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19th Nov '17 10:04:17 AM nighttrainfm
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* U.S. President Arthur Winters in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story ''The Sound of Drums'' is something of a President Buffoon -- although technically, he's only a President-''Elect''.

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U.S. President Arthur Winters in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story ''The "The Sound of Drums'' Drums" is something of a President Buffoon -- although technically, he's only a President-''Elect''.



** Arthur Winters appears to be a thinly veiled President Unmodified based on then-President George W. Bush, playing up the widespread European perception of Bush as an arrogant, overbearing cowboy-type. (The Master [[spoiler:has him disintegrated]].) Two years later, in "The End of Time," they dispensed with the veil and referred to President Obama by name.

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** Arthur Winters appears to be a thinly veiled President Unmodified based on then-President George W. Bush, playing up the widespread European perception of Bush as an arrogant, overbearing cowboy-type. (The Master [[spoiler:has him disintegrated]].) disintegrated.]]) Two years later, in "The End of Time," they dispensed with the veil and referred to President Obama by name.
2nd Nov '17 12:48:23 PM DustSnitch
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* ''Art/TheApotheosisOfWashington'' contains an ExaggeratedTrope of President Action, where Washington's military success is portrayed as being so great that he has taken a throne in Heaven above the Greek Gods and [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Freedom]] itself.
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31st Oct '17 7:04:31 PM darkemyst
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* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, Cornelius Fudge started off as Minister Buffoon and Minister Focus Group (responding to people like Lucius Malfoy) before eventually becoming Minister Scheming/Corrupt, with a nice side helping of paranoia.

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* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, Cornelius Fudge started off as Minister Buffoon and Minister Focus Group (responding to people like Lucius Malfoy) before eventually becoming Minister Scheming/Corrupt, with a nice side helping of paranoia.paranoia in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''.



** The Muggle Prime Minister seen at the beginning of the sixth book was Minister Focus Group. His InnerMonologue was pretty much devoted to "What will the voters think?" Believed by some to be a parody of UsefulNotes/TonyBlair, whom Creator/JKRowling is said to be not fond of. His mannerisms are also reminiscent of [[Series/YesMinister Jim Hacker]], enough to be considered a ShoutOut if deliberate.

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** The Muggle Prime Minister seen at the beginning of the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince sixth book book]] was Minister Focus Group. His InnerMonologue was pretty much devoted to "What will the voters think?" Believed by some to be a parody of UsefulNotes/TonyBlair, whom Creator/JKRowling is said to be not fond of. His mannerisms are also reminiscent of [[Series/YesMinister Jim Hacker]], enough to be considered a ShoutOut if deliberate.
20th Oct '17 5:24:17 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** It was also odd because while it fits the parody, it doesn't exactly fit the governor we all know and love. A TakeThat, perhaps? Matt Groening is supposedly a friend of Phil Angelides (who ran against Arnie in 2006).

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** It was also odd because while it fits the parody, it doesn't exactly fit the governor we all know and love. A TakeThat, perhaps? Matt Groening Creator/MattGroening is supposedly a friend of Phil Angelides (who ran against Arnie in 2006).
11th Oct '17 12:32:07 PM bt8257
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->''"If the president does it, that means that it is not illegal."''

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->''"If ->''"Well, when the president does it, that means that it is not ''not'' illegal."''
30th Aug '17 4:27:56 PM tyrekecorrea
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The President, whether he realises it or not, is merely a puppet of someone else and is in power to carry out another' agenda. As such, they are typically also any one of the other types, though President Buffoon is often the stereotype. Usually this indicates an implicit or explicit critique of the entire democratic process, as it doesn't matter whether this person was elected by the people or not (and in such cases, an electoral process that returns a puppet President must be flawed in some regard); they are '''not''' putting the interests of the people first, but serving the interests of another party first and foremost, though said party may sometimes be well-intentioned. For the ConspiracyTheorist (and sometimes, just the more cynical critics of the political system in general), ''every'' President is usually a President Puppet, putting the interests of Wall Street, big business, or some other nebulous and powerful, partisan, well-funded faction ahead of their election platform and promises.

