tight:
-->'''Lucy:''' It's supposed to be tight. It's supposed to make you look regal.
-->'''Shepherd:''' Is it supposed to cut off the blood flow to my face?
20th Jan '16 2:46:57 PM LaurelHS
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* SarcasmBlind: Shepherd's aide Janie is going over his daily schedule with him. She mentions a meeting with American Fisheries and that they'll be giving him a 200-pound halibut. Shepherd tells her to make a note that they need to schedule more events where someone gives him a really big fish. Janie actually starts writing this down, then Shepherd says, "Janie, I'm kidding."
12th Jan '16 1:19:09 PM dmcreif
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* LifeImitatesArt: Shepherd tries to call Sydney Ellen Wade, and gets mistaken for a prank caller. In real 2008, after UsefulNotes/BarackObama was elected, he made a phone call to Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. She cut the President-Elect off, saying "I'm sorry but I think this is a joke from one of the South Florida radio stations known for these pranks," and then hung up. Within minutes, Obama's then Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel called her to say that President-Elect Obama wanted to speak with her...and she hung up on him too. Obama had to ask a friend and fellow Congressman of Ros-Lehtinen's to call and convince her that she was not being pranked, and the President-Elect was really trying to call her.



*** An example of TruthInTelevision. Shortly after Barack Obama was elected in 2008, he made a phone call to Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. She cut the President-Elect off, saying "I'm sorry but I think this is a joke from one of the South Florida radio stations known for these pranks," and then hung up. Within minutes, Obama's Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel called her to say that President-Elect Obama wanted to speak with her...and she hung up on him too. Obama had to ask a friend and fellow Congressman of Ros-Lehtinen's to call and convince her that she was not being pranked, and the President-Elect was really trying to call her.
2nd Nov '15 10:52:24 PM Longshadow
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*** An example of TruthInTelevision. Shortly after Barack Obama was elected in 2008, he made a phone call to Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. She cut the President-Elect off, saying "I'm sorry but I think this is a joke from one of the South Florida radio stations known for these pranks," and then hung up. Within minutes, Obama's Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel called her to say that President-Elect Obama wanted to speak with her...and she hung up on him too. Obama had to ask a friend and fellow Congressman of Ros-Lehtinen's to call and convince her that she was not being pranked, and the President-Elect was really trying to call her.



*** An example of TruthInTelevision. Shortly after Barack Obama was elected in 2008, he made a phone call to Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. She cut the President-Elect off, saying "I'm sorry but I think this is a joke from one of the South Florida radio stations known for these pranks," and then hung up. Within minutes, Obama's Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel called her to say that President-Elect Obama wanted to speak with her...and she hung up on him too. Obama had to ask a friend and fellow Congressman of Ros-Lehtinen's to call and convince her that she was not being pranked, and the President-Elect was really trying to call her.
2nd Nov '15 10:51:49 PM Longshadow
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*** An example of TruthInTelevision. Shortly after Barack Obama was elected in 2008, he made a phone call to Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. She cut the President-Elect off, saying "I'm sorry but I think this is a joke from one of the South Florida radio stations known for these pranks," and then hung up. Within minutes, Obama's Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel called her to say that President-Elect Obama wanted to speak with her...and she hung up on him too. Obama had to ask a friend and fellow Congressman of Ros-Lehtinen's to call and convince her that she was not being pranked, and the President-Elect was really trying to call her.
2nd Sep '15 2:38:56 AM KeithTyler
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* WhamLine: "...because *they don't know the difference.*"

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* WhamLine: "...because *they ''they don't know the difference.*"'''difference.'''''"
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