Whenever Inauguration Day approaches, we swear in a President once more. Often a President is collected, intelligent, charismatic… but must there be something more? Within the realm of our imagination, there live characters that do not just fill the mould of the presidency, but complete the mould. Looking through some of my favorite movies, I believe I have found 10 individuals who would make the presidency a force to be reckoned with.
While I tried to use all genres, I discounted a film’s depiction of actual people, and tried to keep the characters completely fictional. I also discounted superheroes that have appeared in comics because there has just been a list published on this very site that dealt with that material, and I would hate to be redundant. A president inspires, and these films and their characters have done that for generations.
10. Beatrice – Much Ado About Nothing
“Ladies and gentleman of congress, I bear the terribles new. You have all been exhibiting signs of fatigue, incoherence, irrational mood swings, and an overwhelming inability to perform even the most menial of tasks. You have all come down with that dreaded disease – politics. I’m afraid it is fatal, and I will have to let you all go.”
If movies have taught us anything, it is that women have just as much ability to lead as men, and that all men should fear a woman with wisdom and wit. And no one was more willing to use that wit than Beatrice in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Beatrice lived in a world where her intelligence was both prized and reviled, as a woman with intelligence is both a novelty and a stigma.
She learned to accept the reality that she could live as a maid, and instead decided to love what pleasure she got from her conversations, and winning them. In a debate, President Beatrice would have no equal, able to reduce any and all opponents to tears and blubbering in mere minutes. No one could hope to compete with her, because no one could hope to match her wit. And so President Beatrice would be able to pursue her goals: that everyone would be able to enjoy the arts, to live and love. She would be a voice of reason and a voice of peace in such a troubled time as we live. She would bring us hope.
This article was first posted on January 15, 2013