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24th Jun '16 5:17:37 PM nombretomado
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* UsefulNotes/BillClinton ended up with quite a bit of animated screen time in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', {{Freakazoid}} and ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' as the current President. (Prior series ''TinyToonAdventures'' used UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln as a generic President). Al Gore doesn't get quite as much, but he does show up a few times. Of course, this isn't quite the ''actual'' image, merely an animated version several times.

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* UsefulNotes/BillClinton ended up with quite a bit of animated screen time in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', {{Freakazoid}} ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' as the current President. (Prior series ''TinyToonAdventures'' ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' used UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln as a generic President). Al Gore doesn't get quite as much, but he does show up a few times. Of course, this isn't quite the ''actual'' image, merely an animated version several times.
26th May '16 10:21:59 AM Willbyr
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* ''{{Heroman}}'' plays this...a bit oddly: the President of the United States appears onscreen and has quite a few speaking lines, but looks a lot like former Japanese Prime Minister Jun'ichiro Koizumi.

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* ''{{Heroman}}'' ''Manga/{{Heroman}}'' plays this...a bit oddly: the President of the United States appears onscreen and has quite a few speaking lines, but looks a lot like former Japanese Prime Minister Jun'ichiro Koizumi.
25th Mar '16 2:59:58 PM Morgenthaler
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* A photograph of Ronald Reagan was prominently displayed in the NORAD command room in ''War Games.'' (Probably there because it's TruthInTelevision - US federal government buildings usually display a photograph of the current President, as with the French example below - but admirers of the "Gipper" have accused the movie of Anviliciously cutting away to his picture every time the DefCon alert was raised.)

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* A photograph of Ronald Reagan was prominently displayed in the NORAD command room in ''War Games.'' (Probably there because it's TruthInTelevision - US federal government buildings usually display a photograph of the current President, as with the French example below - but admirers of the "Gipper" have accused the movie of Anviliciously cutting away to his picture every time the DefCon Defcon alert was raised.)
13th Feb '16 7:31:32 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Series/TheExpanse'' does this with the [[UnitedNationsAsASuperpower UN Secretary-General]], who is repeatedly mentioned, but never makes an on-screen appearance.

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* ''Series/TheExpanse'' does this with the [[UnitedNationsAsASuperpower [[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower UN Secretary-General]], who is repeatedly mentioned, but never makes an on-screen appearance.
13th Feb '16 7:29:59 PM ZimFan89
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* In ''Series/{{Veep}}, the TransatlanticEquivalent of ''Series/TheThickOfIt'', the President is never seen, and his name is not revealed [[spoiler:until he resigns at the end of season 3]].

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* In ''Series/{{Veep}}, ''Series/{{Veep}}'', the TransatlanticEquivalent of ''Series/TheThickOfIt'', the President is never seen, and his name is not revealed [[spoiler:until he resigns at the end of season 3]].


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* ''Series/TheExpanse'' does this with the [[UnitedNationsAsASuperpower UN Secretary-General]], who is repeatedly mentioned, but never makes an on-screen appearance.
12th Feb '16 9:04:07 AM DesertDragon
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It is, in some contexts, not legal to use the actual image of the President of the United States for commercial purposes (''Film/{{Contact}}'', a film starring Creator/JodieFoster, came under some fire for recontextualizing actual footage of UsefulNotes/BillClinton for their own purposes).

Most likely the lawyers have it wrong to some extent. As far as the President, he has just as much rights to exclusive use of his name and face as any other famous individual. However, as a political figure--whether a current or former president--there are First Amendment rights to use the name or likeness of the President in a film when it would be appropriate to do so -- such as parody, satire, etc.

There is, however, a law on the books which prohibits use of a president's name or likeness as a trademark for a product during his lifetime or the lifetime of his widow. This is the only actual legal prohibition other than the standard one that applies to all famous persons including politicians. Famous people can stop exploitation of their image based on a right to commercial exploitation (but the President himself has no greater right, and in fact, may have less because he is a politician), thus it is believed that an actual current or former President cannot be used in a film or TV show.

As a result, whenever a scene calls for the President, but the show is meant to be set "in the real world" (and thus, a fictional president is undesirable, and an [[ThePoorMansSubstitute impersonator]] wouldn't be sufficiently convincing), the President is generally implemented as HeWhoMustNotBeSeen, especially TheFaceless. If the President is vague to the point that even his name is never said, this is done keep the show from being dated once his term is over (think of how [[TheSimpsons Bart and Lisa Simpson]] have been through the entirety of Bush Sr. and Clinton's terms before the show stopped portraying real-life Presidents). The transatlantic counterpart would be the appearance of the outstretched hand of the Queen or Prime Minister, unseen on the other side of the door.

