History Film / TheAmericanPresident

16th Feb '17 3:40:10 PM LaurelHS
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** It also happened to him when he tried to get flowers for Sydney. He tried calling the florist, only for said florist to hang up after he stated he was the President of the United States. Then, on his way to fundraiser, he happens upon the shop of the florist he called, and gets out of the car to buy flowers as an apology to Sydney for canceling their date that night. Said florist is on the phone, and when he tries to get her attention, she blows him off, then does a DoubleTake. He asks her if she was the same florist he called earlier, and she faints at the realization that she hung up on ''the President of the United States''.

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** It also happened to him when he tried to get flowers for Sydney. He tried calling the florist, only for said florist to hang up after he stated he was the President of the United States. Then, on his way to a fundraiser, he happens upon the shop of the florist he called, and gets out of the car to buy flowers as an apology to Sydney for canceling their date that night. Said florist is on the phone, and when he tries to get her attention, she blows him off, then does a DoubleTake. He asks her if she was the same florist he called earlier, and she faints at the realization that she hung up on ''the President of the United States''.
16th Feb '17 3:32:06 PM LaurelHS
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* MistakenForPrankCall[=/=]MistakenForAnImpostor: Shepard's first attempt to talk on the phone to Sydney Ellen Wade goes badly, with her thinking he is a colleague trying to give his best Andrew Shepard impression.

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* MistakenForPrankCall[=/=]MistakenForAnImpostor: Shepard's Shepherd's first attempt to talk on the phone to Sydney Ellen Wade goes badly, with her thinking he is a colleague trying to give his best Andrew Shepard Shepherd impression.
15th Feb '17 1:33:50 PM LaurelHS
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* AllWomenLoveShoes: Lucy seems to think so; before the State Dinner, she tells her father that complimenting a woman's shoes is a good date move.


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* TheKlutz: In Leon Kodak's first scene, he has an OffscreenCrash involving a big ficus plant. Then he walks into the Oval Office and almost knocks over a lamp.
21st Oct '16 9:28:13 PM Mdumas43073
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30th Sep '16 4:49:23 PM zeldafanjtl
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-->'''Shepherd''' How much do you make?
-->'''Wade''' More than you do, Mr. President.
-->'''Shepherd''' The name is Andy. How much money do you make?
-->'''Wade''' What the hell does it matter how much money I make!?
-->'''Shepherd''' You raise your voice to the president?

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-->'''Shepherd''' -->'''Shepherd:''' How much do you make?
-->'''Wade''' -->'''Wade:''' More than you do, Mr. President.
-->'''Shepherd''' -->'''Shepherd:''' The name is Andy. How much money do you make?
-->'''Wade''' -->'''Wade:''' What the hell does it matter how much money I make!?
-->'''Shepherd''' -->'''Shepherd:''' You raise your voice to the president?
30th Sep '16 4:48:45 PM zeldafanjtl
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** Shepherd himself plays with this.
-->'''Shepherd''' How much do you make?
-->'''Wade''' More than you do, Mr. President.
-->'''Shepherd''' The name is Andy. How much money do you make?
-->'''Wade''' What the hell does it matter how much money I make!?
-->'''Shepherd''' You raise your voice to the president?
18th Jul '16 4:42:25 PM Orbiting
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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.



* MistakenForPrankCall[=/=]MistakenForImpostor: Shepard's first attempt to talk on the phone to Sydney Ellen Wade goes badly, with her thinking he is a colleague trying to give his best Andrew Shepard impression.

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* MistakenForPrankCall[=/=]MistakenForImpostor: MistakenForPrankCall[=/=]MistakenForAnImpostor: Shepard's first attempt to talk on the phone to Sydney Ellen Wade goes badly, with her thinking he is a colleague trying to give his best Andrew Shepard impression.



-->'''Shepherd (amused):''' Yeah, I think she remembers me.

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-->'''Shepherd (amused):''' -->'''Shepherd:''' ''[amused]'' Yeah, I think she remembers me.



-->''(President Shepherd and A.J. are playing pool):''

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-->''(President -->''[President Shepherd and A.J. are playing pool):''pool]''
4th Jul '16 9:59:08 AM b3900
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->''"You want a character debate, Bob? You better stick with me, 'cause Sydney Ellen Wade is way out of your league.''
-->-- '''President Andrew Shepherd'''
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.
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