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The President, whether he realises it or not, is merely a puppet of someone else and is in power to carry out another' another's agenda. As such, they are typically also any one of the other types, though President Buffoon is often the stereotype. Usually this indicates an implicit or explicit critique of the entire democratic process, as it doesn't matter whether this person was elected by the people or not (and in such cases, an electoral process that returns a puppet President must be flawed in some regard); they are '''not''' putting the interests of the people first, but serving the interests of another party first and foremost, though said party may sometimes be well-intentioned. For the ConspiracyTheorist (and sometimes, just the more cynical critics of the political system in general), ''every'' President is usually a President Puppet, putting the interests of Wall Street, big business, or some other nebulous and powerful, partisan, well-funded faction ahead of their election platform and promises.
27th Aug '17 7:59:34 AM HeraldAlberich
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The President is female and/or from a minority background, ethnic or otherwise. How much her or his or her minority background is mentioned depends on the plot and whether anyone feels like invoking ''Theater/{{Othello}}''. Resemblance to UsefulNotes/BarackObama (in works made in 2009 or later) is somewhat common if the minority background is specifically being of African/Black ethnicity. Resemblance to UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher is surprisingly rare.[[note]]It should be noted that black Americans overwhelmingly support Obama, while Thatcher was loathed by many British women as she was no friend to feminism, among other things.[[/note]] Any resemblance to UsefulNotes/BenjaminDisraeli is even rarer. Sometimes used to depict a setting TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture in Zeerust-y sci-fi works. Now that it's actually happening, it should be interesting to see how it'll turn out.

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The President is female and/or from a minority background, ethnic or otherwise. How much her or his or her minority background is mentioned depends on the plot and whether anyone feels like invoking ''Theater/{{Othello}}''.''Theatre/{{Othello}}''. Resemblance to UsefulNotes/BarackObama (in works made in 2009 or later) is somewhat common if the minority background is specifically being of African/Black ethnicity. Resemblance to UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher is surprisingly rare.[[note]]It should be noted that black Americans overwhelmingly support Obama, while Thatcher was loathed by many British women as she was no friend to feminism, among other things.[[/note]] Any resemblance to UsefulNotes/BenjaminDisraeli is even rarer. Sometimes used to depict a setting TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture in Zeerust-y sci-fi works. Now that it's actually happening, it should be interesting to see how it'll turn out.
29th Jul '17 1:27:49 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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A common character in TheNineties, this President [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking kicks ass consistently and thoroughly]]. Oftentimes, he's far more a badass than his entire Secret Service detail combined. This particular detail is often {{justified|Trope}} by [[HandWave declaring]] that, before elected to office, he [[RetiredBadass was a decorated military hero]], as there are several real-world cases (see below). In fiction few leaders outside of the United States have been placed into this role. [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething King Action]], however, is fairly common, as in the past it was an explicit part of the King's duty to be a battlefield leader. Note connections with {{Eagleland}}.

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A common character in TheNineties, this President [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking kicks ass consistently and thoroughly]]. Oftentimes, he's far more a badass than his entire Secret Service detail combined. This particular detail is often {{justified|Trope}} by [[HandWave declaring]] that, before elected to office, he [[RetiredBadass was a decorated military hero]], as there are several real-world cases (see below). In fiction few leaders outside of the United States have been placed into this role. [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething King Action]], however, is fairly common, as in the past it was an explicit part of the King's duty to be a [[WarriorPrince battlefield leader.leader]]. Note connections with {{Eagleland}}.
3rd Jul '17 2:47:33 PM nighttrainfm
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->''"If you look for it, I've got a sneaking suspicion love actually is all around."''

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->''"If you look for it, I've got a sneaking suspicion sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around."''
27th Jun '17 7:42:48 AM Folamh3
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* Merkin Muffley in ''[[Film/DrStrangelove Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb]]'' is no Jack Kennedy. President strawman for the most part. Played by Peter Sellers, he has plenty of caricaturesque moments, some taken the extreme during the ridicule phone call with his Russian counterpart. The man is compassionate and soft-spoken, but he comes off as weak, which is underscored by his baldness, poor eyesight and voice, affected by a cold in some scenes. To his credit, he's able to shut down Turgidson's gung-ho suggestions and is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who takes the right decisions. These HiddenDepths are modelled after Adlai Stevenson's.

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* Merkin Muffley in ''[[Film/DrStrangelove Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb]]'' is no Jack Kennedy. President strawman for the most part. Played by Peter Sellers, he has plenty of caricaturesque moments, some taken the extreme during the ridicule phone call with his Russian counterpart. The man is compassionate and soft-spoken, but he comes off as weak, which is underscored by his baldness, poor eyesight and voice, affected by a cold in some scenes. To his credit, he's able to shut down Turgidson's gung-ho suggestions and is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who takes the right decisions. These HiddenDepths are modelled after Adlai Stevenson's. Also note his MeaningfulName, meant to indicate that he is a massive puss- pussilanimous sort of person.
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