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It is, in some contexts, not legal to use the actual image of the President of the United States for commercial purposes (''Film/{{Contact}}'', a film starring Creator/JodieFoster, came under some fire for recontextualizing actual footage of UsefulNotes/BillClinton for their own purposes).

Most likely the lawyers have it wrong to some extent. As far as the President, he has just as much rights to exclusive use of his name and face as any other famous individual. However, as a political figure--whether a current or former president--there are First Amendment rights to use the name or likeness of the President in a film when it would be appropriate to do so -- such as parody, satire, etc.

There is, however, a law on the books which prohibits use of a president's name or likeness as a trademark for a product during his lifetime or the lifetime of his widow. This is the only actual legal prohibition other than the standard one that applies to all famous persons including politicians. Famous people can stop exploitation of their image based on a right to commercial exploitation (but the President himself has no greater right, and in fact, may have less because he is a politician), thus it is believed that an actual current or former President cannot be used in a film or TV show.

As a result, whenever
Whenever a scene calls for the President, but the show is meant to be set "in the real world" (and thus, a fictional president is undesirable, and an [[ThePoorMansSubstitute impersonator]] wouldn't be sufficiently convincing), the President is generally implemented as HeWhoMustNotBeSeen, especially TheFaceless. If the President is vague to the point that even his their name is never said, this is done keep the show from being dated once his their term is over (think of how [[TheSimpsons Bart and Lisa Simpson]] have been through the entirety of Bush Sr. and Clinton's terms before the show stopped portraying real-life Presidents). The transatlantic counterpart would be the appearance of the outstretched hand of the Queen Monarch or Prime Minister, unseen on the other side of the door.
24th Jan '16 7:31:03 PM nombretomado
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* In the {{WesternAnimation/Batman|TheAnimatedSeries}} / {{Superman|TheAnimatedSeries}} crossover "World's Finest" Superman stops a hijacking of UsefulNotes/AirForceOne. After the rescue, they cut to Superman saying "Thank you, Mr. President," through the window of the President's limo, which then drives off.

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* In the {{WesternAnimation/Batman|TheAnimatedSeries}} / {{Superman|TheAnimatedSeries}} WesternAnimation/{{Superman|TheAnimatedSeries}} crossover "World's Finest" Superman stops a hijacking of UsefulNotes/AirForceOne. After the rescue, they cut to Superman saying "Thank you, Mr. President," through the window of the President's limo, which then drives off.
20th Jan '16 9:38:24 PM jormis29
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** In a less glamorous moment for Slick Willie, his Marvel Universe self also personally kicked CaptainAmerica out of the country after Cap had been accused of treason. Of course, once Cap's name was cleared, he welcomed him back.
** Bill and Hillary also played a significant role in several issues of {{Supreme}}, and while he was never shown, Obama was mentioned in the revised 2013 series.

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** In a less glamorous moment for Slick Willie, his Marvel Universe self also personally kicked CaptainAmerica ComicBook/CaptainAmerica out of the country after Cap had been accused of treason. Of course, once Cap's name was cleared, he welcomed him back.
** Bill and Hillary also played a significant role in several issues of {{Supreme}}, ''ComicBook/{{Supreme}}'', and while he was never shown, Obama was mentioned in the revised 2013 series.
28th Nov '15 4:16:24 PM nombretomado
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* Played with in the ComicBook/{{Runaways}}[=/=]ComicBook/YoungAvengers ''SecretInvasion'' crossover miniseries. During the final battle against Chrell, Speed grabs Molly Hayes and Klara Prast and dumps them somewhere far away from the fighting. Klara looks around and suddenly exclaims "Mr. President!" [[spoiler:It turns out they've been dropped off in front of Mt. Rushmore]].

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* Played with in the ComicBook/{{Runaways}}[=/=]ComicBook/YoungAvengers ''SecretInvasion'' ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'' crossover miniseries. During the final battle against Chrell, Speed grabs Molly Hayes and Klara Prast and dumps them somewhere far away from the fighting. Klara looks around and suddenly exclaims "Mr. President!" [[spoiler:It turns out they've been dropped off in front of Mt. Rushmore]].
27th Nov '15 5:35:47 PM nombretomado
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* SavageDragon does this quite a bit. When the protagonist wakes up in the first issue with a specific form of amnesia, he mentions that George Bush (senior) is the president but has no information regarding his own name. Later in the series, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama all make appearances while in office. This trope is also played with since Dragon himself nearly became the president at one point.

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* SavageDragon ComicBook/SavageDragon does this quite a bit. When the protagonist wakes up in the first issue with a specific form of amnesia, he mentions that George Bush (senior) is the president but has no information regarding his own name. Later in the series, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama all make appearances while in office. This trope is also played with since Dragon himself nearly became the president at one point.
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