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YMMV: The American President

  • Anvilicious: Shepard's press conference speech. Let's see: the ACLU is supremely good and noble and anyone who doesn't belong to it doesn't believe in the Constitution; "going after the guns" is GREAT for fighting crime; flag-burning is a symbol of freedom; and there is absolutely no reason anyone should have a legitimate problem with Shepard's relationship with an environmental lobbyist even though in the exact same speech he's just talked about going through with the legislation she's been pushing. Uh-huh.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In January 2012, then-Australian cabinet minister Anthony Albanese plagiarised lines from this film in a speech slamming the then-Opposition Leader: "In Australia we have serious challenges to solve and we need serious people to solve them. Unfortunately, Tony Abbott is not the least bit interested in fixing anything. He is only interested in two things: making Australians afraid of it and telling them who's to blame for it." This will undoubtedly affect the way many Australians see the film in future, as will the line, "Well I sure hope "the Sydney issue" refers in some way to a problem we're having with Australia, because if it's anything else-".
  • Strawman Has a Point: While it was not stated in the movie as clearly, with the focus on the relationship and the obvious comparisons to President Clinton's troubles, what President Shepard was doing was somewhat unethical as seen from the outside. He was in a relationship with a lobbyist that he was also working with at the time on a major piece of legislation. If a real politician did this he would justifiably be attacked in the press for this.