We need Dave

One of my favorite movies is called “Dave” starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver. Kline plays the title character who is asked to be a puppet President propped up by the Chief of Staff (played by Frank Langella) after the President has a stroke. Dave is tapped due to his close resemblance to the President which he has parlayed into an act for parties.

Yet, Dave turns out to be a surprisingly good President who gets further enabled when the First Lady (Weaver) realizes he is a fraud and her husband (who she loathes  due to his affair) is in a coma on life support. She encourages Dave to be a true people’s President and he flourishes. Unlike the President he replaces, he focuses on jobs and helping people when needed. The best segment is when he asks his accountant, Murray, played by Charles Grodin, to find money in the budget to help disadvantaged kids and then plays his ideas out in front of his cabinet to the fury of the Chief of Staff.

Thinking of the line from Simon and Garfunkel song, “Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio, our nation turns its lonely eyes to you,” I would insert Dave’s name for the needed hero. Rather than the man who is President in name only, we need Dave to come to the rescue and take the reins. It cannot be the Vice President who has become chief sycophant to the President agreeing with every inane thing he does. We need a hero who truly cares about people and relationships, values those who serve and inspires others. The “valuing those who serve” is important as our current President shows disrespect to hard working civil servants as well as his staff and due process.

Two key undercurrents of the movie are the relationship Dave has with his Secret Service lead (played by Ving Rhames) and his respect he gains for his Vice President (played by Ben Kingsley). He values them and they show him respect in return.

So, if we could trade out Dave for Donald, we would be in a much better place. And, if he cannot do it, maybe Michael Douglas’   “The American President” could be tapped.

 

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14 thoughts on “We need Dave

  1. I loved both these movies! I wonder though, if these Hollywood fantasy, cardboard cut-outs of what goes into being a great president helped to convince the idiot we have in office now that it was an easy job. Who knew that it could be so hard?

  2. Dear Keith,

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Melania willingly played along with this script, as well. This was a fun movie to watch and it makes for a great fantasy for these times.

    Hugs, Gronda

  3. Note to Readers: Martin Sheen made s great President in West Wing, but his role in The American President was the Chief of Staff who helped get Michael Douglas’ character elected.

  4. I have never seen this movie, but am now determined to watch it! Oh if only such a thing could happen …. 🙂 And I fully agree with Gronda … Melania no doubt married DDT for his money and it is obvious there is no love between the two, so she would probably be more than happy to be rid of the pervert she’s married to now!

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