History Main / TwentyFifthAmendment

31st May '16 11:11:10 AM StarSword
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* In the Season 2 episode ''Series/MadamSecretary'', UsefulNotes/AirForceOne goes missing over the Atlantic with President Dalton and the Speaker on board, at the same time as the Vice-President collapses on a golf course, requiring emergency surgery. The President pro Tempore of the Senate is summoned to the White House to be sworn in... when it rapidly becomes established that he's senile, thinking Creator/RonaldReagan is still in office. So, the job falls to the Secretary of State i.e. Elizabeth [=McCord=], who gets a few hours in the post before [[spoiler: Air Force One is found]].

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* In ''Series/MadamSecretary'': The season 2 premiere "The Show Must Go On" deals with the Season 2 episode ''Series/MadamSecretary'', UsefulNotes/AirForceOne Presidential Succession Act, which expands on the 25th Amendment in the event the President and Vice President are both unavailable. ''UsefulNotes/AirForceOne'' goes missing over the Atlantic with President Dalton and the Speaker on board, at the same time as the Vice-President collapses on a golf course, requiring emergency surgery. The President pro Tempore of the Senate is summoned to the White House to be sworn in... when it rapidly becomes established that he's senile, thinking Creator/RonaldReagan is still in office. So, the job falls to the Secretary of State i.e. State, protagonist Elizabeth [=McCord=], who gets a few hours in the post before [[spoiler: Air ''Air Force One One'' is found]].found.
28th May '16 8:18:28 AM poi99
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Coincidentally, all these instances involved Republicans. There is a reason for this: the ones surrounding Nixon are of course about Nixon, and colonoscopies are generally prescribed once every 5-10 years after about the age of 50. Democratic Presidents since then have been substantially younger (Carter took office at 52, Clinton at 46, Obama at 47) than their Republican counterparts (Nixon at 56, Ford at 61, Reagan at 69, H.W. at 64, Dubya at 54).

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Coincidentally, Incidentally, all these instances involved Republicans. There is a reason for this: the Republicans.[[note]]The ones surrounding Nixon are of course about Nixon, and can perhaps be chalked up to coincidence, but colonoscopies are generally prescribed once every 5-10 years after about the age of 50. Democratic Presidents since then Nixon have been substantially younger (Carter took office at 52, Clinton at 46, Obama at 47) than their Republican counterparts (Nixon at 56, Ford at 61, Reagan at 69, H.W. at 64, Dubya at 54).
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20th Mar '16 7:51:27 AM SilentHunterUK
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* In the Season 2 episode ''Series/MadamSecretary'', UsefulNotes/AirForceOne goes missing over the Atlantic with President Dalton and the Speaker on board, at the same time as the Vice-President collapses on a golf course, requiring emergency surgery. The President pro Tempore of the Senate is summoned to the White House to be sworn in... when it rapidly becomes established that he's senile, thinking Creator/RonaldReagan is still in office. So, the job falls to the Secretary of State i.e. Elizabeth [=McCord=], who gets a few hours in the post before [[spoiler: Air Force One is found]].
6th Mar '16 9:00:24 AM ZimFan89
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* In ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'', this is applied:

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* In ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'', this is applied:applied several times:



** At the end of Season 2, [[spoiler:When Underwood engineers the resignation of the President amidst a series of scandals and becomes President himself.]]
** In season 4, Frank gets shot by Lucas Goodwin in an assassination attempt, and Vice President Donald Blythe is made Acting President.

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** At the end of Season 2, [[spoiler:When [[spoiler:when Underwood engineers the resignation of the President amidst a series of scandals and becomes President himself.]]
** In season 4, [[spoiler: Frank gets shot by Lucas Goodwin in an assassination attempt, attempt]], and Vice President Donald Blythe is made Acting President.President until he recovers.
4th Mar '16 9:05:16 PM dmcreif
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Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which provides for the Vice President to become Acting President in certain situations. Highly likely to be applied at some point in a drama in which the President is a major character, mostly for reasons of the RuleOfDrama--in reality, the Amendment has only been applied six times. Of these, three had to do with the debacle that was the Nixon presidency and three had to do with the health of the Presidential [[ToiletHumor pooper]]:

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The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which provides for the Vice President to become Acting President in certain situations. Highly likely to be applied at some point in a drama in which the President is a major character, mostly for reasons of the RuleOfDrama--in reality, the Amendment has only been applied six times. Of these, three had to do with the debacle that was the Nixon presidency and three had to do with the health of the Presidential [[ToiletHumor pooper]]:



* In the American ''[[Series/HouseOfCardsUS House of Cards]]'', this is applied twice:
** Near the end of Season 1, [[spoiler:when Underwood engineers the resignation of the Vice President by having him run for and win the governorship of Pennsylvania, and Underwood is appointed Vice President]]

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* In the American ''[[Series/HouseOfCardsUS House of Cards]]'', ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'', this is applied twice:
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** Near the end of Season 1, [[spoiler:when Frank Underwood engineers the resignation of the Vice President by having him run for and win the governorship of Pennsylvania, and Underwood is appointed Vice President]]



** In season 4, Frank gets shot by Lucas Goodwin in an assassination attempt, and Vice President Donald Blythe is made Acting President.



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23rd Dec '15 7:27:36 PM NotThisThing
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* In the film ''Film/{{Dave}}'', the 25th is sidestepped by putting an impersonator in the Presidential seat, after the real President suffers a crippling stroke. According to Bob Alexander, the Chief of Staff, it's because the Vice President is mentally ill and can't be allowed to take the seat, but really it's because Alexander wants the VP fired and himself made VP so he can ascend to the Presidency next. The actual VP is perfectly sane [[spoiler:and becomes President after Dave secretly resigns.]]

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* In the film ''Film/{{Dave}}'', the 25th is sidestepped by putting an impersonator in the Presidential seat, after the real President suffers a crippling stroke. According to Bob Alexander, the Chief of Staff, it's because the Vice President is mentally ill and can't be allowed to take the seat, but really it's because Alexander wants the VP fired and himself made VP so he can ascend to the Presidency next. The actual VP is perfectly sane [[spoiler:and becomes President after Dave secretly resigns.feigns a stroke and the real President dies.]]
14th Dec '15 3:11:00 PM Discar
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* Appropriately given the topic of the show, ''Series/TheWestWing'' invoked this amendment a few times, most notably the fourth-season finale, "Twenty Five". For added drama, [[spoiler: the Vice President [[YourCheatingHeart has to resign]] just before the President's daughter [[ThePresidentsDaughter gets kidnapped]], so power falls to the Speaker of the House, the [[TeethClenchedTeamwork most powerful Republican]] around.]]

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* Appropriately given the topic of the show, ''Series/TheWestWing'' invoked this amendment a few times, most notably the fourth-season finale, "Twenty Five". For added drama, [[spoiler: the Vice President [[YourCheatingHeart has to resign]] just before the President's daughter [[ThePresidentsDaughter gets kidnapped]], kidnapped, so power falls to the Speaker of the House, the [[TeethClenchedTeamwork most powerful Republican]] around.]]
4th Dec '15 1:27:44 AM Tuomas
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* In the ''ComicBook/TheBoys'', the BigBad megacorporation has managed to put a guy who's in their pocket in the position of Vice President. Their EvilPlan is to then secretly assassinate the current President, so that their man can take his place. [[spoiler:The plan fails, but the President later dies in a freak accident, so they get their way anyway.]]
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3rd Aug '15 11:00:41 AM Cryoclaste
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* Presumably the [=UCAS=] Constitution from {{Shadowrun}} has a similar amendment, as VP Kyle Haeffner assumed the presidency in the wake of President Dunkelzahn's assassination. Nadja Daviar, Dunkelzahn's former spokesperson, was picked as the new VP by Haeffner and confirmed as such by Congress.

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* Presumably the [=UCAS=] Constitution from {{Shadowrun}} ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' has a similar amendment, as VP Kyle Haeffner assumed the presidency in the wake of President Dunkelzahn's assassination. Nadja Daviar, Dunkelzahn's former spokesperson, was picked as the new VP by Haeffner and confirmed as such by Congress.



* Surprisingly not invoked in ''ShatteredUnion'', when a domestic terrorist attack obliterates Washington, D.C., with a nuclear device during the Presidential Inauguration, killing, pretty much, the entire federal government. This results in, first, Texas and then other states seceding and creating their own mini-republics. Of course, even before that, the President was extremely unpopular and has, pretty much, violated the Constitution by forcing the Supreme Court to declare all the other candidates unfit during his re-election. When riots started in the West Coast, he declared martial law.

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* Surprisingly not invoked in ''ShatteredUnion'', ''VideoGame/ShatteredUnion'', when a domestic terrorist attack obliterates Washington, D.C., with a nuclear device during the Presidential Inauguration, killing, pretty much, the entire federal government. This results in, first, Texas and then other states seceding and creating their own mini-republics. Of course, even before that, the President was extremely unpopular and has, pretty much, violated the Constitution by forcing the Supreme Court to declare all the other candidates unfit during his re-election. When riots started in the West Coast, he declared martial law.
3rd Aug '15 12:15:17 AM pittsburghmuggle
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{{Wikipedia}} has [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_line_of_succession a list of the real order of succession and who is currently on it]], if you are interested.

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{{Wikipedia}} Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} has [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_line_of_succession a list of the real order of succession and who is currently on it]], if you are interested.
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